Performer, educator and clinician, Dr. Sterling Tanner was recently appointed lecturer of trombone at Ohio State for the 2019–2020 academic year. Formerly, he served as adjunct professor of trombone at Texas A&M University—Kingsville.
An S. E. Shires Performing Artist, Dr. Tanner has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States and abroad including performances in Hong Kong and Valencia, Spain. Dr. Tanner has been appointed the bass trombone chair of the Temple Symphony Orchestra since 2017 and is the bass trombonist for the Somos Quartet — a group that has been featured at the Big 12 Trombone Conference, the Texas State University Trombone Symposium, and at various venues across central Texas.
Dr. Tanner is an accomplished soloist and was named the winner of the 2016 and 2018 American Trombone Workshop Division III Bass Trombone Solo Competition, the 2015 Southeastern Trombone Symposium S. E. Shires Solo Competition, and was a finalist in the 2016 International Trombone Festival’s Donald Yaxley Solo Competition. Additionally, he has performed on stage with trombone greats such as Jim Markey, Charlie Vernon, Denson Paul Pollard, George Curran, Joseph Alessi, Bill Thomas, Brian Hecht and Gerry Pagano. From 2010–2014, Dr. Tanner collaborated in a unique recording project at Columbus State University where various trombone artists recorded solo works with trombone ensemble. The culmination of the collaboration resulted in a disk released by Summit records entitled A Beautiful Noise.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Tanner earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Columbus State University. He holds both MM and DMA degrees in trombone performance from the University of Texas at Austin. His teachers include Bradley Palmer and Nathaniel Brickens. Dr. Tanner is an active member within the International Trombone Association, Texas Music Educators Association, the American Federation of Musicians, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.