Doug Farwell


Doug Farwell

Doug Farwell is Professor of Trombone at Valdosta State University. He also serves as Interim Head for the Music Department and Executive Director of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. He holds a DMA from the University of Illinois, MM from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and BM from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He has taught on the faculty at VSU, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Eastern Illinois University, and has held Graduate Teaching Assistantships at the University of Illinois and SUNY Stony Brook.

He currently is the principal trombonist with the Albany and Valdosta Symphony Orchestras and a substitute with other regional orchestras. He was featured as soloist with the Albany Symphony and performed Milhaud's Concerto d'hiver and the Ewazen Concerto in 2005. He appeared as soloist with the Valdosta Symphony in 2006 performing the Ewazen Concerto. He performs with the Faculty Jazz Combo and Faculty Brass Quintets at VSU and conducts the VSU Trombone Choir. In the summers, he has taught as the brass instructor for the Georgia Governor's Honors Program and also served as musical director for the Georgia Peach State Summer Theatre and VSU Theatre conducting these shows: Beauty and the Beast, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, A Funny thing happened on the way to the forum and Crazy for You.

Since 2004, he has performed as one of the founding members of the Continental Trombone Quartet, a professional quartet that appears regularly at regional, national and international conferences and festivals. CTQ’s most recent appearances include a performance with the University of Missouri-Columbia Wind Ensemble in February of 2013 and as guest artists for the 2013 Eastern Trombone Workshop on the final concert Saturday, March, 23 at 7:30 pm with the US Army Band.  CTQ also was a featured soloist in Reno, NV in March of 2012 for the Western CBDNA, performing Eric Richard's new Trombone Concerto with the University of Wyoming Wind Ensemble. CTQ recorded their second cd in the summer of 2012, featuring all original works for CTQ and special guest artist-Chris Crenshaw.   Look for iTunes of some of the recorded works in the spring or summer of 2013.  Their first full length cd titled CTQ is available from This cd features works commissioned for CTQ and includes special guests Radegundis Feitosa Nunes and Jim Pugh.

CTQ can also be heard playing "Nature Is..." on the Albany Records release: TROY955 Nature Is... The Music of Cindy Cox.

Listen to CTQ perform Nature Is.. with Dr. Farwell on alto trombone

As a Getzen/Artist clinician, Dr. Farwell performs recitals and clinics across the United States. Dr. Farwell has performed in over 24 professional orchestras in nine different states and has also performed with numerous chamber and jazz/commercial ensembles. A few of those groups include: Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra; VSU Jazz Ensemble, Ed Barr Big Band; Jack Heard Big Band; Georgia All-Star Director's Big Band; Ice Capades; P.T.L Show at Heritage U.S.A.; Ron Rudkin Big Band and NCSA Combo; N.C School of the Arts Big Band; University of Texas Arlington Jazz Band, Roanoke Summer Music Festival with NCSA combo.

A partial listing of artists he has appeared with includes:

George Burns, Bob Hope, Ray Charles, Pete Christlieb, Michael Davis, Vincent D'Martino, John Fedchock, Mitzi Gaynor, Lenny Pickett, Pied-Pippers, Bill Reichenbach, Debbie Reynolds, John Kenny

Dr. Farwell is an artist/clinician for Getzen Trombones. He has chosen to play Getzen trombones for their outstanding quality, great slides and flexibility-needed for the variety of groups he performs with on a regular basis. Dr. Farwell performs on the 3047AF and 3047AFR for orchestra, solo recitals and master-classes, and with the VSU Faculty Brass Quintet. He also plays the new Getzen Custom Series 3508 with the Faculty Jazz Combo and area Big Bands and shows. He also occasionally will pick up the bass trombone and recently played bass with the Macon Symphony using the 3062AF. He currently plays on an Edwards alto.

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