James T. Decker is Associate Professor of Trombone at Texas Tech University, Principal Trombonist of the Britt Festival Orchestra, trombonist with the Texas Tech University Faculty Brass Quintet, Principal Trombonist with the Lubbock Symphony and Music Director of the Texas Tech Trombone Choir.
Prior to his appointment at Texas Tech, Mr. Decker was Principal Trombonist with the Honolulu Symphony, Lecturer of Trombone at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Director of the Manoa Trombones.
James studied at the Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Edward Herman, Jr. He received both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Performance from that institution in four years.. In addition, James has earned a Masters Degree in Music Education from Herbert H. Lehman College, a division of the City University of New York.
James has studied with some of the finest wind and brass pedagogues, including Joseph Alessi, Steven Norrell, Vincent Penzarella, Jerome Callet, Keith Underwood, Arnold Jacobs, Edward Kleinhammer, Frank Crisafulli, John Swallow and Edward Erwin.
Mr. Decker is one of the most versatile trombonists in the world today. He has played virtually every style of music that includes trombone in its ensemble.
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