The Indiana University Chapter of the International Trombone Association
The Indiana University School of Music
The Selmer Company
R. Douglas Wright
Principal Trombonist of the Minnesota Orchestra
MARCH 24th, 2002
with Ashley Toms, piano
R. Douglas Wright, principal trombonist with the Minnesota Orchestra, was born and bred in the South. At an early age, he migrated north to attend the New England Conservatory of Music where he began a long relationship with his principal teacher Norman Bolter of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
While at the Conservatory, Mr. Wright also benefited from studies with Douglas Yeo, the bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Graduating with the Chadwick Medal, an honor reserved for the student judged best in the class, Mr. Wright continued his studies at Boston University where he received his Master of Music degree.
While still attending NEC, he began playing with the Boston Pops Orchestra and held the position of second trombone for four years. In addition, Mr. Wright was assistant principal trombone with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and played frequently in the trombone section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In 1993, Mr. Wright returned to Boston University serving both as Adjunct Professor of Trombone and as a member of the Quintet-in-Residence, the Empire Brass Quintet. Touring extensively with the Empire Brass, he performed concerts and taught master classes around the world. Mr. Wright has recorded extensively in both orchestral and chamber music settings with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestras, as well as with the Empire Brass Quintet.
In a mild departure, he appeared with the rock group "Aerosmith" in an MTV video. Truer to form, he has performed numerous times as featured soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, and as a Selmer Clinician, has given recitals and master classes throughout the United States and abroad.