Brian Scarborough, MM

Brian Scarborough, MM

Adjunct Instructor, Trumbone

Contact Information


MM - DePaul University
BM - University of Kansas


Brian Scarborough has been steadily developing his own voice and style as a trombonist, composer, improviser, and educator.  Born in a suburb of Chicago and raised in Kansas City, his career has led him to work and studies in both cities.  He can be seen performing around Kansas City with his own ensemble, the Brian Scarborough Quintet, and with the People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City and the Boulevard Big Band.  Additionally, Brian can be seen working with musical theatre companies throughout the metropolitan area, having performed for 36 different productions with New Theatre Restaurant, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Spinning Tree Theatre, Musical Theatre Heritage, The Chestnut Theatre, and Music Theater Kansas City, among others.  Brian also served as the lead trombonist for the 2014 Disneyland All-American College Band at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. 
Brian was recently named one of three finalists for the International Trombone Association’s J.J. Johnson Jazz Trombone Competition.  This June he will travel to Redlands, California to participate in the live finals round at the 2017 International Trombone Festival.  Brian also performed at the 2015 American Trombone Workshop hosted by the U.S. Army Band at Ft. Myer, VA and won the National Solo Jazz Competition.  In addition, Brian was named a Luminarts Fellow of Jazz Improvisation in 2014 through the Luminarts Cultural Foundation at The Union League Club of Chicago.  During his undergraduate studies, he was a finalist for the Gilberto Gagliardi competition at the International Trombone Festival and received two Outstanding Performance awards in Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards.
As an educator, Brian has presented workshops and masterclasses at the University of Kansas and Johnson County Community College, and has worked with public schools throughout the area.  He served as an Artist-in-Residence at Washburn University in 2016, performing as a member of the faculty brass quintet.  Additionally, he has served on the faculty for the University of Kansas Jazz Workshop, the Kansas City Jazz Camp, and as a Teaching Assistant for the 2015 Brevard Jazz Institute. 
Brian has studied jazz with Tim Coffman, Tom Matta, Dana Hall, Matt Otto, Danny Embrey, and Dan Gailey, and has studied trombone with Dr. Michael Davidson and Dave Cooper.  He has received additional coaching from Bill Reichenbach, Michael Dease, Andy Martin, Alex Iles, John Fedchock, Elliot Mason, Ingrid Jensen, Luis Bonilla, and Peter Epstein. 
In addition to tenor trombone, Brian also teaches bass trombone, euphonium, and tuba.
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