Evan Clifton is a bass trombonist and music educator based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Born and raised in Michigan, he has become a sought after bass trombonist throughout the region performing with The Cleveland Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, and Kalamazoo Symphony, among others. Additionally, he is a tenured member of the West Michigan and Battle Creek Symphonies. Clifton was also formerly interim bass trombonist of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra for the 2013–14 season. Frequently performing on tenor trombone, euphonium, and tuba in addition to bass trombone; he is well versed in a variety of musical styles having performed in big bands, pit orchestras for musicals and opera, solo recitals, chamber ensembles, and symphony orchestras.
In addition to his orchestral experience, Clifton has enjoyed a great deal of success as a soloist. He has made concerto appearances with the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra and Michigan State University Wind Symphony. Evan has also competed as a finalist in the National Solo Competition sponsored by the U.S. Army Band in 2012, and the George Roberts and Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Solo Competitions sponsored by the International Trombone Festival in 2012 and 2015, respectively.
As an educator, Clifton is dedicated to teaching students of all levels by challenging them to think critically and maximize their individual potential through music. He has previously taught privately in the Kalamazoo (MI) and Chicago areas in addition to giving solo recitals, masterclasses, and lectures at high schools and universities throughout the Midwest. Clifton completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Western Michigan University and a Master of Music degree at Michigan State University as a recipient of the University Distinguished Fellowship. His primary teachers include Randy Hawes, Jan Kagarice, Ava Ordman, and Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger.
Clifton is a performing artist and clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company and Denis Wick, performing exclusively on Edwards trombones and Denis Wick mouthpieces and mutes. www.edwards-instruments.com www.dansr.com/wick