Kevin Fairbairn


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Kevin Fairbairn

Trombonist Kevin Fairbairn has performed throughout the continental United States as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral trombonist.  Currently residing in Vienna, Kevin is originally from Williamsburg, Virginia, where he began his trombone studies in 1997.  Since then, he has performed at such venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Symphony Hall in Boston; the Wiener Konzerthaus; the Tonhalle in Zurich; the Donauhalle in Donaueschingen; the Filharmonie in Wroclaw; and the Rosary Cathedral in Toledo, OH.  In 2012 he was a finalist in the MTNA's National Young Artist Competition.  Kevin has degrees in trombone performance from the University of Maryland College Park and Bowling Green State University and is pursuing a doctorate at Boston University with Don Lucas.  In addition to these institutions, he attended the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2007 and 2008.  He has studied with Craig Mulcahy, Dr. William Mathis, Dr. Per Brevig, Don Lucas, John Huling, and Garth Simmons.  He has also been an avid supporter and player of jazz, particularly traditional jazz, and performed with the Capital Focus Jazz Band with Dave Robinson from 2006 to 2008.  He can be heard on their recordings from those years.

In addition to his pursuits as a player, Kevin apprenticed with renowned brass instrument maker George McCracken from 2005 to 2010.  In that capacity he has worked on french horns, trumpets, trombones, and tubas, and was involved in everything from  the fabrication of new instruments to standard repair work to the refurbishing of antique instruments.  In his final years there, George and Kevin collaborated to design a new trombone, which Kevin continues to play on today.  He has also worked for the S. E. Shires Company in Massachusetts.

Kevin has also been active as a teacher since 2008. In addition to his private students, he has taught in association with DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD, and Fallen Timbers Middle School in Whitehouse, OH.  He teaches all low brass instruments and has had former students accepted into All-State honor bands in Maryland.