Trombone Students

About Our Studio

Trombone Students

Current Studio Members


Joe Ahne - Bass Trombone

Waverly Central High School


Joseph Ahne is a sophomore Music Education major at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is a graduate of Waverly Central High School, where he participated in the Waverly Central Marching Band, Concert Band and Jazz Band. At UTM he performs with the Aviators Athletic Band, UTM Big Band, Contemporary Music Group, Trombone Choir, Concert Band, and Trombone Quartet on both tenor and bass trombone. He enjoys working with young musicians and after graduation plans to pursue a career as a music educator.

Hanna DeYoung

Munford High School


Hanna DeYoung is a sophomore member of the UT Martin Trombone Studio. She graduated from Munford High School from Munford, Tennessee. She is currently a sophomore music education major. She attended the University of Memphis Honor Band, the UT Martin Honor Band, the All-West Tennessee Honor Band, and the All-State Honor Band several times throughout high school. Prior to graduating high school, she played a leading role in the marching band. Hanna took part in numerous ensembles including the wind ensemble, jazz band, trombone choir, and several other small ensembles. She also had the opportunity to participate in marching in the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Hanna currently studies trombone with Dr. Joseph Frye.


Chase Duke - Tenor Trombone

Adamsville High School


Chase Duke is a junior who came to UTM after earning his Associate of Arts degree from Northeast Community College, in Booneville Mississippi. While at Northeast, he was a member of the Tigers Marching Band, NEMCC Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Concert Band. Chase graduated from Adamsville Junior/Senior High School in Adamsville Tennessee. He is majoring in Bachelor of Arts and studies trombone with Dr. Joseph Frye.

Rickey Huggins

Rickey Huggins

Bolivar Central High School


Rickey Huggins is a first-year music education major at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He graduated from Bolivar Central High School in Bolivar, Tennessee in 2018. Rickey participated in the WTSBOA All-West band in 2016 and 2017.

Zack Langford - Tenor Trombone

Obion County Central High School


Zack Langford is a sophomore music education major at the Univeristy of Tennessee at Martin. He graduated from Obion County Central High School in Troy, Tennessee, where he participated in the marching band, concert band, and jazz band under the direction of Jon Kerr and Jonathan Byrd. Zack participated in the WTSBOA concert band in 2012 through 2016 and also made All-State concert band in 2014. In addition, he made an alternate chair for Governor's School in 2015. Zack is currently studying under the tutelage of Dr. Joseph Frye in UT Martin's trombone studio and is also participating in the school's marching band as well as their wind ensemble. After graduating from UT Martin, he plans to attend graduate school for a Masters degree and a Doctorate in trombone performance.

Lexi McGranahan - Tenor Trombonestrong

Waverly Central High School


Lexi McGranahan is a junior Music Education Major at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Before graduating Waverly Central High school in 2016, she was in numerous honor bands and attended All-West on several occasions. At UTM, she has performed in the UTM Trombone Choir, Brass Choir, Pep band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and the Aviators Athletic Band. She currently serves as the secretary for UT Martin's CNAfME chapter. She's a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, CNAfME, and ITA. She plans to pursue a Master's degree in performance upon completing her Bachelor's at UT Martin. Lexi studies trombone with Dr. Joseph Frye.

Jack Scalzo - Bass Trombone

Riverdale High School


Jack Scalzo is a sophomore Music Education major at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Jack graduated from Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where he was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Pep Band, and a Brass Captain and Trombone Section Leader in Marching Band for Mike Aymett and Matthew Crossley. He also performed with the Murfreesboro Youth Jazz Orchestra, Mid-State, and at the Tennessee Tech Winds Festival. Jack is currently studying under Dr. Joseph Frye.

Isaac Spitler - Tenor Trombone

Covington High School


Isaac Spitler is a senior Music Education Major at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He graduated from Covington High School in 2015, and participated in All-West as a Junior and Senior. While attending Martin, Isaac participated in a masterclass with Ross Holcombe, Principal Trombonist of the Spokane Symphony, represented the trombone studio as a finalist in the UT Martin Concerto Competition, and has been a recipient of the prestigious E.J. Eaton Memorial Trombone Scholarship. In addition to Trombone Choir, Isaac participates in the Wind Ensemble and Big Band. He has also played in various student brass quintets since his second semester, performing in churches, recruitment tours, and recitals.

Mason Taylor

Mason Taylor

Dyersburg High School


Mason Taylor is in his first year at UT Martin, where he is majoring in music education. He is a 2018 graduate of Dyersburg High School where he participated in the marching, concert, and jazz bands. Mason was a member of both the WTSBOA All-West orchestra and band. At UTM, Mason performs with the Aviators Athletic Band, Trombone Choir, Jazz Band, and Concert Band. After graduating from UTM, Mason plans to attend graduate school.

Anthony Whitaker - Tenor Trombone

McNairy Central High School


Anthony Whitaker is a sophomore Music Education Major at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is a graduate of McNairy Central High School in Selmer, Tennessee. Anthony was a member the TMEA All-State Band in 2017 and also participated in UTM's Honor Bands and Chamberfest. At UTM, Anthony performs with the Aviators Athletic Band, Concert Band, Community Band, Trombone Choir, and the UTM Trombone Quartet. Upon graduation, Anthony plans to pursue a Master's degree in Trombone Performance. Anthony currently studies trombone with Dr. Joseph Frye.

Ebonee Woodland - Tenor & Alto Trombone

Covington High School


Ebonee Woodland is a senior Music Education major at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She graduated from Covington High School in Covington,TN. She has participated in Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Trombone Choir, Trombone Quartet, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, and Brass Ensemble. She is a teacher for the UTM Community Music Academy. She is a member of the Epsilon Iota chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, and serves on the Undergraduate Alumni Council Ebonee also serves as the Treasurer for UTM CNAFME, and was elected as the West Tennessee President for CNAFME.


Dr. Frye

Dr. Joseph W. Frye joined the music faculty at the University of Tennessee at Martin in the fall of 2011. In addition to instructing the trombone students, he has also taught courses in Music Technology, Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Music Appreciation. He currently coordinates several chamber ensembles and directs the Trombone Choir. Prior to his appointment at UTM, Dr. Frye freelanced on trombone and euphonium, toured around the globe with Princess Cruise Lines, and served as trombonist with several bands and orchestras, performing alongside artists including Bobby McFerrin, Joshua Bell, Marcus Belgrave, Rich Ridenour, and the Four Freshmen.


His teaching experience includes classroom and applied teaching, coaching individuals and chamber ensembles, masterclasses, and public school and university teaching in Tennessee, Florida, West Virginia, and Texas. In addition to coaching brass sections and chamber ensembles, Dr. Frye has instructed students on tenor and bass trombone, euphonium, and tuba.


Dr. Frye

Joseph is also very proud to have used his musical talents to in service of our country, serving for ten years in the 572nd Air National Guard Band of the Smoky Mountains stationed at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Knoxville, Tennessee. As a member of the 572nd, he held the rank of Staff Sergeant and played euphonium, tenor and bass trombone, and frequently appeared as trombone soloist.


Dr. Frye holds a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and the Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in trombone performance from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. His primary trombone instructors and mentors are John Drew, Don Hough, Lawrence Borden, and Brad Kinney.


Dr. Frye is also intrigued by the history of the trombone, most notably the turn of the century trombone soloists. His Doctoral Treatise, entitled A Biographical Study of the Trombonists of the John Philip Sousa Band: 1892-1931 was the product of his research into the lives of the celebrated trombone soloists of the Sousa Band including Ralph Corey, John P. Schueler, Leo Zimmerman, and Arthur Pryor.



Unless otherwise noted, all performances are in the Blankenship Recital Hall, located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building.

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