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 also with the People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City.  He also serves as the music director for the Underground Community, a church service sponsored by Lenexa United Methodist Church.  Additionally, Brian can be seen working with musical theatre companies throughout the metropolitan area, having performed for 35 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. 

The willingness of four of the region’s elite musicians to back Scarborough reflects his substantial talent and enormous promise. Like Brookmeyer, Scarborough is a scholarly trombonist with deep ties to Kansas City.
— Kansas City Plastic Sax Blog

As a trombone soloist, Brian 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.

Brian is currently an adjunct professor at Ottawa University, where he teaches applied trombone, euphonium, and tuba.  Additionally, 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 earned an M.M. in Jazz Studies from DePaul University in 2015 and a B.M. in Trombone Performance from the University of Kansas in 2013. He is also a proud alumni of the Disney All-American College Band, serving as lead trombonist for the band in 2015.


Brian has studied jazz with Tim Coffman, Tom Matta, Matt Otto, Danny Embrey, Dan Gailey, and has studied trombone with Dr. Michael Davidson and Dave Cooper.  He has received additional coaching from Bill Reichenbach, Andy Martin, Alex Iles, John Fedchock, Elliot Mason, Ingrid Jensen, Luis Bonilla, and Peter Epstein.  

A couple of weeks ago, Scarborough’s group performed one of the very best sets this writer has heard all year.
— Joe Klopus, The Kansas City Star
If the measure of a man is the company he keeps, Scarborough is a burgeoning giant.
— Kansas City Plastic Sax Blog

Upcoming Performances


Brian recently performed with the Washburn Faculty Brass Quintet at the International Horn Symposium in Ithaca, New York.  The group gave the world premier of Quintet No. 1 in D Major, by horn performer and composer Matthew Haislip on June 16, 2016 in Ford Hall at Ithaca College.


Brian recently served on the faculty for the 2016 Kansas City Jazz Camp at Kansas City Kansas Community College.  The dates for next years camp have been set for June 5 - 9, 2017, so mark your calendars!  Brian is excited to join the faculty for the 2017 camp.


Brian recently performed with the Brandon Draper Group at the Blue Room in Kansas City's Historic Jazz District at 18th and Vine.


Brian Scarborough performed with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra for a sold out crowd in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts for the British Invasion concert on February 26th.


Brian Scarborough named Artist-In-Residence in the Department of Music at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas for the Spring 2016 semester.  Brian will perform as a member of the faculty brass quintet and present masterclasses for students throughout the term.


The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City concluded their seven and a half year run at the RecordBar in Westport on December 6th, 2015.  As the RecordBar temporarily closes and looks for a new home, the band will be moving to a new location; stay tuned for details!  If you missed the final show at the RecordBar, do not worry, we recorded the entire night and will be releasing a new record with tracks from that night and tracks recorded in the studio in the coming year. 


Brian recently presented a masterclass on jazz trombone and being a freelance musician in the 21st century for the trombone studio at the his alma mater, the University of Kansas.


Original Compositions

by Brian Scarborough


Exercises, Handouts, Manuscript

Against the Grain Slurs

Bass Clef Manuscript Paper

Circle of Fifths Handout

Grand Staff Manuscript Paper

Recommended Materials

Recommended Recordings (Revised Version coming soon)

Listening Guide

Treble Clef Manuscript Paper

Triad Exercises

Solo Transcriptions

Bennie Green - Bennie Plays the Blues, from Bennie Green's Back on the Scene

Carl Fontana - A Beautiful Friendship, from The Hanna-Fontana Band's Live at Concord

Carl Fontana - Always, from Carl Fontana's The Great Fontana

Carl Fontana - I Thought About You, from Carl Fontana's The Great Fontana

Conrad Herwig - El Gaucho, from Conrad Herwig's The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter

Conrad Herwig - Fire, from Conrad Herwig's Osteology

Conrad Herwig - Footprints, from Conrad Herwig's The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter

Conrad Herwig - Night Dreamer, from Conrad Herwig's The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter

Conrad Herwig - This is for Albert, from Conrad Herwig's The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter

Curtis Fuller - One by One, from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers' Ugetsu

David Gibson - Autumn Leaves, from YouTube

Frank Rosolino - I May Be Wrong (But I Think You're Wonderful), from Frank Rosolino's I Play Trombone

Frank Rosolino - Let's Make It, from Frank Rosolino's Frank Rosolino Quintet

Frank Rosolino - Stablemates, from Conte Condoli & Lee Morgan's Double or Nothin

J.J. Johnson - Minor Mist, from J.J. Johnson's J.J. Inc

J.J. Johnson - Old Devil Moon, from J.J. Johnson's The Eminent J.J. Johnson Vol. 2

J.J. Johnson - Too Marvelous for Words, from J.J. Johnson's The Eminent J.J. Johnson Vol. 2

Jiggs Whigham - The Days of Wine and Roses, from Jiggs Whigham's Two-Too

Jiggs Whigham - The Healer, from Jiggs Whigham's Hope

Kenny Garrett - Moon Alley, from Tom Harrell's Moon Alley

Michael Dease - Blues on the Corner, from Michael Dease's Grace

Michael Dease - Three and One, from Michael Dease's Decisions

Miles Davis - Freddie Freeloader, from Miles Davis' Kind of Blue

Slide Hampton - Bolivia, from Sam Jones' Something is Common

Slide Hampton - Confirmation, from Slide Hampton's Exodus: Jazz in Paris

Slide Hampton - Lady Bird, from Continuum's Mad About Tadd

Slide Hampton - My Blues, from Dexter Gordon's A Day In Copenhagen

Slide Hampton - Squirrel, from Continuum's Mad About Tadd

Slide Hampton - You Don't Know What Love Is, from Dexter Gordon's A Day in Copenhagen

Steve Davis - Sunny, from Steve Davis' Gettin' It Done

Steve Davis - Village Blues, from Steve Davis' Gettin' It Done

Coming Soon

Grachan Moncur III - The Coaster, from Grachan Moncur III’s Evolution

J.J. Johnson - Shortcake, from J.J. Johnson’s Standards - Live at the Village Vanguard

Julian Priester - 24-Hour Leave, from Julian Priester’s Keep Swingin’


Please feel free to send requests for solo transcriptions not posted here.


For information about performances, private instruction, or other inquiries, contact Brian directly.

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