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.
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.