Dr. Frank Gazda is Associate Professor of Music at Delaware State University in Dover, where he teaches applied low brass, music history, brass methods, and directs the trombone and tuba- euphonium ensembles. He is a former member of the faculty of Wayne State College (Nebraska) and Shepherd University (West Virginia). Originally a bass trombonist, Dr. Gazda doubles on tenor trombone, euphonium, and tuba in solo, chamber, and large ensemble settings. He has performed with, among others, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Delaware Symphony, the Sioux City (Iowa) Symphony and Brass Quintet, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Brass Quintet, the Richmond (Virginia) Symphony, the Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) Symphony, and the Washington Bach Sinfonia. He has also performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Washington Trombone Ensemble, and The Supremes.
Dr. Gazda was a finalist in the Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition and the International Women's Brass Conference National Solo Competition. He has been a clinician at the New Jersey Music Educators Conference, the Delaware Music Educators Conference, the Nebraska Bandmasters Association Conference, and at many schools and events nationally. Dr. Gazda reviews both recordings and literature for the International Trombone Association Journal and has contributed to several other publications as a guest author or reviewer.
Dr. Gazda received his Bachelor’s degree in music education from Shenandoah Conservatory, his Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and his Doctorate in trombone performance and literature from the University of Maryland. His teachers have included David Summers, Stephen Norrell, and Matthew Guilford. He has pursued additional studies with David Fedderly, Michael Bunn, and Doug Elliott, and studied pedagogy and literature with Dr. Milton Stevens.