Jeffrey Gray is currently the bass trombonist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the bass trombonist with the Grant Park Orchestra of Chicago. Mr. Gray was previously the bass trombonist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2011. He joined the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra in 2003.
Jeff received his formal music training at Bowling Green State University and The Juilliard School. His teachers include Paul Hunt at Bowling Green State University, Dennis Smith of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Don Harwood and Joe Alessi of the New York Philharmonic, and Steve Norrell of the Metropolitan Opera.
Jeff has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the National Repertory Orchestra. He can be heard on recordings with the Juilliard Wind Ensemble, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and the Grant Park Orchestra.
In 2000, Mr. Gray was the winner of two international competitions; the Lewis Van Haney Philharmonic Prize Competition and the Donald Yaxley Solo Competition, both sponsored by the International Trombone Association. He is one of the few trombonists to win both international competitions for bass trombone in the same year. As a result of these competitions, he was a featured performer at the 2000 International Trombone Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Mr. Gray began teaching at Ithaca College in 2006. He teaches trombone, bass trombone, brass chamber music, and conducts a seminar on brass orchestral repertoire. He is also a faculty member at Le Moyne College in Syracuse.