Praised for his “beautiful resonate tone” and “outstanding flexibility” (ITA Journal), Dr. Thomas W. Zugger has enjoyed an international career as a performer, educator and composer. Zugger is currently the Associate Professor of Trombone and Euphonium at the Capital University Conservatory of Music in Columbus, OH a position he has held since 1998. He spends his summers teaching at the International Music Camp on the border of Canada and North Dakota at the International Peace Garden. Prior to his appointment at Capital University, Dr. Zugger taught at Adrian College in Adrian MI and has also taught in the Walled Lake MI public schools.
As a trombonist and euphonium player, Dr. Zugger has performed extensively. He is currently principal trombone in the Newark/Granville Symphony as well as appearing with the Ashland Oh Symphony, Mansfield Oh Symphony, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and at the 18th Macau China International Music Festival. He has performed for national tours of numerous Broadway musicals and has backed many popular performers. Dr. Zugger also keeps a busy schedule as a clinician. Recent appearances include the 2010 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, thirty state MENC conferences, The Big XII Trombone Conference, College Music Society Great Lakes Chapter Convention, Bowling Green State University Contemporary Trombone Festival, and many colleges and universities. His latest CD Dances and Dreams: recital music for trombone, on the Mark Record label and available on his web site www.zuggermusic.com was awarded a Grammy entry list nomination for 2010. Dr. Zugger is an artist/clinician for Edwards Trombones and an authorized distributor for Griego Mouthpieces.
As a published composer and arranger, Zugger’s works are regularly performed by artists nationally and internationally, and have been featured at both the International Trombone Association and International Clarinet Association annual conventions. He is a member of BMI and is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Education. He is on the International Trombone Association’s ITA Press Board and the ITA literature review committee. His compositions are published through Brixton Publications, TAP Music, Warwick Music, the International Trombone Association Press, and on his website www.zuggermusic.com.
Dr. Zugger holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance from The Ohio State University. His primary teachers for trombone were Curtis Olson and Joe Duchi and for composition Ed Sarath and Jan Radzinski. He is an avid runner having complete 45 marathons and 3 ultra marathons. In his spare time he enjoys hiking traveling and cooking with his wonderful and patient wife, clarinet professor Dr. Gail L Zugger and their new son Nathan.