Jonathan Salcedo, 17, a senior at Arizona School for the Arts (ASA) in Phoenix, discovered the trombone in 4th grade and has never turned back. Since then, he has dedicated himself to being a classical and jazz trombonist.
Jonathan is in his 4th season with the Phoenix Youth Symphony under the direction of Matthew Kasper, Associate Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony.
He has performed in the ASA Brass Quintet, Chamber Winds, Jazz Band, and Jazz Ensemble. Jonathan has been a member of Arizona’s selective Regional and All-State music festival ensembles, classical and jazz, each year of high school.He has also performed in the pit band with various youth theater productions, including: Annie, Cabaret, Newsies, Little Women and Shrek, as well as playing at local churches and party events.
In 2018, Jonathan won first place in the statewide Young Musicians Concerto Competition for Senior Brass. In the following summer, he attended the Interlochen Arts Camp as a merit scholarship recipient, playing principal in the World Youth Ensemble and the Jazz Ensemble. At Interlochen, he studied with Mark Lusk, professor of trombone at Penn State, and Gerry Pagano, bass trombonist for the Saint Louis Symphony. In previous summers, he has attended the Eastern Music Festival and NAU’s Curry Summer Music Camp.
Jonathan has been studying with Dr. Bradley Edwards, professor of trombone at ASU, since 2016. His other principal teachers include Steve McAllister, Leslie Pozo, and Shea Marshall, with whom he studied piano and harmony. He has also taken lessons with world-renowned jazz trombonist, Mr. Bob McChesney.
When he’s not playing trombone, Jonathan spends his time practicing piano and composing and arranging music for varying ensembles around the valley. Recently, his compositions and arrangements have been performed by his schools brass quintet, jazz combo, and brass ensemble. He is also quite accomplished in the kitchen, where he enjoys cooking and baking for friends and family. His homemade lava cakes are a favorite!