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MSO Musician Minute:
MSO First Season: 1989-1990
Greg Luscombe has been the principal trombonist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra since 1989. Greg is also a private instructor of trombone, euphonium/baritone and tuba and has been teaching for well over thirty years. His teaching has included faculty positions at the University of Mississippi, Union University, Murray State University, the University of Memphis and Southwest Tn. Community College. In addition, Greg is known for his extensive work as a musician contractor and has booked professional musicians for a wide variety of engagements in the Mid South and beyond.
In addition to his performances with the Memphis Symphony, Greg occasionally performs with other orchestras and has performed and recorded with the Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Saint Louis Symphony, The Mexico City Philharmonic and the Iris Orchestra. Notable recordings he has participated in include The City Noir by John Adams with the St. Louis Symphony, Ameriques by Edgard Varese with the Cleveland Orchestra, Fantasia(Pines of Rome) with the Chicago Symphony and Brahms 2nd Symphony and Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony with the Mexico City Philharmonic . Before moving to Memphis, Greg was a member of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra in Cleveland, Ohio and was the principal trombonist in the Canton Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist Greg has been guest recitalist at the International Trombone Festival and the Eastern Trombone Festival. He also has soloed with the Memphis Symphony and other ensembles in the Mid-South as well as in the Chicago and Cleveland ,Ohio areas. In addition, he has given recitals along with Master Classes at various universities and colleges. As a recitalist he often performs on euphonium as well as bass trumpet, in addition to the trombone.
His private trombone teachers have included Jay Friedman(principal Chicago Symphony) , Per Brevig(former Metropolitan Opera), Art Sares, Ed Zadrosny(Univ. of Akron) , Dee Stewart(lndiana University) and his first teacher, his father, Fred Luscombe. Greg has a MM in music from the University of Akron and a BS in business from Elmhurst College. He has also attended Indiana University, North Texas State University and the University of Memphis.
His wife Beth, is a member of the viola section of the Memphis Symphony and they have two daughters and a son-in-law. Greg's hobbies include competitive swimming and running and he competes on occasion in various events both locally and out of town. He has completed several marathons and some half marathons along with a variety of road races. As a swimmer he recently qualified for and competed in the U.S. National Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico.