Bear Irwin, trombone

Bear Irwin began teaching instrumental music in 1970, and returned to teach instrumental music at Mill River Union High School in the Fall of 2003. Before returning to Mill River Union High School, Mr. Irwin taught vocal and/or instrumental music at Enosburg Falls Junior – Senior High School & Elementary School, Bakersfield Middle School, Montgomery Elementary School (’70 - ’74 & ’84 -  ’92), Middlebury Union Junior and Senior High School (’74 – ‘76 ), Mill River Union High School (’92 – ’98), and Rutland Town School (’98 – ’03). Bear also taught Senior High Methods and Brass Methods

on the Adjunct Faculty of Johnson State College and Castleton State College, and presently teaches trombone at Middlebury College. Bear has done graduate work at UVM, Central Connecticut State University, and Plymouth State College, studying with James Swearingen, Robert W. Smith, Anne McGinty, Jack Stamp, Richard Derosa, Craig Kirchoff, and H. Robert Reynolds.

 

Mr. Irwin has served on the Vermont Music Educators Association Executive Board as District Divisions Coordinator (1989-Present) and as President (July 2001 to June 2009 ). Bear served as Vice President (‘90-’95) and President (‘95-’98) of the International Association of Jazz Educators Vermont Unit. Between 2000 and 2004, Bear was the Manager of the Vermont All State Music Festival Jazz Ensemble, and has been a Staff Member/Clinician/Conductor at Jazz Vermont (music camp with eight ensembles for adults from all over the country) since 1984.

 

Bear has been Director of the Lakes Region Youth Orchestra Concert Band since 2000 and a coach of Shrewsbury Chamber Music Society Brass and Jazz Ensembles since 1998. Mr. Irwin organized, manages and plays Lead Trombone for the Vermont Jazz Ensemble (since 1976), and he also performs with Satin ‘n’ Steel, Stolen Moments, Moments Notice, Doctor Burma, Catamount Brass, and other ensembles throughout Vermont, while guest conducting or doing workshops and clinics several times per year.

 

Mr. Irwin has been presented the Outstanding Vermont Teacher Award by the University of Vermont three times over twenty-two years ( from Enosburg Falls Jr.-Sr. H.S. in 1986, and from Rutland Town School in 2000, and from Mill River Union High School in 2008). He was named Vermont Educator of the Year by the Vermont VFW Auxiliary in 2000, and in May of 2009 Mr. Irwin was inducted into the Vermont Principals Association Hall of Fame.

Private Music Lessons

Fall 2015 Private Music Lessons
Online registration: September 15-19

Lessons begin: September 21

AFFILIATE ARTISTS 2015 - 2016

Affiliate%20Artists

 

Bagpipes and Celtic Whistle,
Irish and Scottish Harp

Timothy Cummings, bagpipes,
Irish whistle
pipingtim@gmail.com

Dominique Dodge, Celtic harp
dominiquetheharper@hotmail.com

Drums

Russ Lawton, drums
sub55@live.com

Fiddle, Banjo,
Beginning Mandolin

Peter Sutherland
epact@gmavt.net

Guitar

Paul Asbell,
acoustic/electric guitar
pasbell@paulasbell.com

Dayve Huckett, acoustic/electric
guitar and ukulele
dayvehuckett@hotmail.com

Eric Despard, classical guitar
edespard@comcast.net

Harmonica

Mark Lavoie, harmonica
lavoie@gmavt.net

Piano, Harpsichord,
and Organ

Sadie Brightman, piano
sadiedb@gmail.com

Diana Fanning, piano
fanning@middlebury.edu

Emory Fanning, organ
efanning@middlebury.edu

Dick Forman, jazz piano
forman@middlebury.edu

Cynthia Huard, piano, harpsichord
huard@middlebury.edu

Natasha Koval Paden, piano
william.paden@uvm.edu

 

 

Strings

Paul Reynolds, viola
pkr10@hotmail.com

Katherine Winterstein, violin
kathwint@mac.com

Dieuwke Davydov, cello
ddcello@gmail.com

Glendon Ingalls, bass
ingallstaff2@comcast.net

Voice

Carol Christensen
christen@middlebury.edu

Dick Forman, jazz voice
forman@middlebury.edu


Susanne Peck

lunalove@gmavt.net

Beth Thompson
tosca@vermontel.net

Winds, horns and reeds

Miles Donahue, saxophone
milesdonahue@comcast.net

Mia Fritze,
french horn
mmfritze@gmail.com

Dan Frostman, oboe
dfrostma@middlebury.edu

Glendon Ingalls, trumpet
ingallstaff2@comcast.net

Bear Irwin, trombone
birwin@rssu.org

Anne Janson, flute
anne.janson1@gmail.com

Steven Klimowski, clarinet
clarinetster@gmail.com