Dr. Thomas W Zugger is currently assistant professor at the Capital University Conservatory of Music where he teaches applied Trombone and Euphonium as well as Music Theory. 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. Prior to his appointment at Capital University, Dr. Zugger held similar positions at Adrian College in Adrian MI., and the Interlochen Arts Academy. He was also an assistant band director in the Walled Lake Michigan public schools.
As a trombonist, Dr. Zugger has performed extensively, including appearances with the Columbus Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Ohio Valley Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. He has performed in orchestras for national tours of; 42nd Street, South Pacific, Titanic the musical, Ragtime, Sound of Music, City of Angels, and The Scarlett Pimpernell. He has also backed many popular performers including Aretha Franklin, The Moody Blues, Barry White, Barry Manilow, and others. Dr. Zugger also keeps a busy schedule as a recitalist and clinician. Recent appearances include the University of Florida-Gainesville, Ohio University, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Bowling Green State University and SUNY at Fredonia. Dr. Zugger is an artist affiliate with the Edwards Trombone Company
As a composer Dr. Zugger’s works have been performed by public school, collegiate, and professional ensembles, and at both the International Trombone Association and International Clarinet Association annual conventions. He is published through Brixton Publications, TAP Music, Timber Ridge Publications, Warwick Music, and the International Trombone Association Press.