Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Steve Wolfinbarger

Second Advisor

Matthew C. Steel

Third Advisor

Stanley C. Pelkey


Trombone, sound preferences, styles


The trombone and music in general have been greatly influenced by globalization. Over the past few decades the ideal playing style of trombone has become increasingly similar throughout the word. The fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the integration of Eastern Europe into the rest of the Western world marked a turning point in the way that music was perceived and shared. More and more musicians began to blend their playing styles as they traveled across borders and oceans. Sharp contrasts by region in interpretation of literature and the ideal sound were common in the early 1990's, but today the mature listener can only find subtle differences in the playing styles of professionals from various regions. The rise of technology and availability of music to be shared across great distances attributed to the assimilation of musical styles, as did ease of travel and international relations.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Music Commons