Byron Herrington, trombone
Byron has been with The Symphony since 2002. He has been active as a performer, teacher, and conductor in Albuquerque since 1981, but was born and raised in the dusty flatlands near Lubbock, Texas.
In addition to his role with The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Byron is a founding member of the New Mexico Philharmonic as trombonist and conductor of youth, neighborhood, and pops concerts. He is music director of the Albuquerque Philharmonic and has been Principal Trombone of the Music in the Mountains summer festival in Colorado since 1991.
In 1986 Byron received a degree in music education from the University of New Mexico. Before that he attended the University of Oklahoma, studying trombone with Irvin Wagner, conducting with Guy Fraser Harrison, music theory and analysis with Gail Boyd DeStwolinski, and composition and orchestration with Michael Hennagin. He has studied trombone with Jay Friedman, Frank Crisafulli, Edward Kleinhammer, Arnold Jacobs of the Chicago Symphony, Ralph Sauer of the L.A. Philharmonic, and Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic.
After a trombone performance degree at the University of Oklahoma, Byron won a position with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, where he performed and frequently conducted for thirty years, until NMSO ceased operations in 2011.
In January 1998, Byron became the Director of Wind, Brass, and Percussion Studies at Albuquerque’s Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and shortly thereafter joined the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program as co-conductor of the Junior Symphony.