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Brian Scarborough is a top call trombonist, improviser, composer, and educator in the greater Kansas City area. He can be seen performing around Kansas City with his own ensembles, and is a member of the People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City, the Boulevard Big Band, Zen Brass, The Kansas-Nebraska Act, and is a sub for the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. Brian has also appeared with the Fountain City Brass Band. Additionally, Brian can be seen working with musical theatre companies throughout the metropolitan area, having performed for more than 50 different productions with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Starlight Theatre, New Theatre Restaurant, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Spinning Tree Theatre, Musical Theatre Heritage, The Chestnut Theatre, and Music Theater Kansas City, among others. He can also be seen performing for touring Broadway productions and with touring acts, such as The Temptations, when they stop in the area. Brian has also performed in jazz, classical, and chamber settings in Germany, Sweden, and England.

As a soloist, Brian has been recognized at regional, national, and international festivals and competitions. Brian performed at the 2015 American Trombone Workshop hosted by the U.S. Army Band at Ft. Myer, VA and won the National Solo Jazz Competition. Additionally, Brian was named a finalist for the 2017 J.J. Johnson Jazz Trombone Competition and the 2010 Gilberto Gagliardi Tenor Trombone Competition through the International Trombone Association. In 2014, Brian was named a Luminarts Fellow in Jazz Improvisation through the Luminarts Cultural Foundation at The Union League Club of Chicago. During his studies, Brian was awarded two Outstanding Performance Awards in Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards.

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“Brian Scarborough has arrived . . . Scarborough possessed the assurance and advanced conception of a musician twice his age . . . [his] rapid evolution suggests that I’m likely to encounter a much different musician the next time I catch him. I can hardly wait.” — KANSAS CITY PLASTIC SAX BLOG

“A couple of weeks ago, Scarborough’s group performed one of the very best sets this writer has heard all year.” — JOE KLOPUS, THE KANSAS CITY STAR

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Kansas City


Brian maintains a small studio of trombone and low brass students in Kansas City and is also available for online lessons. Education: Master of Music, Jazz Studies - DePaul University, 2015. Bachelor of Music, Trombone Performance - University of Kansas, 2013.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Brian is regularly on faculty for various jazz camps and presents masterclasses widely. Topics include trombone, freelancing, and jazz improvisation, among others.



Album Sunflower Song by Brian Scarborough

Sunflower Song

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This One's for John

Brian Scarborough
Sunflower Song


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