Since 1991, Jimmy Clark has been theprofessor of low brass at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Mr. Clark is a native of Commerce, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of North Texas where he was a member of the One O’clock Lab Band on bass trombone and tuba. He did graduate work at Yale University and received his master’s degree from East Texas State University (Texas A&M-Commerce). His teachers have been his father, James Clark, Neill Humfeld, John Swallow, Royce Lumpkin, John Kitzman, Ed Jones and Vern Kagarice. He currently teaches trombone and euphonium. He is also the director of the TAMUC Trombone Choir which was invited and performed at TMEA in San Antonioin 2012 and 2016, and at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington DC in 2013. He currently has one of the largest trombone studios in the state with 26 students. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Texas A&M-Commerce, Mr. Clark has an active performance schedule. He is the principal trombone of the Dallas Opera Orchestra since 2000. Since 1992 he has been the principal trombone with the Dallas Wind Symphony with whom he has recorded fourteenCD’s. He has also performed with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera, Singapore Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, East Texas Symphony, Richardson Symphony, Plano Symphony, and Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band. He also performs frequently with the Dallas Symphony and Fort Worth Symphony. He has also played with the big bands of Claude Gordon, Les Elgart, and Warren Covington. He has played with such noted performers as Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Lawrence, Dion Warwick, The Supremes, Marvin Gay, Jack Jones, Marvin Hamlisch, and Gladys Knight, to name a few!
Eric is an active freelance musician in the Dallas-Fort Worth area performing in big bands, orchestras, musicals, shows, and recording studios, on tenor and bass trombones, as well as euphonium and tuba. He has been bass trombonist with the Dallas Opera Orchestra since 1990. A graduate of The University of North Texas, he has appeared many times as a substitute or extra trombonist with both the Dallas and Fort Worth symphonies, and has recorded four albums with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Eric has recorded many local and national jingles and radio/TV station I.D.s, and played on well over 20 albums. He has performed with Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, the Woody Herman orchestra, Louis Bellson, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Lou Rawls, The Temptations, The Supremes, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Pavarotti, and Andrea Bocelli among many others.