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Allan Kaplan, Ph.D. is the
Trombone Professor at New Mexico State University since 1995, where he
also teaches courses in music education, history of jazz and
Dr. Kaplan's education included Bachelor and Master of Music degrees
from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from
New York University. Presently he is Principal Trombone of the Las
Cruces and Juarez Symphonies, a member of the El Paso Brass, and
trombonist with the Border Jazz Quintet. From 1975-1989 he was
Principal Trombone of the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. Previous to that
position he performed in Broadway musicals, as Solo Trombone of the
Goldman Band, at Lincoln Center, and was a member of the New York Brass
Choir. In addition, Dr. Kaplan has a strong background as a public
school music educator. He has represented NMSU as a clinician and
performing artist throughout Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and
California. Dr. Kaplan has recorded on the Angel label with Maestro
Herrera de la Fuente, on the MENC video series The Worlds Greatest
Music, on various labels with the Goldman Band, with the Light
Fantastic Players, and with Richie Havens.
the commercial field he has performed with artists such as Lena Horne,
Burt Bacharach, Sammy Davis, Jr., Henry Mancini, Mel Torme, Cher, The
Oak Ridge Boys, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan.
2006 he was a member of the Orchestra at the Mendocino Music Festival
in Northern California. In 2001 Kaplan was invited to NYC with the
Creole Trio, to an audition for the State Department's Jazz Ambassador
program. Look for Dr. Kaplan's chapter on the trombone section in the
jazz band in the recently published Jazz
Pedagogy: The Jazz Educator's Handbook and Resource Guide by Warner Brothers, edited by
Dr. Willie Hill Jr. He is a member of A.S.C.A.P.
and a clinician for Edwards
plays Greg Black Mouthpieces exclusively.