Savannah trombone workshop
Meet the Faculty for the
Savannah Trombone Workshop:
Mark Spradley is currently the Second Trombone with the Savannah Philharmonic and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with many other orchestras in the Southeast, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Waco Symphony, LaGrange Symphony, Albany Symphony, Beaufort Symphony, and the North Charleston POPS. Also an accomplished soloist, Mr. Spradley was a national finalist and placed as one of the top prize winners in the Young Artist Brass Competition hosted by the Music Teachers National Association, held in Anaheim, California.
He earned his bachelor's degree in music performance at Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music. While attending CSU, he was a member of the Columbus State University’s Trombone Choir and Octet, which released their Debut CD, “A Beautiful Noise” with Summit Records in 2013. “A Beautiful Noise” is a collaboration with some of the world’s top trombonists representing symphonies and other ensembles from Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, New York and the Metropolitan Opera. His primary trombone teachers/mentors include Dr. Bradley Palmer and Nathan Zgonc.
In addition to maintaining a busy performance schedule, Mr. Spradley enjoys teaching private lessons and leading the Savannah Trombone Choir in rehearsals on a weekly basis. Mr. Spradley founded the Savannah Trombone Workshop and has served on faculty since the inaugural program in 2016.
Trey English is currently the Director of Bands at Feagin Mill Middle School and is on faculty at Mercer University as the Adjunct Professor of Trombone.
Mr. English was born and raised in the Middle Georgia area. Following his graduation from Mary Persons High School in 2009, Mr. English attended Columbus State University for his undergraduate degrees in both Music Education and Music Performance. During his time at Columbus State, Mr. English studied trombone with Dr. Bradley Palmer, was involved in several recording projects including "A Beautiful Noise," and "Full Tilt," which were produced on Summit Records.
Following his graduation from Columbus State University in 2013, Mr. English began his graduate studies in Music Performance (trombone) under Brent Phillips, with a full teaching assistantship at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Mr. English received honorable mention in the 2016 Lewis Van Haney Philharmonic Prize Orchestral Tenor Trombone Competition and alternate in the 2016 Frank Smith Tenor Trombone Competition.
After graduating from Baylor University, Mr. English and his wife, Shelby moved back home to Georgia to begin teaching. Bands under Mr. English have earned solely superior ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluations during his teaching career. Every single one of Mr. English’s private trombone students successfully auditioned for the GMEA All-State Band, 2 of them earning first chair.
Mr. English is a member of Georgia Music Educators Association, Phi Kappa Lambda-Music Honors Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the International Trombone Association, and the Yoga Alliance.
Mr. English lives in Warner Robins with his wife Shelby who teaches Drama at Warner Robins High School and their two cats, Chloe, and Flynn. In his time away from school he can often be found music directing shows at Theatre Macon, being the pianist at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, also in Macon, teaching yoga and sound healing through Homegrown Yoga, or at his favorite place, Walt Disney World!