Jon Gauer is a trombonist who's equally at home in the symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble, brass quintet, or rock & roll band. Formerly a full-time freelance musician and lesson instructor in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, Gauer now brings his life and his musical career to the Denver area.
Gauer's origins in Montana led him to connect with the bands Cure for the Common, Shakewell, The Dusty Pockets, and The Hawthorne Roots, all performing exciting original music featuring a 3-member horn section (trumpet, trombone, and saxophone).
He has also performed with a number of symphony orchestras, including the Amarillo, Abilene, and Midland-Odessa symphonies in Texas, the Billings Symphony in Montana, and the Colorado College Summer Festival Orchestra in Colorado Springs.
Gauer holds Bachelor of Music (2013) and Master of Music (2015) degrees from the University of North Texas, where he was a member of the One O'Clock Jazz Lab Band, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Trombone Consortium, and the award-winning "U-Tubes" Jazz Trombone Ensemble, as well a variety of brass chamber music groups.
Jon Gauer is an educator who takes pride in his work. As a graduate teaching fellow at the University of North Texas, he had the opportunity to develop a pedagogy based on the example set by UNT's world-class music faculty. He is a believer in the idea that "anybody can learn to do anything" - that any student with motivation and focus can become a skilled musician.
Gauer's teaching experience has included brass-playing students of all ages, from beginners to college undergraduates. His lesson students have successfully auditioned for admission as college music majors, as well as music scholarships for non-music majors; All-Region bands in Texas, All-State band in Montana, All-Northwest Jazz Ensemble in Oregon; and a variety of summer music programs and festivals.
Where do you see yourself going in music? Maybe you want to prepare for an audition, join a rock band, learn to play jazz, compose original songs, or just improve your skills and have some fun in the process. Regardless of what your particular goals may be, Gauer will help guide you toward your full potential and help you get the most out of being a musician.