October 2, 2014

William Baker

MM – Northwestern University
BM – UCLA
Will Baker is a Chicago-based musician specializing in Bass Trombone, Euphonium and Tenor trombone. A California native, Mr. Baker moved to Chicago to pursue a  Masters Degree in Bass Trombone performance at Northwestern University where he was the Margaret E. Dadian scholar. When he is not having nightmares about winter, he enjoys exploring the city’s live music scene with his wife Caroline. His teachers at Northwestern included Michael Mulcahy, Randall Hawes, Peter Ellefson, and Tim Higgins.

Mr. Baker graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a BA in music performance, studying Euphonium and Bass Trombone with Patrick Sheridan. It was Mr. Sheridan that inspired Will to forge a career in music, and for this, he will always be one of Mr. Baker’s favorite people in the world.

Mr. Baker is currently the Bass Trombonist with both The Des Moines Symphony and Orchestra Iowa. In addition to his jobs in Iowa, he has recently become an Associate Artist with the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, and performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago Brass Ensemble, as well as the Lake Forest Symphony.

To balance all of the classical music in his life, he enjoys playing Trombone in the horn section for the rock band Tynan as well as the The Sam Cockrell Band, led by Chicago Blues Hall of Fame singer/bassist Sam Cockrell. He can be heard on the soon to be released album called Trying to Make a Living Playing my Guitar.