Casey Maday


Honors Brass Quintet

Casey Maday, Principal Trombonist with the Sarasota Opera and Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Northern Illinois University, a master of music in performance from DePaul University and has completed doctoral course work in Brass Pedagogy at Indiana University. During the summer of 2017, Mr. Maday was a Fellow at the prestigious Alessi Seminar in Eugene, Oregon.

As an active performer, he has worked with ensembles such as the Minnesota Orchestra, Monterrey Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Omaha Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Concertante di Chicago, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Trombone Quartet, Asbury Brass Quintet, The Stanley Paul Orchestra, and many others. You can also hear him performing regularly in the orchestra pit of the Civic Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Recent performances include: Aladdin, Sound of Music, Evita, Pippin, Cinderella, Lion King, Newsies, Book of Mormon, Beautiful, and more.  In March 2016, Mr. Maday performed the Concertino by Ferdinand David as well as Blue Bells of Scotland by Arthur Pryor with the Fort Dodge Symphony Orchestra.   Mr. Maday can be heard on the DVDs Symphony in Sculpture and Symphony in Sculpture II with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, as well as The Power of Music DVD with Ethan Bortnick, Damian McGinty, and Jane Monheit.

Mr. Maday has taught private and group brass lessons in a variety of musical styles since 1996 and is the adjunct professor of Trombone at University of North Florida. He also serves as the trombone faculty at the Des Moines Symphony Academy where he coaches the Des Moines Youth Symphony Honors Brass Quintet, as well as the Youth Orchestra Brass Section. Many of his students have advanced to All State Band and Orchestra as well as continued their musical careers at such prestigious schools as the Manhattan School of Music, the New England Conservatory, Yale University, University of Illinois, and University of North Texas.

Mr. Maday’s primary teachers include: Peter Ellefson, Mark Fisher, and Charlie Vernon.  Mr. Maday is an Edwards Performing Artist, and is an in demand clinician with recent masterclasses at University of North Florida, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, and the Kansas City Conservatory.

He resides in Jacksonville with his wife Dr. Erin Bodnar.

Member of the Orchestra since


Most memorable experience with the Orchestra

One of my favorite Des Moines Symphony performances was Mahler's Second Symphony my first season. Amazing Music!

How I got started playing my instrument

I started on flute in third grade, I found one in my aunt's basement and taught myself. I switched to trombone in the fourth grade.

Favorite composer

Just about any from the Romantic era.

Favorite solo piece

Bach's Cello Suites

Other than classical music _____ is on my iPod

I listen to a wide variety of tunes from Classic Rock or Funk to Sea Shanties and more!

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