James DeSano

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James DeSano is an orchestral trombonist. He served as associate principal principal trombone of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1970 to 1989 and as principal trombone from 1989 to his retirement in 2003. As a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, he performed Henri Tomasi's Trombone Concerto. Prior to his tenure in Cleveland, DeSano was principal trombone of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra from 1964 to 1970.


DeSano attended the Eastman School of Music as a graduate student, where he studied with Emory Remington. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Ithaca College.


DeSano was Professor of Trombone at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 1999 to 2013. During his time with the Cleveland Orchestra, he taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has also served on the faculties of Kent State University, Syracuse University, and the University of Akron.

Notable pupils include Megumi Kanda, principal trombone of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.


DeSano can also be heard in many Telarc recordings under the baton of Lorin Maazel.

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