Bradley Kerns

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B.M.E. University of Kentucky
M.M. Boston University

Bradley Kerns joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2011.

As a soloist, Brad has performed on multiple occasions at the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the International Trombone Festival, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Great American Brass Band Festival, the Jazz Education Network Conference, the Moscow Brass Days, the Brazilian Trombone Association Conference, the state education conferences of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio, the Art College of Inner Mongolia, and the DIA T Festival in Recife, Brazil to name a few.

As an educator, Brad has taught and given masterclasses at institutions such as the Conservatorio Pernambucano de Musica (Recife, Brazil), the Moscow Conservatory, the St. Petersburg Academy of Music, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas State University, Morehead State University, the Art College of Inner Mongolia, the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Eastern Kentucky University, Oberlin Conservatory, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Wright State University, Appalachian State University, and the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.

Brad has been involved in nearly thirty recording projects under multiple recording labels and has performed for programs such as National Geographic, the BBC England and WRFL Lexington. His recently released solo recordings - Song Cycle, ReUnion, The Whistler and His Dog, Conversations, and Rising Sun - can be found on all major digital distribution websites such as iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. Additionally, Brad can be heard as lead trombone on Wycliffe Gordon’s latest album, Somebody New (Wycliffe Gordon with the DiMarino/Osland Jazz Orchestra). He is a founding member of the Momus Trombone Quartet whose debut album, The Lexingport Project, remains one of the top-selling trombone quartet albums in the world.

Professor Kerns received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Kentucky while studying with Dale Warren and a Master of Music Degree from Boston University while studying with Scott Hartman. Brad is an Edwards Instruments and Pickett Brass Performing Artist.

He currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife, Katie, their two sons, Charley and Simon, and two dogs, Sydney and June.

Created 07/13/2021
Last Updated 04/16/2024