M. Dee Stewart, trombonist, has demonstrated his superb performance and teaching abilities around the world. As a member of the internationally renowned Philadelphia Orchestra for 18 years, he played under the direction of Eugene Ormandy and Ricardo Muti. Mr. Stewart is a two time Grammy award winner and Gran Prix du Disque recipient for his recordings as a member of the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble. In recent years, special appearances with the New York Philharmonic (Kurt Masur), the Chicago Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra keep his reputation in the forefront of brass performance circles.
Recent recordings with M. Dee Stewart include Stewart Sounds, and the Christmas trombone quartet CD Trombones Under the Tree with Joe, Mark Lawrence, and Carl Lenthe. He has also appeared with the Summit Brass at the Rafael Mendez Institute, the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, the International Trombone Festival, Minneapolis Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and the Phoenix Symphony.
To credit are his numerous recordings, concert tours, and telecasts as well as significant manufacturing and pedagogical contributions to his field. Mr. Stewart patented the Stewart Stand for euphoniums and tubas which frees the performer from the burden of holding the instrument, thereby greatly assisting with breathing and tone production. He compiled and edited two books published by The Instrumentalist on two of the definitive brass performers and teachers of our time: Arnold Jacobs: The Legacy of a Master and Philip Farkas: The Legacy of a Master.
With programs featuring alto trombone, tenor trombone, bass trombone, and euphonium, Mr. Stewart's recitals are full or variety and showmanship to satisfy many musical tastes. His audiences experience a wide range of repertoire and musical emotion in pieces like the stately "Bydlo" from Pictures at an Exhibition on euphonium, an entertaining tenor trombone rendition of Bougeois' Trombone Concerto, and the reflective Four Serious Songs of Brahms performed on Bass Trombone. He tops it all off with encore show-stoppers like Blue Bells of Scotland which transports his audience back to the era of the great Sousa band concerts.
Professor of trombone and euphonium at Indiana University School of Music since 1980, he also served ten years on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music. Mr. Stewart is an acclaimed teacher and clinician for master classes and brass workshops around the world, and he has been instrumental in the development of many outstanding trombonists.
M. Dee Stewart is a United Musical Instruments artist.