Musician - Performer - Composer
Orchestrater - Arranger - Educator
2019 Winner of the International Trombone Association
J.J. Johnson Solo Jazz Trombone Competition
And The American Trombone Workshop
Solo Jazz Trombone Competition (Division 2)
ETHAN CYPRESS is a freelance instrumentalist, composer & arranger living in Upstate, NY. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Cypress has performed, arranged & composed music for & alongside a number of prominent jazz & gospel artists including Billy Harper, Ryan Keberle & Shayna Steele. He was also a featured bandleader and soloist at the 2019 Rochester International Jazz Festival.
AS A TROMBONIST and multi-instrumentalist, Cypress has performed and recorded with numerous groups across several genres. He has also been a finalist for a handful of military band positions in California, Colorado and Washington D.C. Cypress held a section position as a Violist in The Catskill Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2011. While most of his work is as a tenor and bass trombonist, he also work as a violinist and violist with chamber groups that play at wedding ceremonies, and I work as a jazz pianist as well. Cypress is also well versed in country music as he also works as a banjo player, bassist and mandolin player.
AS A COMPOSER, Cypress been a semi-finalist and finalist for the American Prize in Chamber Music Composition and in Wind Band Composition, as well as a finalist for both the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards and a finalist for the Morton Gould Young Classical Composer Awards. In 2017, The Eos Sextet performed his piece "Fickle Tone Zones" at both the Fischoff and M-Prize competitions. In 2018, the Lotus Trio performed his piece "Velox Nocturnus" at the M-Prize.
AS AN ARRANGER & COPYIST, Cypress has served and continue to serve numerous organizations across the United States. He worked for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra from 2013-2015 arranging string quartets for wedding ceremonies. In that same period of time, Cypress also interned with members of the Mambo Legends Orchestra in New York City as a copyist. Since 2017, he has held the post of on call copyist, orchestrater and arranger for the Glimmerglass Opera Festival in Cooperstown, NY.
AS AN EDUCATOR, Cypress held the position of Adjunct Professor of Music Technology and Academic Intern at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY for the 2016/2017 academic year. He was in charge of recording, mixing and cataloguing concerts. Cypress also trained work study students to run lights and live sound for events, and I taught an elective course in music technology and audio recording. While he left this position in the Spring of 2017 to pursue a masters degree, he has remained as a consultant for the music department and independent contractor. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Eastman School of Music, Cypress runs big band rehearsals, small group rehearsals, teach theory classes and tutor undergraduate students in a variety of different subject areas.
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QUARTETS EP Vol. I & Vol. II: Back in 2018, I decided to make a short album of trombone quartet arrangements from my own library of work. In April of 2020, I released the second volume of the collection.