Posting Date: October 28, 2011
Meet Jordan Sellers: A Trombonist With International Aspirations
By Stephen Chamblee
Photo by Tracie L. Hinnant
Jordan Sellers began his musical journey playing the trombone in his middle school band. By high school, he was also playing with the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra (GYSO) where he was first introduced to the Kennesaw State music program by Michael Alexander, GYSO music director and director of orchestras at KSU.
Jordan’s second introduction to KSU was during his senior year of high school, when he attended the KSU Summer Music Clinic. He was attracted to KSU because the university "has so many great faculty and great programs. It's just very alive." The following year, Jordan was accepted to the School of Music as a performance major with a concentration in trombone performance.
Since coming to KSU, Jordan has expanded his musical horizons and performs with the orchestra, wind ensemble and jazz ensemble. He says, "I really like playing with the other people in the ensembles. Every concert we get better and we push ourselves. Everybody is very into it and very committed."
Jordan also regularly attends concerts by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Symphony Orchestra (GSO) and GSO Jazz, as well as concerts by local jazz artists. He considers these experiences invaluable to his growth as a musician. In addition, he has developed a taste for chamber music and early music. He has explored early music performance by learning the recorder and has performed baroque and renaissance works as a member of the Emory Recorder Orchestra.
Outside of music, Jordan is interested in cooking and baking, and is studying German. Because of his interest in other cultures and perspectives, he is considering doing his graduate studies abroad in Germany, where he would like to continue to focus on performance.
Music education is also a passion for Jordan. He already has a private studio where he teaches beginning trombone students. He feels "it's very important that we pass on our craft to other people." Jordan expects both education and performance will always be part of his musical career. "I'd like to teach, perform and just be an entrepreneur," he explains.
His trombone instructor, Tom Gibson, believes with his KSU education, wide performance experience and continued hard work, Jordan has every reason to expect success. "One of the best parts of being a private studio instructor is watching the students grow, learn and get inspired by music!” Gibson says. “Jordan has done all three to such a degree that I am excited to see what the future holds for him. His hard work here at KSU is certain to pay nice dividends in the very near future."