Born and raised in Germany, Sebastian Bell began his formal musical training in Frankfurt and Berlin and went on to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he received an Artist Certificate under the tutelage of Massimo La Rosa, principal trombone of the Cleveland Orchestra and Edward Zadrozny. He furthermore received private instruction from some of the world’s most accomplished bass trombonists including Charles Vernon, Randy Hawes, and Denson Paul Pollard.
Throughout his studies in Germany, he was engaged in professional musical activities such as playing with the Staatskapelle Dresden for two years as part of their apprenticeship program and holding the bass trombone position with the Meiningen State Theater’s orchestra during the 2011-2012 season.
Currently Sebastian is the bass trombonist of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and holds the bass trombone position of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.
Sebastian has furthermore performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He spent his summers performing as the bass trombone fellow of the Pacific Music Festival (2011), Schleswig Holstein Music Festival (2013) and the Spoleto USA Festival (2014).
Besides being a performer, Sebastian Bell is enthusiastic about teaching and is currently the low brass instructor at Lakewood City Schools and Bay Village Schools.
When not playing trombone he and his wife Nina enjoy exploring the National and State Parks of the United States as well as visiting all of the Cleveland Museums.
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