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Felix Manuel-Padilla

Bass Trombone

Felix Padilla began playing trombone his fourth-grade year in Long Island, New York. Even as a young musician, his elementary school music teacher noticed a lot of potential in him, once telling his parents, “As long as he has music in his life, he’ll be just fine”. After a move to Orlando, Florida, he studied trombone with Orlando Philharmonic/Brevard Symphony Orchestra trombonist Joseph Vascik. While a student at Lake Howell HS, he continued on to make the top placements in All-County and All-State Honor Bands. 

Felix is now a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music located in Boston, MA, and studies trombone performance under James Markey (Bass Trombonist of Boston Symphony). He earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance from Columbus State University May 2017. He studied trombone pedagogy and technique with Dr. Bradley Palmer (Principal Trombonist of LaGrange Symphony). While studying in Columbus, GA, he performed with the CSU Philharmonic Orchestra, CSU Wind Ensemble, CSU Wind Orchestra, Schwob Jazz Orchestra, 9th Street Brass Sextet (founding member), Trombone Choir and Trombone Octet. 

Felix was selected as a Division II finalist for the American Trombone Workshop International Solo Competition located in Washington, D.C., and competed March 2017. He has performed with the CSU Trombone Ensemble at the Southeast Trombone Symposium hosted in Columbus, GA, and the International Trombone Festival at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA, both in July 2017. During his earlier years of undergraduate education, he performed internationally with the CSU Trombone Octet at the 2014 Slider Asia Trombone Festival in Hong Kong, China. In the summer of 2015, He earned the Drum Corps International Bronze medal as a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps.

Felix appears on a newly released CD by the CSU Trombone Studio entitled “Full Tilt” as an ensemble member on various tracks, including solo performance on Brad Edwards’ “Memories of the Spirit”. In addition, he can also be heard on James Markey’s (Bass Trombonist of Boston Symphony) album “Psychedelia” as an ensemble member on John Stevens’ “The Chief”.