MU1 Connor Rowe
Musician 1st Class Connor Alexander Rowe, trombone, joined the US Coast Guard Band as a trombonist in 2022 after completing a Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music at the Colburn School. A native of Lompoc, CA, he chose the trombone at age 11 because he couldn’t make a sound on any other wind instrument. This proved to be a good choice because he began finding success as a young player, culminating in winning the 2015 Gilberto Gagliardi International Trombone competition at 17, and earning a position in Carnegie Hall’s 2016 National Youth Orchestra at 18. While at Colburn, he studied with Mark Lawrence, was featured at the school as a soloist on 6 separate occasions, won the 2018 Lätszch Trombone Festival Competition and 2019 Pasadena Showcase House solo competition, participated in the Aspen Music Festival, and was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and Music Academy of the West. At Juilliard, he studied with Joseph Alessi, created arrangements for the Juilliard Trombone Choir, returned to Music Academy of the West, and was a finalist for the 2022 Frank Smith International Trombone competition. Additionally, he has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Princeton Symphony, New World Symphony, and Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. His teachers before college were Andrew Malloy, James Miller, Mike Pakaluk and Bill Betten. In his free time, MU1 Rowe enjoys swimming, surfing, hiking, ultimate frisbee, chess, and creating frustratingly difficult trombone compositions and arrangements.