Andrew Lankford, Professor of Trombone at James Madison University, holds the B.M. in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the M.M. in Trombone Performance from the University of Kansas, and the D.M.A. in Trombone Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His primary teachers include Randy Kohlenberg and Max Bonecutter.
Prior to his joining the faculty of James Madison University in 2001, Dr. Lankford held teaching positions at Louisiana Tech University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition, he has served on the faculty of the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Germany and the Taller de Música para Trombonistas in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Currently, he is principal trombone with the Waynesboro Symphony, trombonist with the Madison Brass, and a member of Mr. Jefferson’s Bones.
He has performed with numerous ensembles including the North Carolina Symphony, Longview Symphony, Winston Salem Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Lynchburg Symphony, Shenandoah Symphony, Brevard Chamber Orchestra, and the Kansas City Boulevard Big Band. From 2001 – 2015, he was the principal and solo trombonist with the Massanutten Brass Band.
In addition, he has performed with notable commercial artists including Wayne Newton, Gladys Knight, the Temptations, Margaret Whiting, and Kevin Mahogany. As a soloist, he has appeared at the American Trombone Workshop, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference, and as featured soloist with the JMU Symphony Orchestra, JMU Brass Band, Massanutten Brass Band, JMU Wind Symphony, JMU Jazz Band, JMU Symphonic Band, JMU Concert Band, Armstrong Community Band, UNCG Symphony Orchestra, and Louisiana Tech Jazz Ensemble.