Alumnus Spotlight: Derek Gullett (Trombone ’24)

Recent alumnus Derek Gullett (Trombone ’24) fell in love with the first piece he ever played with an orchestra: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, Op. 17. Soon after this pivotal moment, he realized that his passion could actually translate into a viable career path. The Uniontown, Ohio native, who began studying the trombone at age twelve, shares his love for all orchestral music, and discusses the versatility of being able to play alto trombone, euphonium, and other brass instruments. 

Beyond the rehearsals, lessons, and performance opportunities here at Curtis, Mr. Gullett’s favorite pastime has been popping over to the Kimmel Center to watch the Philadelphia Orchestra in concert. Grateful for the guidance and seasoned perspectives of his Curtis teachers Nitzan Haroz and Matthew Vaughn, he describes a career-defining moment when he was called in as a last-minute sub with the Philadelphia Orchestra and had the privilege of playing side-by-side with his mentors. In addition to being a passionate performer, Mr. Gullet maintains an active brass studio on the side, sharing his knowledge with the next generation of brass musicians.

Photos of Mr. Gullett courtesy of Nichole MCH Photography.

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