Jeffrey Gray joined the music faculty at Roberts Wesleyan College in 2013; he also holds teaching positions at Ithaca College and the Eastman Community Music School. Mr. Gray joined the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011 as bass trombonist. Also the bass trombonist with the Grant Park Orchestra of Chicago, which he joined in 2003, he previously held the same position with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra from 2000-2011.
Mr. Gray has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and as a member of the National Repertory Orchestra. He can be heard on recordings with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and the Grant Park Orchestra.
In 2000, Mr. Gray was the winner of two international competitions: the Lewis Van Haney Philharmonic Prize Competition and the Donald Yaxley Solo Competition, both sponsored by the International Trombone Association. He is one of the few trombonists to win both international competitions for bass trombone in the same year. As a result of these competitions, he was a featured performer at the 2000 International Trombone Festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Mr. Gray received his formal music training at Bowling Green State University and the Juilliard School. His teachers include Paul Hunt, Dennis Smith, Don Harwood, Joe Alessi, Blair Bollinger, and Steve Norrell.