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Adam Rainey, Bass Trombone

Adam Rainey, a Kentucky native, joined the Kansas City Symphony in the 2014-15 season. In 2012, Rainey made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra playing Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" under the baton of Bernard Haitink. Later that year, he recorded John Williams' "Fanfare for Fenway" with the Boston Pops under the baton of the composer himself in celebration of Fenway Park's centennial. He also has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony and Grant Park Festival Orchestra. He has attended the Pacific Music Festival (Japan), and he has spent two summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Rainey received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Douglas Yeo and James Markey. Additionally, he has studied with Norman Bolter, Mark Gaal, Steve Lange, Peter Norton and Toby Oft. Rainey received second prize at the 2011 Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Trombone Competition, and he was a finalist at the International Trombone Association's Edward Kleinhammer Competition.

Ten questions about me:

What is your favorite thing about performing music?

The emotions that we can evoke out of the audience.

Who would you play in a movie?

McLovin from Superbad

Who do you consider is the most inspiring composer?


If I weren't a professional musician, my occupation would be:

Bear Wrangler

What is your earliest musical memory?

My parents playing the soundtrack to "Phantom of the Opera" in the car.

What is the one item you must have on a desert island?

Bourbon (I am from Kentucky), ice pick and a lawnmower, sand castle bucket

What is your most memorable performance with the Kansas City Symphony?

In 2018, we performed an arrangement of Wagner's Ring Cycle. That was a blast!

What is a "must-have" in your fridge?

Boulevard Tank 7 Beer, eggs, cinnamon toast crunch, milk for the crunch, chicken, and hot sauce

Who do you look to for inspiration?

Douglas Yeo, Norman Bolter, James Markey

Outside of rehearsals, tell us about your practice regimen.

One hour of basics and around two hours for solos/excerpts.