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Porter Wyatt Henderson, Associate Principal Trombone

Porter Wyatt Henderson is currently Associate Principal Trombone of the Kansas City Symphony, Principal Trombone of the Crested Butte Music Festival, and Trombonist with the Kansas City Brass. He is a former member of the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Great Music West, Sunflower Music Festival, and as a Fellow at theTanglewood Music Center. Mr. Henderson received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music from Northwestern University; his teachers include Leon Brown, John Kitzman, Per Brevig, Edward Kleinhammer, Frank Crisafulli, and Arnold Jacobs. He is currently Adjunct Instructor of Low Brass at MidAmerica Nazarene University, and formerly taught at Baker University.

Ten questions about me:

What is your earliest musical memory?

Listening to my parents' record collection - from bluegrass to country to classical to Big Band.

How did you choose your instrument?

Hey, the sixth grade band at Woodrow Wilson Elementary needed trombones!

Other than your Kansas City Symphony concerts, where else can audiences catch you performing in town?

Many performances throughout the area with the Kansas City Brass

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

Playing Bruckner Symphony No. 4 with Skrowaczewski. Also, playing with Lyle Lovett in the Flint Hills in June 2010.

Tell us about your family and your hobbies.

My family consists of me, my wife Karen (a high school math teacher), my daughter Elise and son Elijah. My main activity outside of music is the martial art of Aikido. I train and teach at the Midland Ki Society in Merriam; I currently hold the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt). I also enjoy hiking, and wildlife watching in the Rocky Mountains.

If you weren't a professional musician, what occupation would you choose?

Park Ranger

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

Being employed as a trombone player!

What is your favorite city that you've visited or lived in and why?

Creede, Colorado - if you go there you'll see why.

What is your Kansas City Barbecue "joint" of choice?

Danny Edwards