George Sanders, Assistant Principal Trombonist, is marking his 40th season with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Liverpool NY, George is a graduate of the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam). After finishing his undergraduate studies, George played with U.S. Air Force bands in Montgomery Alabama, Tokyo Japan and Rantoul Illinois. Upon completing his military obligation, he earned a Masters in Music Performance from the University of Illinois.
Before becoming a member of the HSO, George served as Principal Trombonist with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony and the New Britain Symphony. An active freelancer, he leads the Hartford Brass Ensemble and the High Society Dixieland band. He has played with numerous organizations throughout New England, including the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Salisbury Sinfonietta, the Greenwich Choral Society, Concora, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, the Main Street Band, Yellow Brick Road, the Hot Cats Jazz Band, the Goodspeed Orchestra and many other small ensembles.
George is a well-known musical contractor and, through his agency BrassPlus Music, he provides small and large musical groups for individuals, universities and theaters, including the Harford Stage and the Toyota Oakdale Theatre. At Hartford Stage, he contracted the orchestra for the Tony Award winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and for the Broadway hit musical Anastasia.
George has an extensive career as an educator and clinician. He has served as Trombone Instructor at Central Connecticut State University, The University of Massachusetts at Lowell, was founding Music Department Head at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, and spent over 30 years as a lecturer at the University of Connecticut. After retiring from the University of Connecticut, he taught music for six years at Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School in Hamden, CT. In addition, he has maintained an active private studio. George’s private students have gone on to study at major institutions and attain success as professional performers, clinicians and university professors.
He is indebted to his teachers, John Iannotta, Johannes Koulman, John Upchurch, Robert Gray and Frank Crisafulli, for their guidance and inspiration.
During his tenure with the HSO, George has served in many administrative roles, including: Personnel Manager, Artistic Advisor, Interim Operations Manager, member of the Long Term Planning Committee, Manager of the Music-To-Go Program and member of the Orchestra Committee.
George’s crowning achievement is his marriage, in 2012, to oboist Janet Rosen, who has been the greatest source of support and encouragement anyone could hope for.