Born in Greer, South Carolina and raised in a farming family, brass educator and bass trombonist Travis Dobson did not become formally introduced to classical music until his senior year of high school. He was however, very fortunate to have participated in a strong high school band program and to have studied with excellent private music teachers. Encouraged to explore the possibilities of continuing his musical studies at a university, it was on a whim and with the idea of attending a college in a different part of the country that Travis flew to Chicago to hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform Mahler’s Third Symphony. After hearing this monumental piece of music and meeting members of the orchestra’s low brass section, Travis was convinced that a life in music was a journey that he wanted to begin.
After graduating high school, Travis began his collegiate studies at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and after two years in southern Ohio, Travis transferred to the Cleveland Institute of Music. After transferring once again, this time to the Ohio State University, Travis was able to explore his interest in medicine and complete the pre-med course requirements en route to earning a Bachelor’s degree in music performance. During his studies at OSU, Travis had the opportunity to perform with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as the substitute bass trombonist, an opportunity that reignited his love for performing and propelled him to pursue graduate studies in music at the University of Maryland where he earned a Master’s of Music degree. Travis's post-graduate education included studies at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL and Boston University.
As a bass trombonist, Travis has performed with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Miami Symphony, the Florida Grand Opera, the Naples Philharmonic, the Sarasota Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, and the South Carolina Philharmonic. Travis is also fortunate to have performed in Europe with the AIMS Festival Orchestra based in Graz, Austria, and in Central America. He was a winner of the 2010 Eastern Trombone Workshop (now called the American Trombone Workshop) National Solo Competition. Having previously served as a teaching artist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the low brass artist in residence at the Dreyfoos School for the Arts in Palm Beach, Florida, today Travis is a passionate brass instrument instructor and deeply enjoys spreading his love of creating music through teaching the students in his private studio. He is proud to have helped past students gain entry into numerous prestigious universities including Julliard, Northwestern University, Cal-Berkley, and Boston University.
Travis is grateful to now teach and perform in the Boston metro area and in southern Vermont while calling Winhall, Vermont home. When not teaching, practicing, or performing, he can be found running through the woods with his dog, skiing, or in the kitchen developing new recipes to enjoy, most likely while eating copious amounts of ice cream.