Bass trombonist Eric Henson is a native of North Carolina and holds degrees from Western Carolina University, the University of Maryland, College Park, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of South Carolina. As an educator, Henson is in demand as a clinician and teacher from Delaware to Georgia and has served on the music faculties of Washington Adventist University, Furman University, and the University of South Carolina. Motivated by a strong desire to cultivate music in young people, he joined the faculty of Limestone College in 2011 and has rapidly grown the low brass studio in both quantity and quality. Ensembles under his direction have given performances at the 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Conference, the 2017 South Carolina Music Educator’s Conference, and the 2017 Great American Brass Band Festival. His students have won positions in various military bands, summer festivals, and high school honor ensembles in Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Mr. Henson’s interest in teaching was fostered early on through his interest in marching band. In addition to being a marching member of Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps (2002-2005) he has held staff positions numerous prestigious groups, including at the collegiate Western Carolina University, the University of Maryland, and Carolina Crown. As a high school instructor he has worked with groups from South Carolina to Maryland, including the 2016 South Carolina AAAAA State Champion, Byrnes High School Rebel Regiment.
Henson is an active performer across the Southeast and holds principal positions in the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Western Piedmont Symphony, and the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2008 to 2015, he held the position of bass trombonist with The King’s Brass and can be heard on many of their recent recordings on the Summit Records label. Additionally, he has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he has given recitals across the East Coast, and was the grand prize winner in the 2017 International Women’s Brass Conference solo competition.