Liam Glendening is a sophomore tenor trombone major at the Blair School of Music. He was born in Lexington Kentucky and grew up in Redlands California. He began his music career studying cello, playing it through high school. He began playing trombone at age nine and studied with his father Andrew Glendening, the Dean and Trombone Professor at the University of Redlands School of Music. In high school he played with youth orchestras and honor bands at the local, state, and national level, including Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the USA, which toured the country's best venues with soloist Gil Shaham. Liam has also competed in several major competitions, and has won the Army Band's National Trombone Solo Competition. He has worked with conductor's David Robertson and Gerard Schwarz, and has briefly studied with great musicians such as Ian Bousfield, Michael Mulcahy, Tim Higgins, Randall Hawes, Jeff Reynolds, Gene Pokorny, Sergio Carolino and Roger Bobo.
At Vanderbilt, Liam can be seen playing in his solo recitals and performance classes, working with the Vanderbilt Trombone Quartet aka The Helmsman, performing with the Vanderbilt Orchestra and Wind Symphony, or studying with the great Jeremy Wilson. You can also see him at this year's International Trombone Festival hosted in his hometown Redlands California. He aspires to a career as a soloist, orchestral musician, and conductor. When he isn't playing music, Liam is studying art film, rereading the complete works of Kurt Vonnegut, listening to Keith Jarret, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, and Frank Zappa, or enjoying the best food and music Nashville has to offer.