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Michael Rushman

Pep Band
College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Office Location: Oliphant Hall


Michael Rushman is a professional music educator and trombonist in the Southern California region. Since 2016 he has been co-director of the Pride of Chapman Pep Band at Chapman University. As the principal arranger for the Pride of Chapman, his arrangements have been performed by the band to great success both on- and off-campus at sporting events and community engagements such as the annual CHOC Walk held at the Disneyland Resort. He has also taught chamber music at the Academy for the Performing Arts in Huntington Beach since 2015 and is a regular guest clinician for many music programs throughout Southern California, including the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra.

As a trombonist, Mr. Rushman has performed with many local orchestras, including the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, YMF Debut Orchestra, Young Artists Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles, Symphony Irvine, and Dana Point Symphony, in world-renown venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall, Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, and the Musco Center for the Arts.

An avid supporter of arts in the community, Mr. Rushman was a founding member of Trombone Time Machine, a trombone quartet dedicated to bringing engaging chamber music performances to underserved community members in Los Angeles, sponsored by the Max H. Gluck Foundation.

Mr. Rushman received his Master of Music degree in trombone performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, studying under Dr. Terry Cravens. He also studied with David Stetson, trombonist of the Pacific Symphony, at Chapman University in Orange, CA, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy.