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James Beckel

Trombone and Euphonium

James Beckel is the principal trombonist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and is also a member of the Carmel Chamber Brass Choir.  He has appeared as a soloist on many occasions, including with the Indianapolis Symphony.  He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and has studied with Lewis Van Haney, Jay Friedman, Arnold Jacobs, Henry Charles Smith, and David Baker.

Mr. Beckel is also a well-known composer who has written many works that have been performed by orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. His horn concerto, The Glass Bead Game, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1997, and he was one of 50 composers selected nationwide by Continental Harmony to write a new work to celebrate the Millennium.  He has also composed concert works commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony and a consortium of other orchestras.  Appointed 1971.