Mr. Baker earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts in Illinois and later studied at the world-renowned New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he pursued a Masters of Music in Bass Trombone Performance. He has studied with some of the leading trombonists in the country including Douglas Yeo, formerly of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Mark Fisher of the Chicago Lyric Opera; Charles Vernon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic.
Mr. Baker has been an active trombone teacher and freelance player in the Atlanta, Hartford, New York, and Boston metropolitan areas, including positions with several area secondary schools as a brass coach and trombone instructor, with two years at the University of Connecticut as bass trombone professor. Mr. Baker joined First Presbyterian Day (FPD) School in Macon, Georgia as the Director of Bands in 2007 and was selected as the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year and FPD STAR Teacher during academic years 2013-2014 and 2019-2020. Mr. Baker conducted the Macon Youth Orchestra from 2012-2019. Mr. Baker also teaches brass at Middle Georgia State University and will join Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music during Fall Semester 2020 as Instructor of Trombone.
A member of Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity, the National Association for Music Education, the International Trombone Association, the American Federation of Musicians and the Georgia Music Educators Association, Mr. Baker is a frequent adjudicator on audition panels for district, state, and marching competitions. Mr. Baker has been a clinician, guest conductor, and guest artist in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Georgia, and Brazil.
Mr. Baker has been involved in a wide range of projects including three recordings with the Albany Symphony Orchestra in New York, a studio recording for an independent film score by Brian Satterwhite, soundtracks for WGBH Boston Public Television/Radio, several television commercials, a promotional video for John Hancock Insurance Company, two recordings with the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, recordings with the nine piece jazz-fusion group, Klarmusic, and recording sessions for Para Music Group in New York. Mr. Baker’s performances include numerous symphony orchestras (Alabama Symphony, Macon Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony, Boston Ballet, New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, and Albany Symphony in New York); the brass section of the Rhode Island Philharmonic during the Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island; a two-year Broadway National tour of The Music Man from 2001-2003; and a mid-west tour with the New Sousa Band under the direction of Keith O’Brion. Mr. Baker plays regularly for shows at the Macon Little Theatre, Theatre Macon, and with the Civic Club of Macon.
Mr. Baker resides in Macon with his wife Juciene, from Brazil. They have three beautiful daughters.