Randall Hawes

Instrumental Focus

  • bass trombone

Randall Hawes joined the Cleveland Orchestra as guest bass trombonist in 2020 after retiring from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He studied with William Rivard at Central Michigan University and at Carnegie Mellon University with Byron B. McColloh. He was with the Woody Herman Thundering Herd for two years, and was a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center, before joining the DSO in 1985. Hawes has performed with Chicago Chamber Musicians, Summit Brass, Music of the Baroque and the orchestras of Alabama, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. In 1995 he was invited by Sir Georg Solti to join the World Orchestra for Peace (WOP). Mr. Hawes can be heard on recordings with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, WOP, Boston Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra as well as solo recordings: Barnburner, Melodrama, and Belle Nuit. In 2014, he joined the National Brass Ensemble and has recorded two CDs with them: Gabrieli and Tim Higgins’ arrangement of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Hawes is lecturer at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University and faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Randall Hawes performs on Bach trombones and the Lätzch contrabass trombone.