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Felix Ponce, trombonist and graduate of Saint Xavier University (SXU), is an avid music educator and performer in the Chicagoland area. Currently the Director of Bands at Back of the Yards College Preparatory High School, Felix is focusing on building a band program from nothing and establishing a rigorous International Baccalaureate curriculum. In only his first year, Felix has established a Beginning Band, a Marching Band, Orchestra, and Drumline; all of which will continue to grow as Felix has gotten the attention of the school and its community.

While at SXU, Felix was the Drum Major of the Cougar Marching Band where he designed, choreographed, and taught the 2015 field show for the Marching Cougars. In the words of the president at the time, Christine Wiseman, his shows are “excellent”! Felix has also had involvement with many local high schools on the southside of Chicago. Such bands have included St. Rita of Cascia High School’s Marching Mustangs and most prominently Dwight D. Eisenhower High School’s Cardinal Regiment.

As a performer, Felix has played with numerous ensembles. During his collegiate years, he was a member of the SXU Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Combo, Jazz Ensemble, Trombone Trio, Trombone Quartet, and the Marching Band. In all of these ensembles, Felix held principal or lead positions and helped facilitate a uniform sound and style. Outside of SXU, he has been a member of the Fox Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, Protege Philharmonic Orchestra and the Classical Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Felix is an active free-lancer and performs with the South Suburban College Jazz Orchestra. Felix has studied with Dr. Jeffrey Malecki, Dr. Thomas Bough, Skyler Johnson, and Daniel Sartori.

A student of Maniacal 4’s bass trombonist, Matt Jefferson, Felix is pursuing a Masters Degree of Music Education at Central Michigan University. He holds a private low brass studio and is accepting students. Please contact him for rates and availability. When he is not doing something musical, Felix enjoys going on runs, playing tennis, and spending time with his family.

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León Brother Recital featuring José León and Branimir Leon, founding members of the Caracas Trombone project in Venezuela. June 28, 2016.

 

Senior Trombone Recital: November 6, 2015.

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2015-2016 SXU Trombone Quartet – Felix Ponce, Danny Tan, Julie Gardner, Steven McComis

STS 2015: July, 2015

Here are some photos that were taken either for my Senior Recital program or event banner. PC: Hilario Salgado

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