Casey Maday

Principal Trombone

Casey Maday, Principal Trombonist with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Northern Illinois University, a master of music in performance from DePaul University and has completed doctoral course work in Brass Pedagogy at Indiana University.

As an active performer, he has worked with ensembles such as the Monterrey Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Dayton Philharmonic, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Concertante di Chicago, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Trombone Quartet, Asbury Brass Quintet, The Stanley Paul Orchestra, the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra, and many others. You can also hear him performing regularly in the orchestra pit of the Civic Center in Des Moines. Recent performance include: Evita, Pippin, Cinderella, Lion King, Newsies, Book of Mormon, and more. In 2011 Mr. Maday made his solo debut with the Whiting Park Festival Orchestra. In March 2016 Mr. Maday performed the Concertino by Ferdinand David as well as Blue Bells of Scotland by Arthur Pryor with the Fort Dodge Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Maday can be heard on the DVDs Symphony in Sculpture and Symphony in Sculpture II with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, as well as The Power of Music DVD with Ethan Bortnick, Damian McGinty, and Jane Monheit.

Mr. Maday has taught private and group brass lessons in a variety of musical styles since 1996 and currently serves as the Instructor of Low Brass at Grinnell College. He also serves as the trombone faculty at the Des Moines Symphony Academy where he coaches the Des Moines Youth Symphony Honors Brass Quintet, as well as the Youth Orchestra Brass Section. Many of his students have advanced to All State Band and Orchestra as well as continued their musical careers at such prestigious schools as the Manhattan School of Music, the New England Conservatory, Yale University, University of Illinois, and University of North Texas. Mr. Maday’s primary teachers include: Peter Ellefson, Mark Fisher, and Charlie Vernon. Mr. Maday is an Edwards Performing Artist and Clinician, and is an in demand clinician throughout the Midwest with recent masterclasses at Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, and the Kansas City Conservatory. He resides in Des Moines with his American Bulldog, Floyd.


Des Moines, IA

Year Joined Orchestra Iowa:


Education & Teachers:

BM, Northern Illinois University, 2000
MM, DePaul University, 2003
ABD, Indiana University, 2007 (Doctoral Coursework)

Peter Ellefson, Mark Fisher, and Charlie Vernon

Favorite Symphonic Piece:

Mahler 2, Siegfried’s Funeral March, Bruckner 7, Symphonic Metamorphosis by Hindemith, Brahms 1, Dvorak 9, Mozart Requiem, this list could go on for days….

Favorite Memory With Orchestra Iowa:

Either performing Mahler 2 or the Verdi Requiem. There is something truly special about having a huge choir sitting directly behind you.

How did you start playing your instrument?

I started on the Flute in third grade, after finding one in my aunt’s basement. In fourth grade I switched to the trombone because I was able to make a good “trombone buzz”.

Who are your musical inspirations?

Charlie Vernon, Christian Lindberg, Pete Ellefson, Joe Alessi, Fritz Wunderlich, Bryn Terfel, Pablo Casal, and more.

If you weren’t a professional musician, what career would you have?

I would be brewing beer full time or guiding full time as a fishing charter captain.

List three things always found in your refrigerator:

Beer, bacon, eggs, and butter. I know that’s four, but too bad.

Who would play you in a movie?

Hmmmmm Chewbacca?