Sam Ashworth, Player Emeritus, Trombone
Sam Ashworth has been playing trombone since the 5th grade, when his father, a music teacher in Eaton, Ohio, brought home an instrument for him to try. He played in several bands in college at Miami University, but decided to major in Design, receiving a BFA degree in 1964. Two years later, while working at Armco Steel in Middletown, Sam put his musical ability to use again. With the Vietnam War heating up and a draft notice imminent, Sam auditioned for entry into the US Army band program. After basic training and three months at the Naval School of Music, he was assigned to the 75th Army Band and served the remainder of three years at that post. Throughout his career as a free lance graphic designer, Sam has continued playing music in several pop, jazz, and concert bands, including the Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band, of which he is a founding member. He is a talented player who has treated audiences to solos, including playing a trombone duet with his son, Andy, who also is a member of the band.
In addition to playing first trombone for the Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band, Sam designs and oversees the printing of the programs for the band's concerts. In March of 2019, as part of the Band's Golden Anniversary Celebration Season, Sam was made Player Emeritus in honor of his 50 years of dedicated service.