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Neal Corwell

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Neal Corwell


Neal Corwell is an American composer, educator and euphoniumist.

Master Sergeant Neal Corwell served as euphoniumist with "Pershing's Own", The US Army Band in Washington, DC, from 1981 to 1989. After briefly serving as principal euphonium with the 257th Army National Guard Band (Washington, D.C.) during 2001, Neal rejoined Pershing’s Own in 2002, and served there as euphonium section leader of the Ceremonial Band. For several years he was also NCOIC for the Ceremonial Band’s Tuba-Euphonium Quartet, and, while serving as their leader, created several new compositions and arrangements for the ensemble. He retired from the band in 2016.

During his 12-plus years as a civilian, from 1989 to 2001, Dr. Corwell taught at Shepherd and Frostburg State Universities, earned a Doctoral Degree in euphonium performance and pedagogy at the University of Maryland under the tutelage of Dr. Brian Bowman, and served on the executive committee of the International Tuba Euphonium Association and on the board of the Women’s Brass Conference. During the mid-1990s he was chosen to be a founding member of “Symphonia”, a tuba-euphonium ensemble chosen from among the nation’s finest low brass performers and directed by R. Winston Morris. Since 1990 he has been trombonist with the St. James Brass Quintet.

In 2007 the definitive sourcebook for the euphonium, titled Guide to the Euphonium Repertoire, was published by Indiana University Press. Dr. Corwell was tasked with writing two chapters for the book (one on all the current literature available for unaccompanied euphonium, and the other on current literature for euphonium with electronic media). In addition, he authored an article about “recording the euphonium” which was also included in the volume. Dr. Corwell has authored over seventy musical compositions and arrangements.

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