kaplan_allan_31_011913Allan Kaplan, Ph.D. is the Trombone / Low Brass Professor at New Mexico State University, where he also teaches courses in music education, brass pedagogy and jazz improvisation. Dr. Kaplan’s education included Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from New York University. Presently he is Principal Trombone of the Las Cruces Symphony and a member of the Quintessential Brass Quintet. From 1975-1989 he was Principal Trombone of the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. Previous to that position he performed in Broadway musicals, as Solo Trombone of the Goldman Band, at Lincoln Center, and was a member of the New York Brass Choir. In addition, Dr. Kaplan has a strong background as a public school music educator. He has represented NMSU as a clinician and performing artist throughout Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and California.

Dr. Kaplan has recorded on the Angel label with Maestro Herrera de la Fuente, on the MENC video series “The Worlds Greatest Music”, on various labels with the Goldman Band, with the Light Fantastic Players, and with Richie Havens.

In the commercial field he has performed with artists such as Lena Horne, Burt Bacharach, Sammy Davis, Jr., Henry Mancini, Mel Torme, Cher, The Oak Ridge Boys, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan. In 2006 he was a member of the Orchestra at the Mendocino Music Festival in Northern California. In 2001 Kaplan was invited to NYC with the Creole Trio, to an audition for the State Department’s Jazz Ambassador program. Look for Dr. Kaplan’s chapter on the trombone section in the jazz band in the anthology “Jazz Pedagogy: The Jazz Educator’s Handbook and Resource Guide” by Warner Brothers, edited by Dr. Willie Hill Jr. He is a member of A.S.C.A.P. and a clinician for Edwards Instrument Co.

In 2014 he released “Fotografia” available from Fortuna Music- FM 017. This album showcased the Allan Kaplan – Mack Goldsbury Jazz Sextet. Recorded in 2015, their second album “Duke’s Voice” should be released in early 2017 on Fortun Music. It features trumpet virtuoso and composer Maciej Fortuna.

During 2013 he and colleague Dr. Norwood Yamini began the Survival Guides series with the publication of “The Trombone Player’s Survival Guide: how to get out and stay out of pain.” It is published by David Vining’s Mountain Peak Music.