About the Inventor

jon holtfreter

Jonathan M. Holtfreter is the inventor of the TromboneSpineSaver™ Performance Stand. He began trombone studies in the 5th grade in the Ann Arbor Public Schools and, under the private instruction of Charles J. Gabrion, rose to the top of his section in both junior high school and high school band and orchestra. He auditioned for the University of Michigan School of Music and was admitted immediately following his audition.

Mr. Holtfreter played in the Concert Band and Symphony Band and was a member of the Michigan Marching Band for all four years of his undergraduate degree - - including a trip to the Rose Bowl with the marching band. He graduated with high distinction and was elected a member of the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda, Chi Chapter. Upon graduating, he became a member of The Galliard Brass Ensemble brass quintet out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The quintet gave concerts around the state and was invited to the Southeast Council for the Arts concert series in Vermont as well as the Brunch with Bach series at the Detroit Institute of Arts. He recorded three albums of brass quintet literature arranged by Richard Price with the Galliard Brass Ensemble, the third album of which included guest artists Armando Ghitalla of the Boston Symphony, Corbin Wagner of the Detroit Symphony, Catherine Leach, Professor of Trumpet at the University of Tennessee and George Troia of the Michigan Opera Theatre. The albums have been played extensively on WUOM, WKAR and WDET in Michigan and CBC Radio Canada for the past twenty-five years.

"Carols for Brass”, Volumes 1, 2 and 3 are available on iTunes, listed under “The Galliard Brass Ensemble."

Mr. Holtfreter has been a private instructor of trombone, euphonium and tuba for 50 years. His students have won numerous concerto competitions on trombone, euphonium and tuba, have ranked at the top of all state-wide trombone soloists seven times in the last twelve years, are consistent leaders in the Ann Arbor Huron, Skyline and Pioneer High School bands, orchestras and jazz bands as well as the Michigan Youth Band, Youth Orchestra, Youth Jazz Ensemble, the Detroit Civic Orchestra, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association All-State Band, Jazz Band and Orchestra as well as the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Band, Orchestra and Jazz Band and Concerto Competition.

Mr. Holtfreter is founder and director of The Ann Arbor Trombone Choir which has performed in joint recitals with the Western Michigan Trombone Choir, directed by Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger, the University of Michigan Trombone Ensemble, directed by Prof. David Jackson, the Oberlin Trombone Ensemble, directed by Prof. Lee Allen and was selected as the only high school trombone choir to perform at the 2013 American Trombone Workshop hosted by Pershing’s Own Army Band in Arlington, VA.

In 2018, Mr. Holtfreter and UMSTD Prof. of Trombone, David Jackson, co-founded the Michigan Youth Trombone Ensemble (MYTE), of which the Ann Arbor Trombone Choir was the genesis group. Mr. Holtfreter was named by the University of Michigan School of Music Theatre and Dance as Founder and Conductor Emeritus of the Ann Arbor Trombone Choir, now named the Michigan Youth Trombone Ensemble.

Mr. Holtfreter has had a first-place winner in the American Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition and a finalist in the International Trombone Association Solo competition held in Arhus, Denmark. His students have won, collectively, over $350,000.00 in scholarships for music schools at Indiana University, Wooster College, Oberlin Conservatory, Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, the University of Michigan and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

After serving as a band, jazz band and orchestra director in various public and private school districts for thirty-two years, Mr. Holtfreter retired from public school teaching to pursue publication of his instructional texts for the studio music teacher, available for view at ­musicstudycycles.com, and to continue his studio teaching.