2024 Speaker

Darren Kramer is a professional trombonist, composer, educator, music producer and motivational speaker who has performed throughout the world as trombonist with Matchbox Twenty, Garth Brooks, Marc Anthony, Tom Jones, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies with Mercer Ellington. Kramer is a prolific composer and producer, having recorded six original CDs and arranging over 400 songs that feature Grammy Award-winning artists such as Michael Brecker and Jerry Hey. Kramer grew up in a musical family in Colorado, graduated from the University of Miami, and is an XO Brass artist and Ableton certified trainer who combines live acoustic instruments with innovative music technology. Kramer is the instructor of jazz trombone at Colorado State University and shares his vast knowledge from 40 years of extensive performing and teaching experience via his 2023 TEDx Talk and online course, Trombonology, his ultramodern group, ElektroHornz, as well as his music and wellness podcast, Sonic Tonic Experience.