Raimundo J. Morales, D.M.A.
Office: Mary Moody Northern Hall, Room 140
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Professional Profile Rai Morales joined the faculty at WTAMU in 2008. He received his bachelor of music degrees in music education and trombone performance from Texas A&M University-Kingsville as well as his master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in trombone performance from the University of Texas at Austin. His primary trombone teachers include Ralph Morales, Hector Navarro, Victor Gunnoe, Dr. Paul Hageman, and Dr. Nathaniel Brickens.
Teaching and Related Service Dr. Morales teaches Applied Trombone courses, Trombone Choir, Elementary Music Education courses, University Band, and the WTAMU Athletic Pep Band. Prior to his appointment at WTAMU, he taught applied trombone at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and was a middle school band director with the Austin Independent School District.
As an active solo performer, chamber performer, and clinician, Dr. Morales has won or placed in several prestigious solo trombone competitions including the International Trombone Association Frank Smith Competition, The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Eastern Trombone Workshop, The Kingsville Young Performers Competition, and The Big XII Solo Trombone Competition. He has recently performed and taught at various locations throughout the United States, including The University of North Texas, Texas Tech University, Texas State University, Huston-Tillotson University, Florida State University, The University of Florida, and Valdosta State University.
He serves as the Principal Trombonist of Amarillo Symphony, Trombonist with the Amarillo Opera, Trombonist with the West Texas A&M University Faculty Brass Quintet, and is a founding member of the Minor 4th Trombone Quartet.
The WTAMU Trombone Choir is comprised of 31 trombone majors and maintains an active performing schedule, both on and off campus. Recently, the ensemble was selected to perform at the 2011 Texas Tech University Trombone Conference in Lubbock, Texas and The 2011 U.S. Army's Eastern Trombone Workshop in Arlington, Virginia.
Rai Morales is a Michael Rath Trombone Artist/Clinician.
Michael Rath Trombones
Minor 4th Trombone Quartet
Personal Sketch Dr. Morales lives in Amarillo with his wife Rosie and two children, Rai II and Katie. During his spare time he enjoys watching movies, traveling, and spending time with family.