King Trombone Masterclass Series

Advance your trombone technique with these masterclasses from incredible educators and King artists.


Take your trombone playing to the next level with these King Trombone Artist Masterclass lesson videos. Each course features outstanding musical guidance, techniques and tips, and exemplary performances from the instructors.

This video library is perfect for:
  • Intermediate and advanced players looking to improve their technique, particularly in Jazz
  • Players seeking to add to their personal repertoire library
  • Any trombone player needing inspiration to keep strong on the journey


Conn Masterclass: Clarence Hines, Trombone

By Clarence Hines
  • 0 Lessons
  • Clarence Hines
  • Introducing Your Masterclass Instructor
  • Scales Overview
  • Major Scales
  • Intro to Mixolydian Scales
  • Enclosures
  • Mixolydian Scale Pattens
  • Mixolydian Enclosure Pattern
  • Mixolydian ii-V Pattern
  • Solo over "Autumn Leaves"
  • Quick Version - Solo over "Autumn Leaves"
  • Listening for Patterns
  • What is something you've struggled with on your instrument, and how did you overcome it?
  • What do you practice every day?
  • What do you wish you did more of when you were a young player?
  • What would you tell your 12-year-old self when they get discouraged?
  • When did you know you wanted to play professionally?

King Masterclass: Ryan Heinlein, Trombone

By Ryan Heinlein
  • 16 Lessons
  • Ryan Heinlein
  • Introducing Your Masterclass Instructor
  • Using Rhythm for Beginning Improvization
  • One Pitch Motif
  • Roots on the Same Rhythm
  • Roots on Different Rhythms
  • 7th and Combining Roots and 7ths
  • Root, 7th Different Rhythms
  • 9th, Root, 7th and 9ths
  • 3rds
  • Putting it all Together
  • Jazz Articulations
  • What is something you've struggled with on your instrument, and how did you overcome it?
  • What do you practice every day?
  • What do you wish you did more of when you were a young player?
  • What would you tell your 12-year-old self when they get discouraged?
  • When did you know you wanted to play professionally?

King Masterclass: Nick Finzer, Trombone

By Nick Finzer
  • 32 Lessons
  • Nick Finzer
  • Course Introduction
  • How to Swing a Scale
  • Master the Basics - 4 Kinds of Triads
  • All the Triads Together
  • How to Tackle any Basic Chord Progression in Jazz
  • Root-7th-Root-3rd, Dominant 7 Chords
  • Root-7th-Root-3rd, Minor 7 Chords
  • Application of Chords
  • How to Construct a ii V I Line in Jazz
  • Jazz Trombone Articulation
  • Solo Performance by Nick
  • Lullaby for an Old Friend
  • Bouncin with Bud
  • Conception
  • What's something you've struggled with on your instrument?
  • When did you decide you wanted to play professionally?
  • What do you practice every day?
  • What do you wish you did more or less of as a young artist?
  • What would you tell your 12 year old discouraged self?


Clarence Hines

Clarence Hines is an Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of North Florida where he teaches trombone and jazz arranging. Prior to this position, Clarence co-directed the Jazz Lab Band and coached combos at the Eastman School of Music as a graduate teaching assistant. In addition, he taught trombone at the Eastman Community Music School. He currently serves on the faculty of the North Florida Music Camp and the Birch Creek Music Performance Center. Clarence is an active performer and composer/arranger who freelances in the North Florida and South Georgia area. Recent performances include shows with The O’Jays, John Pizzarelli, Josh Groban, the Harry James Orchestra and others. Clarence has also appeared in festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival, and Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Clarence earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida as well as Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music. For more information, visit

Ryan Heinlein

Dr. Ryan Heinlein is an Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Music, Theater and Record Arts department at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas where he conducts the jazz and concert bands. He also teaches jazz improvisation, applied lessons and ear training. He holds degrees in trombone performance from Wichita State University and the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ryan serves as the jazz education advisor to the Kansas Music Educator’s Association and is a highly sought after adjudicator and clinician. Ryan remains an active performer around the Midwest. His versatility has allowed him to play with groups such as the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, the Marcus Lewis Big Band, Michael Feinstein, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Buckinghams, the Four Tops. Making Movies, members of Los Lobos and Frankie Negron. Ryan has also released four recordings of original music with his group, The Project H.

Nick Finzer

Award winning musician Nick Finzer is a jazz trombonist and composer whose musical prowess is firmly planted with one foot in the past and another leading to the future. In January of 2013 Nick released his recording debut as a bandleader “Exposition” on his new label Outside in Music. “Exposition” presents Finzer’s unique musical lens, featuring ten original compositions that draw on the multifaceted influences that have shaped his musical development. The onset of Nick’s love for jazz came through an exploration of Duke Ellington’s music during his high school years. Duke’s compositions like “Harlem Airshaft” and “In a Sentimental Mood” started him on an irreversible musical journey. These experiences culminated in a performance of Elllington’s music as part of the Essentially Ellington Festival hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center, which ignited Nick’s ambition to move to New York City to pursue a life in music. During this time Finzer also came under the tutelage of former Jazz at Lincoln Center Trombonist, Wycliffe Gordon. This relationship developed into a four year commission project in which Gordon wrote four pieces to feature Nick during his undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music. While studying at Eastman, Nick was able to play with many musicians who came through Rochester, New York including engagements with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Walt Weiskopf, John Clayton and Slide Hampton. Since moving to New York City in 2010, Finzer has completed a Masters Degree from The Juilliard School, shared the stage with the likes of Frank Wess at Dizzy’s Club, Lew Tabackin and Terrell Stafford at The Blue Note, Lewis Nash and Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project at Jazz Standard, and Nick continues to lead his own bands around the city and across the country. While at Juilliard Nick had the opportunity to work with many mentors including Frank Kimbrough, Carl Allen, Ray Drummond, and studied under jazz trombone innovator, Steve Turre. Nick was selected as a recipient of a 2013 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers award for his composition Alternate Agenda (which appears on “Exposition”). In 2011 Nick was the winner of the Eastern Trombone Workshop’s National Jazz Trombone Competition and was a finalist in the 2010 International Trombone Association’s Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition. Nick currently serves as CoFounder and Artistic Director of the Institute for Creative Music (, which is dedicated to the education and dissemination of jazz and creative music across the US. In both 2012 and 2013 the IfCM won a “Great Classrooms” grant award from the Plum Creek Foundation funding week long residencies in the state of Montana. Since IfCM’s founding in 2011 Nick has lead workshops, masterclasses, and residencies spanning from coast to coast. Additionally, Nick has worked with students from universities like the Eastman School of Music, Penn State, Ithaca College, Gonzaga University, University of Montana, and Arizona State University, to name a few. He has also served on the faculty of the Eastman Summer Jazz Camp, and Juilliard Jazz Summer Camps in West Palm Beach, Florida and Ephraim, Utah. In New York, Nick maintains an active teaching schedule with the Jazz Standard Discovery Program which includes informational jazz performances/presentations for elementary school students, coaching small ensembles, and weekly performances at Jazz Standard. Nick’s current projects include his sextet featuring music from “Exposition”, a chordless trio that performs monthly at Bar Next Door, a twotrombone duo with fellow Juilliard alumnus Joe McDonough, and freelancing with various ensembles and shows around the city. Nick continues to perform, compose, and teach while maintaining an active touring schedule, and formulating new projects. Finzer is determined to continually develop his artistry from the lineage of the music, while being honest to his musical voice and personality.