Adjunct Faculty, Trombone, Music & Theatre Program
Spencer Merk is a trombonist, composer, arranger, and educator from Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to leading his Beatles Jazz Quintet (We Are the Walrus), Spencer is a member of the Original Farm League Big Band, El Ritmo del Mañana, Tropicoso, and the Cincinnati Transit Authority. He has played professional engagements with Jeff Hamilton, Joel Frahm, Scott Robinson, Sam Blakeslee, Gary Winters, and John von Ohlen. As a composer and arranger, his music has been performed by the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (CCJO), the Original Farm League Big Band, El Ritmo del Mañana (featuring Jeff Hamilton), and several student ensembles. As an educator, Spencer leads the CJHoF Jazz at Dusk Combo, the Tri-State Jazz Combo, and serves as the Educational Director for the CCJO. After graduating from the College Conservatory of Music in 2021, Spencer won the 2022 International Trombone Association J.J. Johnson Competition.