From the warm beaches of Costa Rica to major Los Angeles music venues, Spencer Sussman has delighted audiences with his talent, creativity, and passion for performance. Spencer is a tenor and bass trombonist, composer, arranger, and educator from the San Francisco Bay Area.
During his undergraduate career at University of California Santa Barbara Spencer studied both music and sociology, where he broadened his musical palette and developed a passion for improvisation. Spencer played in nearly every university ensemble and with many groups in the surrounding area, such as the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony. Spencer also studied trombone performance with Bill Booth, principal trombonist of the Los Angeles Opera Company. 
After his undergraduate study, Spencer moved to Los Angeles to explore a wide variety of musical avenues. He recorded and performed with various jazz ensembles, classical orchestras, indie rock bands, and many other individual projects. Spencer also studied with Paul Young, Music Professor at USC Thornton School of Music.


Spencer has since completed a masters degree in jazz studies at San Jose State University, studying under the expertise of Scott Whitfield, Thomas Hornig, and Grammy Award winner Aaron Lington. He has performed with Jon Faddis, Jamie Davis, Fred Berry, and many others. Spencer has also performed internationally at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, and locally at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest and Jazz on the Hill in San Mateo.  
In 2015, Spencer toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra through New Zealand and Hawaii, and performed with Stanford University throughout France, Switzerland, and Italy. Spencer also was selected as a winner of the 360° Jazz Initiative composition contest, adjudicated by the jazz faculty of UNC Chapel Hill. Spencer currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he performs, composes, arranges, and teaches.



Spencer Sussman
BRASS COACH
University of California, Santa Barbara
San Jose State University