Clayton Heath is a freelance bass trombonist and music educator in Pittsburgh, PA, and serves as the Adjunct Lecturer of Low Brass at Frostburg State University. In addition to being a member of The Brass Roots and funk-brass band Run the Meat, Clayton is an active substitute with River City Brass Band, Beauty Slap, and is currently in a one-year trial with Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.
He has been fortunate to perform with other area ensembles including Pittsburgh Opera, members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra brass, and the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, Clayton was a finalist and placed in several competitions at the International Women’s Brass Conference in Rowan, NJ. He has had the honor to perform as a soloist with members of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing with the United States Navy Band, and in multiple National Anthem performances for nationally televised major league events. As an educator, he maintains an active private studio, representing various low brass instruments and levels of experience, provides educational clinics, and has served as a brass instructor for high school band programs and the Salvation Army.
Clayton holds a Masters degree in Performance from Duquesne University, as well as degrees in Performance, Musical Arts, and Education from Alderson-Broaddus College (now Alderson Broaddus University), where he studied with Dr. Timothy DeWitt (former member of the West Virginia Symphony). His primary teachers include Jeff Dee, Murray Crewe, Dr. Timothy DeWitt, and Dr. Brian Plitnik.
Beyond the bass trombone, he enjoys fishing and other outdoor activities, woodworking, and competitive arm wrestling.