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Ethan Hacker



What do you love about music?
I love that music brings joy to people. It can make you feel countless emotions, and everyone loves music!

Who is your favorite artist?
My favorite artists currently is Kanye West/Michael Jackson but my favorite band of all time is Rush, followed closely by Queen.

What are your top 5 desert island albums?
Live at Butler University – Stan Kenton and His Orchestra
Journey Into Capricorn – Stan Kenton
Moving Pictures – Rush
My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West
Thriller – Michael Jackson

Do you play in a band or currently perform?
I currently perform in the Purdue University Fort Wayne Symphonic Wind Ensemble, PFW Jazz Ensemble, and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps



Award-winning, Fort Wayne-native trombonist Ethan Hacker is finishing his music education degree from Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW) with a primary instrument of trombone, as well as playing baritone/euphonium. Ethan performs in woodwind ensembles, winning multiple Best Trombone Section state jazz ensemble awards and jazz festival soloist awards. Ethan has performed with artists including Omar Thomas, Jim Wider, Bijon Watson, and Butch Miles, and he has studied trombone with Fort Wayne Philharmonic bass trombonist Andrew Hicks. Currently the assistant director of bands at Columbia City High School, Ethan has worked with many area middle and high schools. Ethan performs in the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (Madison, WI) and was a featured soloist in their 2021 production. Ethan loves all types of music and specializes in classical trombone and jazz. Bring a shine to your playing with Ethan at Sweetwater Academy.