Instructor profile

Paul Worfel



What do you love about music?

The following quote that has been on my wall for over 30 years best expresses my love of music:

"Music is an inspiration. What gives me more joy is to try to leave to others what I have received from God. If God can give me a gift, music, what a joy to leave it to the young musicians." - Pablo Casals (1876-1973) Cellist & Conductor

Music is to be shared.

Who is your favorite artist?

Pablo Casals, Urbie Green, Andre Previn and many others in both classical and jazz.

What are your top 5 desert island albums?

How to make a boat from coconuts and sea shells! - Self Instructional Album
21 Trombones – Urbie Green and twenty of the World’s Greatest
J.S. Bach Complete Brandenburg Concertos – Conductor Pablo Casals
J.S. Bach Six Cello Suites – Pablo Casals
A Capella I & II - The Singers Unlimited


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Paul started teaching private trombone lessons a million years ago as a Junior in High School. During his high school career, he studied privately with Russ Brown of Western Michigan University. William Rivard acted as his instructor as he completed his Bachelor of Music Education at Central Michigan University. While earning his Masters in Performance and Literature at Eastman School of Music he studied with Donald Knaub. Throughout his career teaching and performing Worfel has had experience in small brass ensemble, band, orchestra, classical, and jazz. He has performed with such artists as Ben Vereen, Natale Cole, Danny Thomas, and Tony Bennett. His main focus in teaching is tone and musicality. As of 2021 Paul will be celebrating his 49thanniversary with his wife Kristie. He has two grown children: Becky who lives in Chicago with her husband and 4 grandchildren, Philip who lives in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife. His interests outside of music are reading, church, hiking, backpacking, skiing, paddling sports, woodworking, and spending time with his wife.