Craig Gosnell is a freelance bass trombonist and vocalist currently residing in the Los Angeles area. In 1997 and 1998 he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music with an emphasis in instrumental performance from the University of Northern Colorado. In 2003, he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami. He was born near Miami, Florida and attended public schools in Palm Springs North, FL. as well as Littleton and Lakewood, Colorado. He currently teaches trombone in the L.A. area, and doubles on other low brass instruments.
Gosnell has studied with Buddy Baker, Jack Robinson, Dante Luciani, Pat Blodgett, Anita Valdez, and Joy Cayler. He has been performing as an instrumentalist and vocalist since 1985. His performance experience includes concerts with numerous ensembles including but not limited to: Opera Pacific, the Bill Holman Big Band, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bob Florence Limited Edition Big Band, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, the Patrick Williams Big Band, and the Arturo Sandoval Big Band. His television credits include “The Academy Awards,” “The Primetime Emmy Awards,” “The SAG Awards,” ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” and “Revenge,” NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Revolution,” and “Grease: You’re the One that I Want,” FOX’s “The Simpsons,” Netflix’s “Luke Cage,” Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle,” STARZ’s “Black Sails,”and “The American Giving Awards.”
He has recorded on a number of motion picture soundtracks, some of which include Batman v Superman, The Secret Life of Pets, The Jungle Book, Suicide Squad, Big Hero 6, Oblivion, Jack Reacher, Pacific Rim, Finding Dory, Alice in Wonderland, Public Enemies, and Hairspray.
He has also performed and/or recorded with artists including Barry Manilow, Quincy Jones, Kevin Spacey, Celine Dion, John Williams, Ray Charles, Chicago, James Taylor, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Paul Anka, Andy Williams, Nancy Wilson, Randy Newman, Julio Iglesias, James Brown, Tom Jones, Tony Bennett, Burt Bacharach, Pat Boone, Dionne Warwick, Michael Bublé, Keely Smith, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Lionel Richie, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Queen Latifah, Debbie Allen, Mary J. Blige, Roberta Flack, James Ingram, Diane Schuur, Seal, Beyoncé, Lyle Lovett, Sergio Mendes, Kurt Elling, Patti Austin, Aaron Neville, Billy Crystal, Gwen Stefani, The Four Tops, Peabo Bryson, Jennifer Hudson, John Pizzarelli, Daft Punk, Jewel, Randy Brecker, Gunther Schuller, Steely Dan, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Clare Fischer, Vince Mendoza, Bob Brookmeyer, James Newton Howard, Lennie Niehaus, Jorge Calandrelli, Russell Watson, Annie Ross, Maria Schneider, Bob Mintzer, Sir James Galway, Billy Preston, Usher, Nelly Furtado, Josh Groban, Carrie Underwood, Joss Stone, Korn, Billy Ray Cyrus, Natasha Bedingfield, Jackie Evancho, Eliane Elias, and Christian McBride, among others.
In 2003, Gosnell was inducted into the national music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and has been a member of the International Trombone Association since 1993.