Trombone, Bass Trombone, Bass Trumpet, Euphonium, Diatonic & Chromatic Harmonicas
Clifford Childers is a freelance multi-instrumentalist who relocated to the Sacramento area after nearly two decades in Los Angeles.
Since moving to the Northern California, Childers has performed orchestrally with the Sacramento Philharmonic, Stockton Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Reno Philharmonic, Reno Chamber Orchestra, and the Monterey Symphony.
Jazz, funk, and pop collaborations include Nagual, The Nibblers, City of Trees Brass Band, Element Brass Band, Ice Age Jazztet, Groove Market, Furious Tone Quartet, Thin Air Orchestra, OrcheSperry, and Images, as well as Satoko Fujii, Vinny Golia, Dwight Trible, Phillip Greenlief, David Boyce, Karl Alfonso Evangelista, Ian Carey, Catherine Sikora, Uriah Duffy, and Tony Passarell.
Childers is an accomplished harmonica player, having played both diatonic and chromatic harmonicas on recording sessions, small group jazz groups, and pop music settings.
During his time in Los Angeles, Childers performed with Elton John, Brian Wilson, Linda Ronstadt, Leon Russell and Pink Martini. Childers is known for his big sound and open expressiveness, and has added his unique voice to artists ranging from jazz singer Diane Reeves to rapper Kanye West to conguero Francisco Aguabella. Childers was also an active studio and session musician in LA, having performed on a number of commercials and films, as well as making television appearances including “The Tonight Show” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”.
Childers is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s Music Performance program, and received his Master’s Degree in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. His teachers included Don Knaub, William Booth, Jeffery Reynolds ( ret. LA Phil), David Finlayson (NY Phil), Per Brevig (ret. Metropolitan Opera), and James DeSano (ret. Cleveland Orchestra).
Mr. Childers held the Principal Trombone position with the Santa Barbara Opera and the Bass Trombone position with the Santa Barbara Symphony. He has performed with many of southern California’s top orchestras, including the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Opera Pacific, Pasadena Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, and San Diego Symphony. He has also performed with many prominent conductors, including Kent Nagano, Cristoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, Marin Alsop and Lawrence Leighton-Smith.