Randall Hawes has been bass trombonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 1985. He was born in St. Joseph, MI, raised in Battle Creek,MI, and received a Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University. Prior to joining the DSO, he was a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony, the Woody Herman Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra. He has also performed with the Saginaw, Midland, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Chicago orchestras.
In 1995, Hawes was invited by Sir Georg Solti to Musicians du Monde Orchestra in Geneva, Switzerland to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. He joined Maestro Valery Gergiev and the World Orchestra for Peace for a world tour in August 2005. He is a lecturer at Northwestern University, enjoys chamber music, and collaborates whenever possible with Music of the Baroque, Chicago Musicians, and Summit Brass.
Hawes collaborated with Ann Arbor pianist Kathryn Goodson for his CD “Melodrama,” which features Russian music for bass trombone and piano and was recorded in Orchestra Hall, the home of the DSO. He is also a member of CutTime Players, an octet comprised of DSO musicians.