Xander Navarro is a neo-romantic composer mostly known for his pieces "Unreturned Salute" and "The Bad Idea March", the latter of which placed second in the 2017 Christopher Bill Composition Competition. Most recently, his "Nightfall Tower Music" had its world premiere as the opening fanfare for the 2021 International Trombone Summit. In July 2022, the "Pershing's Own" U.S. Army Band trombone quartet will be performing his "Unreturned Salute" at the International Trombone Festival.
Xander is a three-year member of the Marine Corps All-Star Jazz Band; his jazz experience has a large influence on his compositions and arrangements.
He has studied composition with Dr. Judy Bozone, John Wasson, Carl Lundgren, and Sabrina Scotti. He has also studied trombone with Chris Oliver, Jimmy Clark, Dr. Cory Mixdorf, Dr. Bill Haugeberg, Dr. Bruce Faske, and Joshua Blankenship, and jazz studies with Claudia Burson, Dr. Rick Salonen, Carl Lundgren, Joakim Toftgaard, and Dr. Chris Beaty.
Xander currently studies music education at Texas A&M University (Commerce) where he leads his personal brass choir, Nightfall Brass.
(CV updated April 14, 2022)