Max Crofton

2019 Round Top Music Festival

Max Crofton
Bloomington, IN
Indiana University
Max Crofton is a native of Murray, KY, and is very active in both the performing and teaching profession. Having completed his undergraduate degree in Music Education (Summa Cum Laude) at Murray State University, he enjoys all aspects of teaching and performing music. Max will graduate with his Master’s Degree in tuba performance from Indiana University in May of 2019, and will begin his Doctorate in the Fall of 2019. His main teachers include Ray Conklin and Dan Perantoni.
As a performer, Max has won/competed in many competitions. As an undergraduate at MSU, Max won the 2016 Paducah (KY) Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, allowing him to solo with the Orchestra that same year. Max was also a semi-finalist in the 2016 ITEC Mock Band Competition. In 2017, Max was the principal tubist for the Kentucky Intercollegiate Band, and was also selected to perform in the National Intercollegiate Band that same year. Max was also a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014. In February of 2018, Max was invited to Washington D.C. to rehearse and perform with the U.S. Air Force Concert Band as a part of their Collegiate Symposium; Max was the only tuba player selected for this honor. More recently in the summer of 2018, Max spent his time performing as principal tuba for the Disneyland All-American College Band where he performed big band and street tunes for 11 weeks in Anaheim, California, while getting to perform with legendary jazz artists such as Jiggs Whigham, John Clayton, Wayne Bergeron, Gordon Goodwin, Sal Lozano, and others. Max is currently a substitute tuba for the Paducah (KY) Symphony Orchestra, Jackson (TN) Symphony Orchestra, Terre Haute (IN) Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus (IN) Symphony Orchestra.
As a teacher, Max has taught in many schools throughout Kentucky and Indiana. He believes teaching has an equal role in performing, and loves being involved in both. As of August of 2018, Max is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Lincoln Trail College in which he teaches all brass lessons, coaches chamber ensembles, and conducts the concert band. Max also holds a private low brass studio in the Bloomington, IN area where he teaches private lessons and sectionals to middle and high school students. Max is also the coordinator of the Tuba Christmas concert in Paducah, KY where he rehearses and conducts tuba and euphonium students of all ages in December of every year; this past year had the largest participation to date.
Upon graduation with a Doctorate, Max hopes to stay involved in all types of music with the hopes of landing a performing/teaching job in higher education.