New Orleans Jazz Artist / Freelance Trombonist
"The horn feels good in my hands and sounds rich and soulful. In addition to playing great, it looks beautiful. What a wonderful instrument."
Small Bore - S2R 8"-T08
Tenor - 2RVET7-TruBore-T47N
Bass- B I 2RGLW / B62-78N dependent TruBores
Assistant Professor of Trombone-Oberlin Conservatory
“This horn provides the ease and comfort I expect in an instrument I play daily. The consistency of sound through all registers with the ability to easily project is very attractive to me. Lastly, articulation is important to me, and with this horn I feel like I can always find clear and centered attacks."
Tenor Model: TBSCA
NYC Freelance Latin Commercial Trombonist
Small Bore - Michael Davis Model
Small Bore - S1YLW 7.75-T00NLW
NYC Jazz Trombonist
Small Bore - S1YM T7-T08
Hartt School, Associate Professor of Trombone
Manhattan School of Music, Trombone Faculty
Tenor: 2YLW T8 / Axial / TG / TW47G
"Shire's craftsmanship translates into a slick, modern, and elegant instrument. In any language, that's unparalleled quality."
Professor of Trombone, The Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver / Artist/Teacher, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Yale University
Tenor - 2R - Axial - TB47 2SHN
Bass - BIY - Dual Axial - B62YC
Bass Trombone, Philadelphia Orchestra
"I love playing my new Shires Bollinger Model trombone. It's got just the right balance of power and response. It's the most satisfying trombone I've ever played."
Blair Bollinger Signature Model
Composer / Conductor / Trombonist / Educator
"The Shires trombone has always, from the very first moment, given me great satisfaction in all types of playing, whether it be orchestra, chamber music or solos, and still does. It is a wonderful instrument."
Tenor - 2RVET7 - Rotor - TW47G
Trombonist / Teacher / Clinician
"I have been a huge fan of Steve Shires through the years. It is an honor and pleasure to be playing the S.E. Shires Q Series Model Q30GA. I particularly enjoy the resonance of the horn and the axial-flow valve allows for a very natural flow of air in changing registers. The Q-Series horns are an excellent alternative to the custom horns, offering a very reasonable price for the value offered."
Principal Trombone, Rochester Philharmonic
Alto-A7GLW-A85 hand slide
Tenor- 7GLW-TW47-TY-Tru bore Valve
NYC Freelance Low Brass Player / Instructor
"Easier, faster, higher, lower—just flat out better than the best horn I had previously ever been able to find."
Small Bore - S1YM 7.75 - T00
Small Bore - S2GM 8 - T08
Tenor - 2RVE 8" - Trubore - T25
Bass - BI 1Y - Trubore - B62
Co-Principal Trombone, Pittsburgh Symphony
Artist Lecturer in Trombone, Carnegie Mellon Institute
"I have been playing Shires trombones for 30 years ever since I purchased Steve's very first horn. Steve has the vision and ear of an artist which are essential in creating such fine instruments. Short of playing themselves, Shires play easily, with focus top to bottom, but most importantly the sound is warm and flexible. I only regret waiting too long to purchase my Shires alto trombone. Both of my solo CDs are recorded on Shires alto and tenor horns."
Trombonist (bass/tenor) with Novus and Alarm Will Sound / Professor of Trombone, Dickinson and Messiah Colleges
"Each of my Shires trombones allows me the flexibility to produce timbres that blend with a trombone just as well as a flute or violin. Shires trombones are the backbone of my work."
Small Bore - S7YLW 7.75, T00LW slide
Tenor - 2YM bell, gold brass tuning slide, axial flow
Bass - BI 7YM, gold brass tuning slide, trubore valves, daual bore slide
Bern Symphony Orchestra, Bass Trombonist / Budapest Festival Orchestra, Bass Trombonist / Geneva Conseratory-Switzerland, Professor of Bass Trombone
"Shires makes by far the most versatile and reliable bass trombone I have played. It is an absolute joy to play!"
Shires Model - B II 1Y Bell, Single Bore slide (B 62), B Gold Brass Tuning Slide, 2 Leadpipe, Axial Flow Valves
St. Louis Commercial / Classical Freelancer
Professor of Trombone, Frost School of Music & University of Miami
"I had been looking for a long time for a trombone that helped me find a clear, rich, and warm sound; flexible and not overly cumbersome. I have happily found this is my Shires trombone!"
Tenor - 7YLWTY - DB TW47
International Jazz Soloist / Educator
"...this trombone is without question, the finest instrument I have ever played."
MD + Model
Associate Professor of Music at Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.), Principal Trombone of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony
Tenor: 2YM bell / Trubore
Playing a Shires allows me to achieve my most vibrant, responsive, colorful sound with a consistency of tone, articulation, and intonation that is unparalleled.
Principal Trombone, Hartford Symphony / Principal Trombone, Springfield Symphony
Tenor - TII 7YMT7-Axial-TW47GLW LP-3, Vintage Elkhart Nickel
Alto - Alto Trombone with Bb Valve
Rhode Island Philharmonic / Orchestra of Indian Hill
Large-Bore Tenor - S.E. Shires Chicago Model
Solotrombone, Bergen Fislharmoniske Orkester
7YGM - Axial - Tru-bore - TB47
Trombone Professor, Arizona State University
"I have been relying on my Shires tenor trombone for both solo and orchestral work since the late 1990's. I played through all the material of my books (Lip Slurs, Trombone Craft, Lip Slur Melodies, etc) on my Shires as I was writing them. In a way, that wonderful instrument contributed to my creative process all along."
Tenor: Shires Tru-Bore with a 2YLW T8 Bell
Instrumental Director and Leader, Foundry Big Band
Band Director at Castle High School, Newburgh, Indiana
"After playing and owning all the different trombones in my lifetime, I have truly found my horn. Michael Davis told me that once I played this horn, I would never go back. Wow was he correct!"
Bass Trombone, San Francisco
BII 7GM, In-line Tru-bore, B62 / 78
Air Force Band, San Antonio
"I've played Shires Trombones since 2000 and they have always met the demands of my job and freelancing career. These instruments are a true joy to play!"
Bass - BI 1YHW - Axial - B62.78L
Tenor - 1G - Axial - TB47.62L
Principal Trombone, Alabama Symphony
"The Shires Alto and Tenor Trombones have raised the bar! The expressive qualities, tonal spectrum, and ease of playing has enabled a new level of music making."
Alto - A7GLW, Rotor, A85/95N
Tenor - 5GLW - Tru-bore - TW47
Associate Professor-University of Mississippi
"My Shires trombones enable me to reproduce the sound in my head with less effort than any other instruments I've played."
Alto: A7GLW, A85/95N
Small Bore: Michael Davis+
Tenor: 7GLW, TXS, Rotor Valve, TW47
Bass: B1 7RGM, BYC, Axial Valve, B62
Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music
"I have played on Shires Trombones since 1996 and have found that with and through his instruments I can best create the sound that’s in my head."
Tenor - 7Y - Tru-bore - TW47
NYC Jazz Trombonist
Small Bore: S1RGLW8 / T08NLW
“My Shires is hands down the most responsive trombone that I have ever played. The way it is able to retain its full tone throughout the most extreme registers and dynamics is unprecedented.”
Associate Principal Trombone, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Trombone Faculty, University of Toronto
Tenor - 7YM - Axial- TB47
University of Redlands
1Y bell, dual bore rotor, T47 slide
“The Shires trombone is the ideal horn for me to make the sound in my mind a reality in any setting.”
Mariinsky Theater Brass Ensemble
Tenor - 7YGLW - Tru-bore - B62NLW
Bern Symphony Orchestra, Bass Trombone / Formerly Zurich Opera, Bass Trombone
Bass - BII 2YM, Axial Flow Valves, B62 Single Bore Slide
"My Shires trombone sounds the best in the places where I work with the orchestra, whether it be the pit for opera, or onstage for a symphony concert, it just has the right sound that works with the other instruments.”
Bass Trombonist-SVK Band, Houston Freelancer
Bass - BI 7YLW - Dependent Tru-bore with Nickel Tuning Slide - B62/78 with Brass 2.5 Leadpipe
"The quality and craftsmanship of my horn is unparalleled. I have searched for a setup that is versatile in all genres and this horn fits the bill. Every note in every register is responsive and vibrant at any dynamic level. This horn is a real treat to play!!"
Trombone Soloist and Educator, Yale University
Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra
Model: 5GVNY / TB47YC handslide
Professor of Music, Tennessee Tech University
Alto - A7YLW-Rotor-A85/95N
Tenor - 5GMT8 - Tru-bore - TW47
Bass-BII 7GM - Tru-bore - B62
Bass Trombone, Atlanta Symphony
Bass - BII 7YM Bell - In-line Axial Flow Valves - B62-78 Slide - BGB Tuning Slide - B2L Leadpipe
Freelance Trombonist and Educator, Chicago, Illinois
Tenor - 2RVE - Tru-bore - TW47
Principal Trombonist, Spokane Symphony Orchestra
Trombonist, The United States Navy Band, Washington, D.C.
Tenor: Chicago Model (TBCH)
"Shires trombones combine beauty of sound, evenness of tone, and ease of playability that is unmatched. Shires perform wonderfully in any musical setting and are a joy to play."
Triton Brass Quintet / International Freelance Musician
Alto - A7YLW - Rotor - A85/95N
Tenor - 7YLW - Tru-bore - TW47
Bass - BII 7YLW
Associate Professor, Georgia College and State University
2YM, Axial Flow, T25-47 Dual Bore, MT2
Assistant Principal Trombone, The Cleveland Orchestra
Assistant Professor of Trombone and Euphonium, East Carolina University
Tenor Trombone: TBCH with dual-bore valve
"My Shires gives me the ability to be at home in any genre with its unparalleled consistency and evenness of sound through the registers. Whether playing in an orchestra, chamber music, or in a solo setting, my horn creates as many tonal colors as I can imagine."
Assistant Professor of Applied Trombone / Director of Jazz Studies - Southeast Missouri State University.
Alto - A1YM - A85/95N
Small Bore - TBMD Michael Davis Model
Tenor - 7GM - Tru-bore -Seamed TS - TW47
"By far, Shires Trombones are the best trombones I have ever played! Regardless, if I am playing Classical, Jazz, Commercial, or Funk, the consistency and versatility of these instruments is incomparable."
Principal Trombone, Oregon Symphony
Tenor: 7YLW / T47
Alto: A8YLW bell / A85-95N
"Having played and heard many other makers of trombones, I've found that no other horns are as colorful and versatile as S. E. Shires'. I feel that Shires trombones can be made to do everything that the orchestral and solo repertoire demands without compromise. I believe that in today's orchestral world flexibility and control are more important than ever, and I feel that Shires horns are best at providing a sense of those two things." -Casey Jones
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Bass Trombone
"Shires can create a variety of colors of sound compared to other instruments, it is the best instrument."
Model: Bollinger with Tru-Bore Valves
Bass Trombone, Novus Trombone Ensemble
Sub-Principal Trombone, Philharmonia Zurich
"I really like to play this trombone, because it has such a huge and colorful sound throughout all registers."
Bass Trombone, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Vermont Symphony/Educator, Boston University
Bass - BII 7GM - Tru-bore - BYC - B62
Principal Trombone, San Francisco Symphony (Ret.) / Chairman of Brass, The Colburn School / Professor of Trombone, Music Academy of the West
Tenor - 5YVNY - STD Rotor - TW47L
Second Trombone, Memphis Symphony
"This instrument is unparalleled in ease of communicating what is in my head in terms of sound concept, articulation, and musical gesture. Beautifully responsive and colorfully resonate."
7YLW, TYS, Axial flow valve, TW47LW
Principal Trombone, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra
Tenor - Chicago Model Bell: T2 5GM Slide: Light weight 562 slide
Bass Trombone Axial Flow Bell: B2 1G Slide: 562-578
Alto: A7YLW Slide: A85 / 96N
Professor of Trombone, Boston University
7YLW Bell / T47 / TruBore / TYS / 2SS
“The Shires for me, is the best trombone. The sound is amazing, having enough core that blends evenly into a resonance and presence like no other!”
Mark L. Lusk
Professor of Trombone, Penn State University
"I have always believed in trying to set the best example possible for my students on the instrument they are playing, whether it be their large or small bore tenor, or their bass. The quality and consistency of the Shires Trombones makes this more possible than ever before."
Assistant Professor of Trombone- University of North Carolina at Charlotte
“I knew instantly that this horn was different than anything I have ever tried before. Immediate response, resonant tone, and ease in all registers with great balance. This instrument is perfect for all my performing needs.”
Tenor - TII7YLWA5 Screwbell, Axial, TW47G
Bass - TBQ36
Professor of Trombone, The University of Southern Mississippi
"I have been playing my S.E. Shires trombone since 1999. It has been my companion throughout my college years and into my professional life-and it is still as easy and fun to play now as it was nearly 20 years ago! Evenness of sound and a plethora of colors at my disposal continue to make this horn my primary vehicle for musical expression."
Tenor: 1G / Axial Flow / TB47 / TY
Trombonist, U.S. Coast Guard Band
Tenor : 1GMT7 - Tru-bore - TW47G
Trombonist, The United States Air Force Band, Washington, DC
"I love playing my Shires trombone. The quality of its design and craftsmanship allows me to focus on the music. Kudos to the whole S.E. Shires team for producing such a wonderful instrument."
Tenor: 7YGLW bell, rotor valve, TYS tuning slide, T47 slide
Bass Trombone-Chicago Lyric Opera
Bass Trombone-Grant Park Music Festival
Professor of Trombone, George Mason University Bass Trombone, US Navy Band Commodores
Bass Trombone: 1Y / BII 1G / Bass Axial / B62-78
Bass Trombone: BII 1G / Bass TruBore / B62-78
”I have been performing on Shires Bass Trombones for 20+ years. I can be as versatile in my playing as I need to be. Whether I’m playing in a big band, an orchestra, or on a recital stage - I can play with confidence, knowing my Shires projects the very best of me.”
Associate Professor of Trombone - Central Washington University
Principal Trombone - Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Oregon East Symphony
Trombone Instructor - Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
Tenor: Model TBSCA
"I have never loved a trombone in quite the same way that I love this instrument. I have found astounding ease in both production of sound and response of articulation, which has allowed me the artistic freedom to get to the business of making music. From heavy orchestra programs and concerti performances, to solo recital programs . . . from chamber orchestra concerts to brass quintet tours, this instrument simply responds effortlessly to the demands of the jobs I am regularly asked to do."
Trombone, Pittsburgh Symphony
“When I first tried Shires trombones, I was looking for warmth, color, resonance and ease of play as well as power and projection. I found this in a Shires trombone and decades later continue to be happy with its seemingly limitless spectrum of possibilities in all walks of music.”
Alto - A7YLW - A85/95
Tenor - TII 7YM A5 - Axial Flow- TB47L
Tenor - 7YLW 8" - T25NLW
Bass - BII 7YM - Axial Flow - B62L
Professor of Trombone, Columbus State University
"I find the ease of tone production, resonance and purity of sound to be ideal. The instrument is great for me in solo settings, in the orchestra, the faculty brass quintet and all of my other performing outlets."
Tenor - 7YLW - Rotor - TW47
Principal Trombone, Principal Trombone Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Tenor - 7YLW - TW47 - Rotary Valve - TG Tuning Slide
"Power, easier and fast response. The best option for my work. When I play my Shires Tenor Trombone, I feel like the sound is projecting all around the hall. It is great."
Bass Trombone, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra.
Model: Bass - BII 7YA5, B62-78YC, B2.5 Leadpipe, Light-Weight Axial-flow Valves,
Bass Trombone Suzhou Symphony Orchestra
BII 1G, Bass Axial Flow Valves, B62.78 slide, BYB tuning
Trombone Teacher, Merit School of Music, Chicago, IL
"I love Shires because when one of my students goes to try out a custom Shires, they are able to try out many different options with specific and consistent results that will allow them to find their new sound. Plus, everyone at the company has been awesome to work with!"
Principal Trombone, Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra
Tenor - 7GM - Tru-bore - T47L
Alto - A7YW - A85
Principal Trombonist, Milan Verdi Symphonic Orchestra
Principal Trombone, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
7GYM Bell, TW47, Axial Flow Valve, TG
"When I first played a Shires trombone, it felt like striking gold. Years later, I still love my horn. The consistency of sound is balanced very nicely with ease of color-change. Whatever I want to do, the horn works with me, rather than against me."
Tenor - 7YGM - Gooseneck - TW47LW
"The flexibility and energy of Steve's designs have challenged & encouraged me towards a more expansive approach towards brass playing and sound generation as a whole. A very deep and formidable range of instruments."
Instructor of Trombone, University of Connecticut (UConn) Trombone Faculty, The Hartt School Community Division
TW47 Slide, X Tuning Crook, Trubore Valve, 7G Bell
“Whether I’m playing a show tune or a Mahler Symphony, my Shires trombone gives me the versatility to play with a variety of colors, appropriate for any style or situation.”
Title - Assistant Professor of Trombone and Euphonium, Texas Lutheran University
Model: 1G / TB 47YC / Axial Valve
The quality and craftsmanship that goes into a Shires trombone is unparalleled. I love how effortless it is for me to get the exact sound that I want in any register and at any volume. It truly is a wonderful instrument, and I never leave home without it!
Artist Teacher of Trombone, University of Utah School of Music
"This trombone does everything I ask it to do. The sound is always lively, vibrant and exciting and the color opens up to the widest range of musical possibilities."
Bass Trombone - BI 1G, Rotary Valve, BYC, B62/78
Straight Tenor - 7YLW 7.75 , SY1.5, T00NLW
Gachon University in South Korea, Professor
"The Shires Trombone is a profound and warm instrument that can fit in everwhere such as ensembles, solos, and orchestras with its charming and lovely sound."
Model: Tru-Bore Valve, 7Ym-bell, TB47-Slide.
Assistant Professor, West Texas A&M University / Principal Trombone, Amarillo Symphony Orchestra
"These instruments are so flexible that they seem to disappear in my hands. Whatever sound I want to create just appears in the room."
Alto - A7YLW - A85/95
Tenor - 7GYMT7 - Axial - TW47GYC
Trombone, The Specials / Lead Trombone, The Heritage Orchestra
"Simply, and by far and away, the best Trombones on the planet. Nothing else even comes close. Beautiful sound, impeccable workmanship, completely brilliant."
Medium Tenor - 1GMT7 - Gooseneck - TW25NLW
Tenor - 1GM - Axial Flow - TB47NLW
Tenor - 2RVE - Axial Flow - T47
Bass - BI 7YM, Axial Flow - B62/78
Trombone, Rickey Minor & The Tonight Show Band
2nd Trombone, Buffalo Philharmonic
"My Shires trombones are a real joy to play, and are masterpieces in sound and craftsmanship."
Tenor - TII 5YLW - Axial - TW47 Chicago Bell - Axial - TB47
Bass - BII 7YLW - Tru-bore - B62
Principal Trombone-Albany Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic
Second Trombone-Portland Symphony
Associate Professor of Trombone-University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Tenor - TII 7GTS8 - Axial - TB47GL
Adjunct Professor of Trombone, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Shires trombones are by far the most responsive and versatile trombones I have ever played. Immediate response and evenness of sound in all registers provide me with a first-class vehicle for musical expression. Whether performing in an orchestra, chamber ensemble, or big band, I have confidence that my Shires will play with ease in any setting.
Bass Trombone, Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich
Principal Trombone, Detroit Symphony
7YLW A4 Bell / TW47 / Tru-bore Valve
2RVE 8 Bell TW25 Slide
"S.E. Shires trombones are among the finest horns made in the world. Whatever your performance needs are S.E. Shires has an instrument that will help you accomplish your goals. The outstanding quality of the instruments and the great personal service by the staff of S.E. Shires make purchasing a horn a rewarding experience."
Euphonium and Trombone Soloist
Tenor - 7Y - Axial - TW47
"I have been on the search for almost 15 years for a trombone that has a fast response, big but focused sound and consistent timbre throughout the instrument. Well, my Shires is it! I feel completely in control in all registers and dynamic levels. I've never made a better sound on any trombone! "
Associate Professor of Trombone, University of Delaware
Principal Trombone, Johnstown Symphony
2nd Trombone. Lancaster Symphony
Ralph Sauer bell / TB47-62 / TY / Axial Valve
"I've been playing Shires trombones since 2002 and I love the richness of sound and centered intonation that elevate my performance. The continued innovations in design and options have allowed me to change equipment to adapt with my performance needs and preferences. Simply the best instruments I've ever played."
Bass Trombone, Memphis Symphony
Bass-BI Sterling Leadpipe. Tru-bore BII 7GM-TruBore-B62/78NYC
Assistant Professor of Trombone, Ball State University
Principal Trombone Muncie Symphony Orchestra
TBCH-Chicago Model with Dual Bore Valve
"The Shires Chicago Model is the trombone I have been searching for for quite some time. It allows me to play ensemble, chamber, and solo settings with a great variety of color, consistency of intonation, and ease of use. I could not be more happy with my Shires considering all the variety of settings in which I perform."
Bass Trombone, The Florida Orchestra
Bass - BII 5YMT8 - Axial - B62/78
Bass - BI 2RLWT7 - Rotor - B62
Professor of Trombone, Southwestern University
Tenor - TII 7YM A5T8 DF / TYS / Axial / TB47YC
Alto - A7YLW
“I’ve exclusively played Shires trombones since 2002. The broad number of available options allowed me to dial in the exact perfect horn. Response, evenness of timbre, and beauty of tone are second to none!”
Principal/Solo Trombone, Greenville Symphony / Anderson University
Tenor - 7YLW - Tru-bore - TW47
Educator & Clinician
Principal Trombone, Capital Wind Symphony
Principal Trombone, U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own"
Alto - A2YRM - A85/95N
Tenor - 7Y - Tru-bore - TB47L
Bass - BI 1Y, Axial Flow, B62
Senior Airman, USAF Band of Mid-America
Tenor: Model TBSCA Shires Custom
Bass: Model TBGC George Curran
“What I love about Shires trombones is the ease of play and consistency of sound. I can pick up the instrument and know that I will have a great day performing because of how effortlessly the mechanisms work. It has allowed me to only focus on the music at hand, rather than the physicality of playing.”
Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Bass Trombone
BII 2GM / BYC / B62-78
Trombone, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Tenor - 7YLW bell - Axial Flow Valve - TB47 Slide - TYS Tuning Slide - 2SS Leadpipe
Assistant Principal Trombone, New Japan philharmonic Orchestra
Colin Williams/Rotor with gold brass section/TW47
Solo Trombonist, Philharmonia Zurich
S.E, Shires Tenor Trombone with Lightweight Axial Flow Valve Bell: 7YLW Slide: TW47 Tuning Slide: TYS Mouthpipe: 1
S.E. Shires Small Bore Tenor Trombone Bell: S7YM 7.5 Slide: T00 Tuning Slide: SY1.0