Tyler Simms

Dr. Tyler Simms

Adjunct Instructor





  • University of Kentucky, BME
  • Eastman School of Music at University of Rochester, MM – Trombone
  • College Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati, DMA – Trombone

Areas of Instruction

  • Applied Trombone

Dr. Tyler Simms is the Director of Bands at Henderson County High School and Adjunct Professor of Trombone at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Prior to these appointments, Simms maintained an extensive private teaching practice in Cincinnati, OH serving both public school age and adult students. Simms is currently the Director of Bands at Henderson County High School in Henderson, KY, and instructs the Jazz Ensemble, three concert bands, piano, and the marching band. He recently joined the River Brass Band in Newburgh, IN as the principal trombonist and maintains a private studio in the southern Indiana area. Simms holds a Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education from the University of Kentucky (2015), a Master of Trombone and Literature and a Certificate in College Music Teaching from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music (2017), and the Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (2021). His principal teachers include Peter Norton, Timothy Anderson, Larry Zalkind, Bradley Kerns, and Dale Warren. Simms has made guest and regular appearances with ensembles and festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and as a featured guest artist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Tyler can be heard as a soloist on the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s album Images: Music of Jeff Tyzik. In addition, he can be heard with Philip Chase Hawkins as a soloist on Great Southern Land. He released an album of art song transcriptions in 2015 entitled Songs Without Words, available on Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon.