who attended Catholic University of America and Florida State University
and acquired Bachelor of Science degree in math and Masters and Doctoral
degrees in trombone. He also
plays bass trumpet and euphonium.
From 1968 to
1972, he played in the United States Navy Band and then became a member of
the New Orleans Philharmonic.
He remained with them until 1976, when he joined the National
Symphony Orchestra in Washington,
In the early ‘90s,
he appeared on Light’s
Glittering Morn: A Musical
recording that boasts his name in the credits is The American Brass Band Journal.
He has served
on the board of directors and faculty of MasterWorks
In March 2000,
he premiered the “Trombone Concerto” of Patrick Kavanaugh with the U.S. Army Orchestra in the nation’s capital.
He was one of
the artists involved in the NSO’s North
Dakota Residency in the spring of 2003 and made stops at North High School
in Fargo, South
School, Trinity Lutheran Church
in Bismarck, the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.
In May 2004,
he played bass trumpet in the NSO’s
performance of “The Ring Without Words”, with music of Richard
Wagner arranged by Maestro Lorin Maazel.
He left the
NSO in 2005 and became the Assistant Dean of the School
of Music at Grace College
in Winona Lake, Indiana. He has
also taught as American University, Catholic University of America, Howard University,
and the University of Maryland at College
His students have included Steve Kellner, Zenas Kim, David Sciannella,
Jeremy Smith, Steve Suter, and Ryan Webber.
Kraft is a life member of the International Trombone Association.
Paul Hill Chorale recordings
O Come All Ye Faithful (Frederick
Oakeley/John Francis Wade)
Arranger – Jackson Berkey
Conductor – Paul Hill
Organist – Sondra Proctor
Capital Brass and Percussion Ensemble