Adam Borden

adamInstruments Taught: Trumpet (beginning through advanced), Saxophone/Clarinet/Trombone (beginning & intermediate), Piano (beginning & intermediate), Group Classes.
Hometown: Concord, CA
Years playing: 18
Teaching Since: 2010
Musical Influences: Tower of Power, Clifford Brown, Roy Hargrove, Earth Wind and Fire, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson.
Education: BA, University of California Berkeley
Musical Projects: West Grand Boulevard, Lost Dog Found, West Grand Brass Band
Key teaching concepts: Be musical! In all you do be musical. Whether it is a scale, technique exercise, or the 3rd chair part when you were hoping for lead, be musical. Think how can use this moment to become a better musician and create something pleasant to listen to?
Book/Methods Used: Advanced Lip Flexibility, Arban’s Method, Clark Studies
Teaching Days: Monday, Thursday

A recent graduate of University of California Berkeley, Adam returned to school to complete his degree while simultaneously maintaining a busy gigging & teaching schedule, in addition to assisting in managing Azeeta Designs, an online jewelry business. Prior to attending UC Berkeley, Adam studied music at Diablo Valley College under the instruction of Steve Sage – a local legend, renowned as both a guitarist & educator, known especially for helping young students become professional musicians.

Like all of the best teachers and musicians around (the kind we keep on board at Music Time), Adam shares his love of music by not only educating students, but also by performing on stage as often as possible with various local ensembles. He can currently be seen & heard playing trumpet with Lost Dog Found (Winners of: 2013 Press Democrat Reader Choice, 2014 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk “Best Local Band”, Live 105’s Battle of the Bands, &’s #1 indie Blues Band -6 months straight), West Grand Brass Band (performing FREE live concerts every Saturday at Lake Merritt in Oakland, 11am-1pm) and Soul/R&B band, West Grand Boulevard (


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