Samuel Compton, French horn

Samuel Compton joins the Rhodes College music faculty in the fall of 2013. He is the Principal Horn of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Prior to working with the Memphis Symphony he was the Assistant/Associate Principal Horn of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Samuel studied at Tennessee Technological University and later at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Samuel is a former member of the United States Air Force Concert Band in Washington, D.C., and has performed with many orchestras throughout the United States and elsewhere, such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Baltimore Opera, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia and the Washington Chamber Symphony. Samuel resides in Germantown with his wife Jenny and his two sons, Zephyr and Tasman. 


J. Michael McKenzie, trumpet

[B.M.E., The University of Memphis; M.M., The University of Memphis]
Mike McKenzie joined the Rhodes College music faculty in 2013. Since 1995 he has performed with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra trumpet section, and also been featured as a jazz soloist. He teaches instrumental and elementary music for Tipton County Schools, organizing and directing student groups, and also composing original music for other teachers to help them integrate the arts into the core curriculum as a means to improve student achievement.




Mark Vail, trombone and tuba

[B.M., North Texas State University]
Mark Vail has been the Principal Bass Trombonist with the Memphis Symphony since 1986. He is an adjunct faculty member at both Rhodes College and at the University of Memphis. He is one of the founding members on staff at the Germantown Baptist Church Conservatory of Music. Mark also serves as the low brass instructor with the “Artist in Residence” program of the Memphis City School system. He is a member of the International Trombone Association.