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Paul Mergen joined the music faculty at Indiana State University in January 2017 where he is also a member of the faculty brass quintet. Prior to teaching at ISU Paul was a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band tuba section from 2004 to 2015. Paul received bachelor of music in music history from the University of Michigan and a masters of music in tuba performance from Rutgers University. He studied with Fritz Kaenzig and Scott Mendoker respectively.
Paul has had the opportunity to substitute in orchestras around the country to include the Seattle Symphony, Washington National Opera, Baltimore Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, Harrisburg Symphony, Lafayette Symphony, and Muncie Symphony. He served as acting principal tuba for the Lafayette symphony during the 2017–2018 season.
As a soloist Paul has enjoyed performances with several different ensembles. In 2017, along with his brother Michael, a trumpet player in the United States Marine Band, he gave the US premiere of Jim Stephenson’s Hanging by a Thread for trumpet, tuba, and wind ensemble. While a member of the Marine Band he was featured as a soloist on two summer concert series with the Marine Band. In 2016 he was the featured guest artist at the University of Montana Concert Band Festival where he performed with the university concert band and conducted masterclasses for festival attendees.
He maintains an active freelance career around Indiana and is a member of the Indiana National Guard 38th Infantry Division Band, where he continues his military service. He lives in Greencastle, IN with his wife, a professor at DePauw University, and twin daughters.
M.M. Rutgers University
B.M. University of Michigan