Rai Morales joined the faculty at WTAMU in 2008. He received his bachelor of music degrees in music education and trombone performance from Texas A&M University-Kingsville as well as his master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in trombone performance from the University of Texas at Austin. His primary trombone teachers include Ralph Morales, Hector Navarro, Victor Gunnoe, Dr. Paul Hageman, and Dr. Nathaniel Brickens.
Teaching and Related Service
Dr. Morales teaches applied trombone courses and is the associate director of the Buffalo Marching Band at WTAMU. Prior to his appointment at WTAMU, he taught applied trombone at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and was a middle school band director with the Austin Independent School District.
As a classical musician, Dr. Morales has won or placed in several prestigious solo trombone competitions including the International Trombone Association Frank Smith Competition, The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Eastern Trombone Workshop, The Kingsville Young Performers Competition, and The Big XII Solo Trombone Competition.
Dr. Morales is an advocate for the trombone and is an active member of the International Trombone Association.
Dr. Morales lives in Amarillo with his wife Rosie, son Rai, and two dogs, Dixie and Zorro. During his spare time he enjoys watching movies, traveling, and spending time with family.