Byron Pillow (b. 1991) was born and raised on the Texas Gulf Coast. Coming from a pseudo-musical family, he picked up the trombone in sixth grade and taught himself piano around the same time. Musical pursuits carried him into an undergraduate education at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. During the summer of 2014 he left to Vermillion, South Dakota to complete an internship at the National Music Museum (NMM) studying the trombone production of the Frank Holton Company. Byron graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, cum laude, with Honors, and a minor in biology. His Honors Thesis—based on his work as an intern at the NMM—was titled Sliding Through History: The Trombones of Frank Holton & Co. Since then, he has carved out a niche using his musical interest to traverse the realm of cultural preservation and museum work.
Inspired by his introduction to organology and museology at the NMM, Byron returned to USD for his master's degree in the History of Musical Instruments. He has since published and presented on the trombone, the Holton Company, and unrelated matters such as historical keyboard temperaments, music cognition, harpsichord tuning, and decorative arts. In 2016 he was selected as a Library of Congress Junior Fellow in the Music Division's Leonard Bernstein Collection, one of the Library's largest at almost 400,000 items. He obtained his Master of Music from USD with Specialization in the History of Musical Instruments in 2017. Since September of 2017, Byron has been in residence as a Research Fellow with The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island, documenting and exploring the presence and implications of musical ephemera in their Gilded-age collections. Aside from organological inquiry, Byron has a passion in the world of photography and digital media, especially the realms of cultural-heritage digitization and digital curation
When not busy trundling through the museum world, he enjoys fishing, hiking, camping, cooking, eating, and just about anything dealing with music, photography, or the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.