Skills and Bones: The Search for Trombone Treasures
This is a show for middle school and high school trombone students and beyond. Helpful tips for young inspiring trombonist, band directors and professionals. There will be pedagogical tips, stories from other musicians, and a few interviews sprinkled in from trombone artists along the way.
The Ultimate Music Business Summit: An interview with Garrett Hope and Arthur Breur
This is an interview with Garrett Hope and Arthur Breur from The Ultimate Music Business Summit. We talk about their careers, what the summit has to offer for musicians from college aged to the peaking professional - while searching for a few trombone treasures.
The Versatile Trombonist: An Interview with Dave Perkel
Dr. Dave Perkel was the lead trombonist of the Navy Commodores Big Band for 15 years, principal trombone of the Annapolis Symphony and former member of the Richmond Symphony and Air Force Ceremonial Brass. On this episode of Skills and Bones we discuss the importance of being a versatile musician, especially in the 21st century. Music is a melting pot of styles and one can find all genres on one program. At a symphony orchestra concert there might be Mahler and Gershwin on the same program. To playing in the pit of a musical theatre where the trombone book will be symphonic to rock and jazz, all in the same production.
Imagination and Sound
On this episode I talk to band directors and beginning trombone players. There are two key concepts you need to think of when starting out and really the rest of your playing career. Imagine a great sound. Listen to the professionals and take inventory on how they sound. Next use the wind to produce that beautiful sound. It's all about the air!
Trombone and F3 Nation
In episode 4, I am on the search for a few trombone treasures in an interview with Justin Isenhour. Dr. Isenhour is trombone professor at Winthrop University in South Carolina. We discuss trombone tips, F3 Nation and how it has impacted our lives.
Skill and Bones: Five tips Paul Pollard gives for young trombonist.
On this episode of Skills and Bones, I interview Denson Paul Pollard, bass trombone of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and trombone professor at Indiana University. Paul and I discuss pathways in careers and also touch on what is similar in our own paths and those that are different. With all of the unknowns in the future, sometimes you have to trust the process. Some of those experiences that you may not think will do anything for you in the present or immediate future, you might find they come in handy later in life.
Perhaps the best thing from this interview are the 5 tips Dr. Pollard gives to young and inspiring trombonist. So, continue listening to the end.
Care and Maintenance
In this episode I interview Scott Sweeney with Sweeney Brass in Raleigh, NC. Scott is quite the craftsman when it comes to taking care of your brass instruments. A lot of times the instrument you bring to the shop will come out just as good, if not better, as when it was brand new. Listen for some great tips on how to better care for your trombone and some silly stories I tell of personally learning how to better care for my own instrument.
Mr. Sweeney also has patented modifications he offers to various brass instruments putting his own personal artistic stamp that looks absolutely beautiful.