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Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
7:35 pm
Wow! Long time no post!

So, I was browsing LiveJournal a few weeks ago and came across this community and was really really excited to find that there's a community of trombone players on lj and I joined it immediately!  And I was looking through some of the previous posts and decided to post, make an appearance and say a little about myself and my trombone, Rosie (I name my instruments, don't judge me)

My name is Molly, and I've been playing the trombone for 10 years; I started in 5th grade and am now a junior in college, studying and majoring in music! I also play the euphonium, trumpet/cornet, french horn, a little bit of piano and guitar (I'm really bad because I've been teaching myself) and I can do pretty well on a drumset (the ones I own all have names also...I know I'm a geek); I taught myself to play all these instruments with some experimentation and a few bad method books.  I did marching band all throughout high school and the past 2 years in college but I decided not to do it this year...I'm too busy and wasn't really enjoying it anymore.  I also did jazz band 4 years in high school, which was interesting.  I was hoping at some point to go out for and try drum corps, but I don't know if or how that's going to work out...it's so expensive!  Anyways, I have a Benge trombone (a good German horn) and I love it a lot; I've had it since my sophomore year of high school and have had very little trouble with it and I don't think I'd get rid of it ever.  I've been taking lessons since I got to college, because it's required of music majors, and did my first recital with a friend, who plays trumpet, last spring!  And now I've been home all summer from school, and didn't really do nearly as much playing and practicing as I needed to; so I just got back to school and have really been trying to practice a lot to get back in the groove of playing every day.  Woo.

So yeah, probably more information than anyone wanted or needed to know, but I've been known to ramble at times.  :)  I don't have any trombone related questions or anything at the moment, but I will be sure to stop by here if I do.
Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
2:38 pm
A Nice Little Story
Yeah, wow, this community is way more quiet than should be. Come on 'bones!

Hi, I'm Oz and I'm obnoxious. I've been playing trombone for about 12~ years. Did the usual marching band/concert band routine back in high school. Practice and diddled on my own for a long time and just recently joined an amazing band. We just got back from France which was amazing. Never did I think I'd ever travel with my trombone one anything more spiffy than a yellow school bus! 

Anywho. I recently posted in my personal LJ about a little experience I had last night at my band's brass sectional. (Pardon the occasional layman explanations, I was sharing this with a few people who sadly know nothing about trombone)

My bone got busted in France. A big huge ding in my slide, so I can't play anything out of first position (in other words, I can't move my slide). No big deal really, trombones are victim to this quite often, can't really help it when they are SO HUGE! (lol). So my 'bone is in the shop currently getting this sorted out. Unfortunately this would mean I was going to miss the next two rehearsals cause I didn't have my horn. Luckily my bandmates are very nice and a few of them have trombones as well as the instrument they play in the band. So J and K brought in their horns. K's was this cute little Getzen that he had since he was like 11! It was a nice straight tenor but with a bore smaller than that is on my horn. (Didn't think that was possible, considering my horn is teeny tiny) I knew I could make due at least for these rehearsals with that horn. But then J took out the trombone he brought. It was a very large bore with a F-trigger. Oh yeah, gimme that horn! I haven't been able to play with a trigger in years! So I took my mouthpiece out of K's horn and put in J's large King F-trigger horn. Oops! My mouthpiece was too small. "Hey, uh J! Do you have another mouthpiece?!" He sure did. Cleaned it up for me and handed it over. It was larger with a deeper cup than my favorite 6 1/2 AL. But man oh man! The sound that came out that horn was SO NICE! Deep and mellow sounding. My normal horn is very bright and tinny sounding, and hell of a lot lighter. Never the less, last night was a blast (no pun intended) and reminded me why I love playing trombone so much.
I will admit I haven't gotten much horn exploration under my belt so I do tend to get excited when I handle new and different horns. I played Yamaha's during the majority of my trombone life. I now have this not so pretty straight Bundy that.... is... to say the least, tolerable. Its pretty much a junker I picked up along the line through a series of unfortunate events. It does the job, but its sound.... I never realized was so ... icky when I picked up J's horn. And really, I never noticed the difference last night between closed and open wrapped triggers.

I suppose even after all these years, I still have lots to learn. And here's an action shot to top it all off. Nice to meet y'all, hope to see more postings around here!

Sunday, October 5th, 2008
5:17 pm
Awesome! Trombone players on LJ! :D
Hi everyone, this is like, my 2nd day on LiveJournal and I'm so glad there's a trombone community on LJ. I've played trombone since 5th grade and now I'm in 8th. (Yes, I'm still very young.) Even though I still have MUCH to learn, it's fun just playing the trombone since it's so different and unique from the rest of the wind instruments you usually see/hear. And everyday, I get better and better from practice and it excites me when I learn a new technique or tip everyday.

Right now I'm 1st chair at my school and let me tell you, anyone that plays trombone is so funny and awesome. Trombone players are one of the most friendly kind of people that can crack/take a joke and are usually great to be with and original. I'm proud to be a trombone player, and good to see others like this awesome instrument. :D
Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
7:40 pm
trombone tattoo
Since no one has posted in forever, I figure this is a harmless question. Totally random, but...

I was thinking about getting some kind of tattoo with a trombone and/or alto sax (I play both instruments). I was thinking of drawing my own design (I can draw pretty decently myself), but I wanted to see if I could find some kind of musical instrument tattoo art to inspire me. I'm having trouble searching for some though.

Anyone have experience with that? Know any kind of sites with drawings or tattoos of musical instruments?
Sunday, February 11th, 2007
12:09 am
hello everyone. i heard this piece called czardas by Monti Vittorio. & the one i heard is a full band / orchestra piece. all i have been able to find is solos for violin, or with accompaniment of piano. i was wondering if anyone had some tips on where i could find an arrangement for a trombone solo with the whole band? or if anyone knew where to find it that would be awesome!
thank you very much
Saturday, February 10th, 2007
5:25 pm
a bit from a response to superbowl halftime show
So, was Prince's performance the work of a "lustful, pansexual rock 'n' roll deviant," as Stephen Colbert claims? Eh, maybe. But Rolling Stone's Gavin Edwards makes a good point when he argues, "Those [marching band] trombones are phallic, too. What are you going to do?" Well, the answer is clear, Gavin. Obviously all trombones must be banned from now on...

haha i thought it was comical . . have a great weekend guys and happy valentines day!
Thursday, February 1st, 2007
10:24 am
overseas transportation
Hey, all,

First of all, I'm new to the community... I figured people here would have an answer for my question!!

I'm studying abroad in Germany this semester... I'm leaving February 19 and staying until August 1. What's the best way to bring my trombone? I asked this in americansabroad, and there were varying answers. A number of people said I could probably bring it on the plane with me and have the flight attendants keep it in their closet. I'm flying with Brittish Airways, if that helps.

Also, I have two trombones I could bring.... the main one I have (and love) is a Conn 88H with an F-attachment. The other is a small Getzin w/o F-attachment, so both lighter and smaller. Plus, the Getzin is way cheaper, so if anything happens to it, it's not as big a deal.
But if I can bring a trombone with me on the plane, I'd prefere the Conn. I just wonder which is better to take, or if the Conn is too big to bring on the plane.

Any trombonists here who have experience with bringing their trombone overseas?
Thanks in advance!
Sunday, November 12th, 2006
12:10 pm
Any trombone players in Seattle-ish?
Hey folks, are any of you trombone players in Seattle? I'm subbing on trombone (of course) in the upcoming Rainier Symphony (in the Renton/Tukwila area) holiday concert and the lady who has been e-mailing me asked if I know any other good trombone players who might also be willing and able to substitute. There will be two Tuesday rehearsals (the two Tuesdays after Thanksgiving) and then an evening concert on Saturday the 9th and an afternoon concert on Sunday the 10th. Unfortunately the gig doesn't pay (I don't really care, I just like to play!).

Friday, November 10th, 2006
6:47 pm

I may have posted this before, but this is Robin Eubanks playing with the Dave Holland Big Band. He plays with the DH Quintet which just released a new CD called Critical Mass. I'm really into this music - I think robin and the dave holland gang along with chris potter are taking jazz in a new direction and that always serves to be documented or brought to attention.

And he's damn good.
Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
5:09 pm
Calling all aspiring trombonists!!
This is sort of unofficial campaigning. We are in desperate need of trombonists for the Juilliard Pre-College program. Next year, at least half of us will have graduated. If you want to check out the scene in advance, we are preforming.

Pre-College Symphony George Stelluto, conductor
Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 8:00pm – Alice Tully Hall
Rossini, William Tell Overture
Vieuxtemps, Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 31 (soloist determined by competition)
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36

I am one of the students myself, so if you want to ask about the program and what it's like, comment this post. The auditions for the program aren't until this winter. This is for high school students, and you don't have to want a career as an orchestral musician to apply. If you don't want to do it, but you know people who might, tell them. This is an amazing opportunity for anyone who loves playing the trombone in both an orchestral and chamber music setting. I hope we have a huge turnout when audition time rolls around!

Saturday, October 28th, 2006
9:15 am
Anyone out there working on the David?  It's the allstate piece this year, and as much as I despise allstate, I'm trying out anyway.  How's it going?  It's very hard for me, it's a really physically demanding piece, and I'm grappling with my double tongue on the quick 16th-note figures. 

Dave Holland came out with a few new cds also, Robin (Eubanks) sounds amazing.  Critical Mass and Live in Sweden  are the albums; they're an amazing band. 

Robin Eubanks w. the Dave Holland Big Band:
Tuesday, September 5th, 2006
3:16 pm
Hi there everyone! My name is Glenna, and I just picked up trombone literally today. A few of my friends came up to me today and told me that I needed to learn and join our school's jazz band because there are only two trombones. It turns out that there are three, but our director would like four. No one else who plays wants to join. I would love to, but I obviously have to learn first. I've messed around with it a bit before, and have always wanted to learn, and I was starting to learn pretty well, but I had to return the school instrument for someone to use for our musical's pit orchestra. Anyway, as you can see from my username, I play cello, so I already know bass clef, which is nice. I was wondering if anyone had any tips for learning faster/becoming adequate quickly. I taught myself cello in my sophomore year (I'm now a senior) and within a school year, I was no longer last chair, and now I'm first chair. So, I'm pretty good with picking up instruments, and I just really need some tips on how to get good fast. Practicing tips and all of that. Anything you can tell me would be greatly appreciated. I plan to practice about two hours a day, so that'll help things along hopefully.

Thanks so much in advance. =]

I'm very excited about learning trombone. It's such an amazing instrument.

Current Mood: hopeful
Sunday, August 27th, 2006
2:50 pm
just joined
hello my fellow trombone borthers. my name is Deuce. i got that name beacuse i have a bass F/Eb dependent trombone. it is so much fun to play. i love it under the staff. right now i can go to a double low Eb. but the sound is still weak. i hope to be able to crank it out down there one day. i love playing jazz. & if anyone knows any good jazz sites. or good jazz trombone players i would love to hear about them. thats all for me.

Current Mood: enthralled
Thursday, July 20th, 2006
1:05 am
How Low Can You Go?
While I don't play a musical instrument, I love trombones - especially bass trombones!

I've been collecting film score for a number of years now and have been wondering what the lowest register a trombone or bass trombone can hit. I've heard some mightily low brass hits from the likes of the original Godzilla movie and one roaringly low whole note from Aliens. Things of this nature fascinate me to no end.

So, whats the lowest note a trombonist can hit - and if possible, whats it look like on sheet?
Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
10:34 pm
Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No. 2
Okay, this is a long shot, but does anyone know of any brass quartet/quintet/any ensemble transcriptions of the Waltz II from Shostakovich's Jazz Suite No. 2? I've recently been listening to the piece over and over (and over) appreciating the brass parts and general flow and tuneful melody. It's something I'd like to do for an upcoming recital.

Crossposted to: trombones boneplayers brassmastaz musicmajors (sorry for the spam)
Friday, May 19th, 2006
10:36 pm
I'm so excited! I never thought to look up a trombone LJ comm before. <3

I've tried about every instrument on the face of the earth and the trombone is the one I love the most. I've been playing since fifth grade and I'm in tenth now. I've been section leader/first chair since the beginning of freshman year (sharing it with a senior the first year).

I have two problems, however...
a) I have incredible stage fright. If I have a solo in a song, I'll most likely either not play it or screw up immensely.
b) I'm moving to another state (I'M GETTING MY OWN TROMBONE! YAYYY!) and I'm afraid I'm going to be stuck as last chair because the new band director doesn't know my level of skill. I don't think I can deal with that. And then there are auditions for wind ensemble... I want to be in wind ensemble really bad, but I always mess up SO bad for auditions...

Advice would be appreciated!

Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
9:52 pm
Alright, trombone pals. Don't fail me now. I need trombone related advice.

I was recently made section leader of the trombones in my band after the old section leader  graduated. The only problem is that another girl was actually sitting in front of me before, so my band leader had to bump her down in order to give me first chair. I felt so insecure about it that I gave up my chair to the other girl. My band director talked to me about it and told me that even though I deserve to be first chair more than this other girl, I have very low confidence in my playing skills.

I know it sounds lame but... what can I do to make myself  "confident" in my trombone skills? I want to be first chair, and I think somewhere deep down I know I should be, but I just get so nervous and insecure about chair placement. Help me, please!

Current Mood: guilty
3:57 pm
hey everyone my name is Lima (last name) and I was just browsing Livejournal and i came across this group. I play 1st trombone i my school down in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I really enjoy playing this instrument (and i hate it when everyone says its so easy to play *yah right*) It's fun and definitly challenging but very enjoyable. We have a concert coming up in one week so our enitre band is preparing for that. Its kinda cool to meet other players across the country.

Current Mood: awake
Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
1:14 pm
Fresno's Finest
So today I got the 3rd trombone part for "Fresno's Finest Jazz Band." Its not the first part but I think im pretty lucky. My Director is leading the band so he said he'd be fair and let the other schools in the district put their kids and then put whoever in our band that he needs. I only know one of my competition, Shadow Garza, I dont know if its a girlor a boy but IT can only hit a G...i can go up to a Db. Im hoping we'll audition and I can get the first part.
Friday, March 10th, 2006
10:12 am
Hey everyone,

I was just wondering if there was anyone who had a recording of the piece "Les caracteres du Trombone" for Trombone and Piano by R. De Guide.
I'm doing this piece on my recital, and the recording on naxos doesn't like to play on my computer (plus I was looking for another recording anyway)

If anyone has this, can you send me an email and/or leave a comment? I'd greatly appreciate it...


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