Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Distributed responsibilities

October 22, 2016 at 1:14 am

In my position at South Texas College, I conduct the large Symphonic Band, a medium-sized group called the Chamber Winds, and the small Brass Ensemble. I had done some conducting before, but never as such a large part of my daily activities. Prior to my appointment at the college, I was primarily a performer, with teaching a […]

Competition preparation

June 21, 2016 at 3:19 pm

This past school year, I had the good fortune to judge two solo competitions. In both cases, the field was open to all musical instruments, and I was there to represent the brass family on the panel. I was excited about these opportunities, because I get very tired of seeing violinists, cellists, and pianists in front of […]

Developing your product

April 29, 2016 at 2:16 pm

In the current market, actually making music is the smallest piece of most jobs. The biggest piece is probably marketing and promotion. Colleges have started to realize this, and there’s now a big effort to teach music majors not just musicianship, but also some business skills. However, I think that sometimes students take away the wrong […]