Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

October 2014

First chair

October 21, 2014 at 11:21 am

This season, I’m playing both a principal and a second position, so I feel like I have a rare opportunity to speak about the relationship between the two roles without any implied preference or baggage. In educational ensembles, there is often an emphasis on winning “first chair,” and students are then ranked from top to […]

Buckaroo Holiday

October 3, 2014 at 12:38 am

The summer before my sophomore year of high school, I attended Interlochen Arts Academy and played in the High School Concert Orchestra — second in quality to the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. About halfway through the summer, I had the opportunity to challenge into the top group, and the piece we played for that audition […]