Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Be Prepared

September 8, 2015 at 1:25 am

The motto for most scouting organizations worldwide is some variant of “Be Prepared.” Boy scouts were never my thing, but that’s not a bad lesson to keep in mind. I was offered my current position at South Texas College less than a month before I needed to be on campus for my first day. In […]

Work Harder, Not Smarter

July 29, 2015 at 3:26 pm

I’ve always prided myself on working smarter, not harder. Even back in grade school, I made a point of learning any concepts as quickly as possible and then declining to complete the homework that was intended to review and emphasize those concepts. In music, I’ve used my knowledge of history, theory, and physiology to eliminate […]

South Texas College

July 20, 2015 at 11:34 pm

I am excited to announce that I will join the faculty of South Texas College this autumn. I will be teaching all brass in addition to occasional theory and other academic courses. This is a big move for me, and I am confident I will learn as much in the process as my students will. […]

Runner-up

May 19, 2015 at 12:55 pm

A lot of times, we advertise our successes, but try to hide our failures. This is natural, of course, since we want to present the best version of ourselves possible. Because of this, a typical Facebook feed full of friends’ successes is not representative of the statistical reality. In any audition, one person wins, and […]