Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Freeway Philharmonic

March 6, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Many musicians travel a lot for work. Like any job requirement, this comes more naturally to some people than others. I personally struggle with it, so I thought I’d share some lessons I’ve learned so far. With few exceptions, remember it’s a business trip, not a vacation. If you do nothing but play your required […]

Waiting for a call

February 2, 2015 at 11:53 am

Musicians (especially freelance musicians) spend a lot of time waiting for the phone to ring. Which raises the question: who are we expecting to call? Random calls are vanishingly rare; gigs nearly always come through pre-existing relationships. So rather than simply┬ástaring at the quiet phone, it makes sense to invest in the kinds of relationships […]

9 Symphonies

January 12, 2015 at 8:35 pm

Here’s an interesting game: pick your nine favorite symphonies without repeating a composer, and with each symphony sequentially numbered in a conventional sense. Prokofiev 1: Elegantly constructed. As close to Bach as I can get in this list, since he didn’t write conventionally numbered symphonies Brahms 2: Efficient motivic development makes this (and Brahms’s other […]

Music stands

January 11, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Each role in an orchestra comes with its own set of non-musical challenges. For instance, percussionists carry a lot of equipment and need early access to venues to set up, not to mention special parking privileges for loading and unloading. Trombonists are no exception, but our challenges are sometimes less well understood. I can’t even […]