Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

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 […]

Happy new year!

January 1, 2015 at 3:11 am

In an effort to start 2015 off right, I’ve ported this site to new software and tweaked the template for mobile users. Not much has changed in terms of the site itself, but most┬ápages will have moved to a new URL. Update your links if you have any! I think this is a good opportunity […]

Pops concerts

December 10, 2014 at 12:16 am

December is sometimes called “Brass Players Get To Eat Month” because of the relative abundance of performance opportunities in general, and gigs for brass players in particular. For whatever reason, brass music is associated winter holidays. On the one hand, it’s very nice to have a few extra dollars to help fund holiday travel. On […]

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 […]