Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

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 […]

Vern

September 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Today we mourn the loss of Vern Kagarice. Our industry, and society at large, is built upon kindness and trust. No one achieves anything without being given a chance by someone else; and Vern was one of the first people to give me such a chance. When I was still a brash undergraduate kid, he […]

Audition postmortem

August 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm

When I was in college, I spent embarrassing amounts of time and money taking auditions. I didn’t even hesitate purchasing plane tickets and hotels all over the country to go play my three minutes of excerpts for the panels. In hindsight, I should have saved my money. Not because I didn’t win those auditions — […]

Inspiration

July 24, 2014 at 11:55 am

When I was in high school, a composer visited our band for a clinic. During the question/answer session, I asked where he got the inspiration for the piece we were playing. His answer was a little disappointing to my 17 year old self: “I had a commission and a deadline. I had to get something […]