Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony

October 10, 2013 at 12:20 am

When I started my undergraduate degree at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, I didn’t know much about music, and less about being a music major. I was a very stereotypical clueless freshman. However, I did know that Symphony Center was three blocks away, and my teacher played there with the Chicago Symphony. I figured […]

Day jobs

October 1, 2013 at 12:27 pm

For the past month or so, I have been very busy with nonmusical activities. I am not yet fortunate enough to make my entire living as a trombonist, so I take additional jobs as necessary to support my family. My situation is not uncommon, but I think it’s a part of the industry that we […]

Chamber music

September 8, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Some of my friends and I recently formed a quartet and have begun rehearsing regularly. I am under no illusions about the profit margin on trombone quartet performances. Rich and famous are unlikely. However, we’ve all noticed that chamber music is underrepresented in our performance experience, and it’s important to us to exercise that aspect […]

Standing out from the crowd

August 21, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Last time I posted, I talked about the recording process I was going through. I updated my Recordings page to include some of the new tracks we came up with. Tangentially, some of my friends and former students have released their new professional album, Play, and I think it’s really special. You don’t have to go to Nashville […]