Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Tackling “the difficult stuff”

December 22, 2016 at 9:00 am

Let’s face it: playing an instrument is really, really difficult. Even the “basics” that most people cover in their first year or so are a substantial challenge. Think about it: you have to master a new set of physical skills, including precise control of muscles you might not have even known were voluntary. You have to become […]

Distributed responsibilities

October 22, 2016 at 1:14 am

In my position at South Texas College, I conduct the large Symphonic Band, a medium-sized group called the Chamber Winds, and the small Brass Ensemble. I had done some conducting before, but never as such a large part of my daily activities. Prior to my appointment at the college, I was primarily a performer, with teaching a […]

Competition preparation

June 21, 2016 at 3:19 pm

This past school year, I had the good fortune to judge two solo competitions. In both cases, the field was open to all musical instruments, and I was there to represent the brass family on the panel. I was excited about these opportunities, because I get very tired of seeing violinists, cellists, and pianists in front of […]