Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Industry

The Problem With School

January 15, 2016 at 2:10 pm

Since I began preschool, I have spent only six years away from school. I took three years off between my master’s and my doctorate, and it took three years after I finished the doctorate to find a teaching job. But other than those six years, I have always been in school in some capacity. I […]

South Texas College

July 20, 2015 at 11:34 pm

I am excited to announce that I will join the faculty of South Texas College this autumn. I will be teaching all brass in addition to occasional theory and other academic courses. This is a big move for me, and I am confident I will learn as much in the process as my students will. […]

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 staring at the quiet phone, it makes sense to invest in the kinds of relationships […]