Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Industry

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

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 […]

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 […]