Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Industry

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 […]

So, what do you do?

May 27, 2014 at 8:56 pm

When meeting new people, one of the first questions that always comes up is, “so, what do you do?” For some of us, that’s a little bit of a complicated question. The reason the question is asked, of course, is to try and classify the new acquaintance: “I am a lawyer” or “I am a […]

Hearing great music

February 9, 2014 at 8:17 pm

This has been a week of great keyboard players in Columbus. Thursday night, I subbed with the Columbus Symphony playing Prokofiev’s third piano concerto with┬áLang Lang. Then, last night, I went to a local church to hear┬áMichael Murrayplay a solo organ recital. Both men are internationally revered, and their performances this week were exhilarating. These […]

Framing a question

January 28, 2014 at 11:14 pm

This past weekend, I played a performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass. This was not a highly publicized event from one of the major ensembles in the city, but just a community event for people who loved music. It was bitterly cold out, but the hall was still full. The experience made me consider the problems […]