Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Practice

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 […]

2014 International Trombone Festival

June 22, 2014 at 4:59 pm

At the beginning of the month, I attended theĀ International Trombone Festival, which was in Rochester, NY this year. Actually, the Springfield Symphony trombone section was very well represented; Sarah Paradis, our second trombonist, was also there as part of Tromboteam! for its presentation. I had the opportunity to deliver my presentation on mouthpiece buzzing, but […]

Practice log

March 10, 2014 at 11:30 am

I have previously written about the importance of building a plan and a schedule for your practice. Long-term structure in practice strategy is as important to large-scale progress as individual practice techniques are to small-scale improvement. However, we all know about the best laid plans. It would be naive to expect that every element of […]

Perspective

February 14, 2014 at 11:38 am

Today, violinist and music advocate Holly Mulcahy posted a blog entry aboutĀ happiness. She’s absolutely right, and everyone should take a few minutes right now to read it. Mulcahy focuses on the interpersonal ramifications: how your happiness (or lack thereof) affects other people, and vice versa. I’d like to emphasize her first point about goals. She […]