Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Practice

2014 International Trombone Festival

June 22, 2014 at 4:59 pm

At the beginning of the month, I attended the 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 about 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 […]

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 Lang Lang. Then, last night, I went to a local church to hear Michael Murrayplay a solo organ recital. Both men are internationally revered, and their performances this week were exhilarating. These […]