Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Recording

12 recordings of Christmas

December 24, 2016 at 8:30 pm

There’s a lot of really fantastic content available online. Sometimes I spend hours just following links, unearthing amazing recordings that I had no idea existed. In an effort to help us share our discoveries, I have devised a little game. For each of the 12 days of Christmas, choose a striking YouTube recording of the appropriate number […]

Tackling “the difficult stuff”

December 22, 2016 at 9:00 am

Let’s face it: playing an instrument is really, really difficult. Even the “basics” that most people cover in their first year or so are a substantial challenge. Think about it: you have to master a new set of physical skills, including precise control of muscles you might not have even known were voluntary. You have to become […]

All-State Audition Preparation

November 9, 2015 at 12:52 am

This past weekend, I presented at the South Texas Brass Symposium. Part of the event was a clinic for high school students preparing etudes for their All-State auditions. During this masterclass, I started thinking back to my high school experience, and what I was thinking about preparing for these kinds of auditions. The etudes were […]

Standing out from the crowd

August 21, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Last time I posted, I talked about the recording process I was going through. I updated my Recordings page to include some of the new tracks we came up with. Tangentially, some of my friends and former students have released their new professional album, Play, and I think it’s really special. You don’t have to go to Nashville […]