Your most mind blowing experience playing trombone

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Your most mind blowing experience playing trombone

Post by Kingfan » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:48 pm

My thread on strangest gigs took off and I love reading the other stories, so I'll start another thread on outstanding moments playing trombone.

Me, I've been playing for over 50 years, but one gig way back stands out. A local community college was getting off the ground. The band director recruited some high school students to fill in on the jazz band until they got a critical mass of registered college students. I was playing my King 4B/5G combo on second or third. Two weeks before the concert the bass bone player leaves and I get moved to bass. At the concert, we just clicked and played better than we had any right to. Having a young John Fechock, then a high school student, on lead bone didn't hurt. We ended with the Stan Kenton version of MacArthur Park arranged by Dee Barton. The fast part at the end, the bass tbone is in unison with the bass guitar. No rests, no place to breath, lots of pedal tones at double forte. I was grooving on the magic of the moment and putting so much air through the horn I almost passed out from lack of oxygen. Seriously - I had tunnel vision, everything was black except a very narrow band in front of my face. Best high I ever had in my life. Better than sex, drugs, or alcohol.

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Re: Your most mind blowing experience playing trombone

Post by bigbandbone » Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:26 pm

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Re: Your most mind blowing experience playing trombone

Post by GBP » Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:17 am

I was playing with a brass band for an Easter church service. The church has a large, like 40 voice, choir that was seated behind the band. At a point in the service, band was to play an arrangement ofThe Hallelujah chorus. The band began it’s performance, then spontaneously, the choir stood up and began to sing with us. It was amazing.
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Re: Your most mind blowing experience playing trombone

Post by hyperbolica » Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:42 am

I was playing as a ringer brought in to a local college music program and they decided to cut a brass, organ and choir album of Bruckner. We played brass choir stuff with organ and voice.

But the greatest highlight was recording some trombone trio stuff with two Eastman students standing in the middle of a big catholic cathedral with a massive pipe organ roaring and a 60 voice chorus. It was the only time I've ever heard a conductor say "More trombones, you're getting buried!" It gave me chills. ... er/21747-2
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Re: Your most mind blowing experience playing trombone

Post by BurckhardtS » Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:01 pm

I'm fortunate to have made a ton of great recordings playing in CWU's Jazz Band 1. 90% of them are on YouTube. Some of them are better than others, because they're all live.

One gig that stands out to me was playing for the regional music educators conference. Having over a thousand band directors is a great audience to make great music for, and we received multiple standing ovations in the same set.

We played Brookmeyer's "Celebration Jig", Ray Brown's "My Man Willie Suite" and Darcy James Argue's "Flux in a Box". This was in early 2016.

For reference, most of that band is who makes up the "Cottage Vanguard" Jazz Orchestra.

I have a ton of others, but that one is really far up there.
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Re: Your most mind blowing experience playing trombone

Post by Driswood » Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:46 pm

In 1989, Dave Steinmeyer directed the faculty big band during the Frederick County MD Jazz Festival. Another trombonist and I got to trade 4's with Dave on a tune. That was a kick!!!
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Re: Your most mind blowing experience playing trombone

Post by krahnbone » Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:01 pm

I got to play a sold out House of Blues Boston this Halloween. Not a band I play with, just being a hired gun on the jam band scene. The crowd of costumes were a riot; I saw not one but TWO full grown Winnie the Pooh's. That was cool enough, but it got even better...

Come time for the bone solo (which I figured they'd try to breeze through, 16-32 bars and out type thing) the band brought the dynamics down and built back up with me. I actually got to tell a story!!! and then, when I was done, it felt like the place erupted. Like, people were actually paying attention. A large cap room listened to me improvise and approved enthusiastically - mind blowing.
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Re: Your most mind blowing experience playing trombone

Post by FullPedalTrombonist » Wed Mar 04, 2020 5:51 pm

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Re: Your most mind blowing experience playing trombone

Post by LeoInFL » Fri Mar 06, 2020 4:17 pm

Members of the community symphony were selected to play an original score for 'Beauty & the Beast'. Lead dancer of the Orlando Ballet Arcadian Broad directed, choreographed and composed the whole thing. We had 3 performances, all sold out at the fancy/shmancy Dr Phillips Center in downtown Orlando. A few months later we were brought back to record the ballet music because Arcadian wanted to distribute it to other ballet houses. If you ever get a chance to maybe be part of that particular production, on the recording that's me on bass.
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Re: Your most mind blowing experience playing trombone

Post by Blenky » Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:30 am

Many years ago when I was only 15 I played the Bolero Trombone solo in the Albert Hall at a youth concert.

Had been crapping myself over it for weeks but it was note perfect with a great gliss!

Unfortunately not done anything near as exhilarating since.
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Re: Your most mind blowing experience playing trombone

Post by Bloo » Sat Mar 07, 2020 4:31 pm

Got paid $100 a head to play at a local hockey arena a couple of years ago. Drums, Keyboard, and trombone.
One of my closest and best friends was on drumset, and my current boyfriend at the time was on keyboard. We played for 4 hours straight and it's the best and most intimate chemistry I've ever experienced in music. There wasn't a time where we weren't together. The dynamics, rhythm and style changes, it was all on point. Our eyes were locked the whole damn time.

I think about that performance all the time.

The other contender would be freshmen year marching competition. I was a feature soloist on "empire state of mind." I got to start my solo on a rising platform that looked like the empire state building, and with no mic. The energy was insane. I won best soloist for our class, and our band won the competition. It was an exhilarating experience, seeing less than 200 band kids scream loud enough to drown out a stadium.
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Re: Your most mind blowing experience playing trombone

Post by deanmccarty » Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:40 pm

I’ve had the opportunity to play with a lot of great artists over the years like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, any many, many more... but... the gig that got me were a couple of concerts with Bill Reichenbach and Michael Davis... what a gas!
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Re: Your most mind blowing experience playing trombone

Post by dukesboneman » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:34 am

I`ve had quite a few.
Playing a 2 Trombone set with Fred Wesley
Playing with Gino Vannelli and being asked to solo.
Playing with my Brass Quintet back in 1980 and playing the Canadian Brass version of the Canon by Pachebel in atrium of City Hall. The sound was Glorious

I was at the IAJE conference in Toronto, everyone had gone to lunch and I went into the Vendor area to try some horns without the College kids BLASTING their favorite Excerpts. At the Bach booth, I tried the LT16M (I had never seem one before). I`m playing the horn softly , getting a feel for the horn. Suddenly I hear behind me "You know, They pay me to be the star at this booth. If you keep playing like that, I`m going have to worry about my job." I turn around (thinking I`m in trouble) and there standing behind me was Bill Watrous !! We talked for a while . He was a really nice guy.
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