International Trombone Week 2007

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I’m sure all of you will be just as excited as I am that April 1-8 is the fifth annual International Trombone Week. This is the week when trombone players all over the world organize concerts and other events to raise the profile of this incredible instrument and prove that the trombone is more than just a slush pump. Check out the International Trombone Association website to see a list of Trombone Week events – if there is one in your area, don’t miss it!

This is also the week when I send in my annual request for trombone music to some of the programs on CBC Radio. Tune in to Here’s To You on CBC Radio2 on Wednesday, April 4th, sometime between 10:00 AM and 12:00, to hear my request on that program. I didn’t request a specific piece, so I am curious to hear what they will play. [Update, April 4: They played Joseph Jongen’s Aria et Polonaise for trombone and piano, very nicely performed by Alain Trudel and Yannick Nézet-Séguin on their CD Conversations (ATMA Classique ACD 22289).]

Although I don’t actually have any performances planned myself for this week, I intend to listen to a lot of trombone CDs, practice every day, and maybe even write a few things about the trombone here. 😉

“The thing that influenced me most was the way Tommy [Dorsey] played his trombone. It was my idea to make my voice work in the same way as a trombone or violin – not sounding like them, but “playing” the voice like those instrumentalists.” – Frank Sinatra

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