Just spent a great weekend in San Marcos, TX as the guest artist of the 2nd annual Trombone Day at Texas State University. A terrific event headed by Dr. Martin McCain, one of the excellent trombone professors at Texas State. It was a full day of rehearsals, masterclasses and an evening performance that won’t be forgotten. Kudos go out to Martin and his students for the superb organizing and playing they did to make this event a roaring success
Over the past several months, I have had the extreme pleasure of being the guest artist at four Trombone Days. In November, it was the California State East Bay TD, headed by Dick Akright and Billy Robinson. In October, it was the Boston Conservatory TD brilliantly organized and lead by Wes Hopper and Angel Subero. And in September, we celebrated Mark Lusk’s 25 years of professorship with the Penn State Trombone Labor Days.
These events are incredible celebrations of our instrument and are truly inspiring. My hat goes off to all the great teachers and trombonists who make these events happen. It’s hard to put into words how much time, energy and effort goes into each event, but rest assured, it’s a bloody ton! So thank you Martin, Dick, Billy, Wes, Angel and Mark for the amazing work you do!
This is the first installment of Connected to the Hip-Bone, so I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone. I hope you’ll check in on a regular basis as I try to keep everyone up to date with various projects and activities here in New York, at Hip-Bone Music and on the road.