Despite this unpromising beginning, in a short time, with the enthusiastic help of a dedicated music teacher, I was surprised to discover that making music could be fun … I was actually enjoying myself.
I happily tooted my trombone through the grade school and high school bands, our local adult community band, the university concert band and a number of jazz/swing bands. My horn gave me much pleasure for several years and helped me make numerous, lasting friendships.
When I finished university, however, like many people, I put my trombone in the closet and became fully immersed in the then pressing issues of nurturing a family and pursuing a corner office.
Last spring, at a jazz concert, as a trombone player/arranger performed a particularly accomplished version of a classic Ellington standard (I think it was Mood Indigo) my wife, Barbara, whispered to me, ‘You should get your trombone out again’. As is my habit, I listened carefully to her advice and the very next day I got my horn out of the closet. I was anxious to see if the slide still worked. Happily it did.
Shortly after reuniting with my instrument (an Olds ‘Super’ made in Los Angeles in 1957) I decided I needed a group to play with. I feel very fortunate that within a few minutes Google lead me to magic baton of Maestro Resa and her extremely talented band of ‘pieces’. I’m looking forward to many enjoyable Monday rehearsals with this accomplished and spirited group.