You play a WHAT ?? When people used to ask me what I did in my spare time, I would reply that I play trombone in a swing band. If I only had a nickel for every time someone’s eyes bulged, head jutted forward and asked ‘what made you choose the trombone?’ Maybe it had something to do with movement.  After all, one must admit that the action of a slide is more noticeable than, say, fingers moving on valves.  For someone who is mesmerized by watching laundry go round and round in a dryer, trombone was the obvious choice. Not the easiest instrument to start playing.  Learning to play a brass instrument is very hard on the embouchure.  After about three years of practicing approximately five days per week, my father one day said “you’re starting to develop some kind of sound on that”.  Obviously, I wasn’t ready for the big times. Practicing prevailed.  Private lessons and opportunities to play with swing bands started happening . To this day, I love playing the trombone. I believe all musicians are “wanna-be trombone players”.  When other instrumentalists are talking about the price of reeds, cost of repairs to the keypads/wires, expense of strings, etc., we trombonists sit back and smile.  After all, the only supply item required is an $8.50 bottle of slide oil – and that will last for, oh, at least two years :)

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