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November 8, 2011 > Trombone Day

Trombone Day

By Chinmai Raman

Trombone Day originated almost fifteen years ago and is being held again this year at Cal State East Bay, Hayward. It was created to bring local professional trombonists, students, and music enthusiasts together, learn from and listen to invited guest artists. The event aims to provide opportunities for personal and professional enrichment by developing a greater appreciation for the trombone and music.

In past years, Trombone Day has hosted famous guest artists like jazz trombonist Bill Watrous, one of the finest bop-oriented trombonists; Andy Martin, an amazing jazz musician; Tim Higgins, who has performed and recorded with a number of orchestras; and Mark Lawrence, Principal Trombonist with the San Francisco Symphony.

Trombone Day 2011 includes a Master Class by New York based guest artist Michael Davis. He will also perform with the CSU East Bay Jazz Band and with the Bay Bones Trombone Choir. There will be a final Open Trombone Choir with Billy Robinson where anyone can bring their trombone and join in.

A native of San Jose, California, trombonist-composer Michael Davis does it all. Hailed as one of today's premier instrumentalists, he is known as a first-call sideman - both in the studio and on the concert stage - for the entertainment world's biggest stars, including the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nelly, Bob Dylan, and Michael Jackson.

In the field of music education, he has served as a clinician around the world, while also authoring a number of highly esteemed instructional books and band arrangements for musicians of all ages and abilities. Davis is dedicated to increasing the popularity and stature of brass instruments, emphasizing "how hip, cool and fun it is to play music." Davis is currently based in New York and is acknowledged by popular musicians, fellow educators, and audiences around the world as an immensely talented musical artist committed to setting the highest standards possible for both jazz and his instrument.

Billy Robinson is the co-founder and conductor of a large trombone choir, the Bay Bones, guest artists at International Trombone Workshops in Nashville and Las Vegas. For the past fifteen years, Robinson has been playing trombone, tuba, and alpenhorn for October Fest in California and Japan. As a freelance musician, he played all the ice shows, as well as musicals and backing for many headline acts. Robinson played principal trombone in the sixth Army Band at the Presidio of San Francisco, the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Symphony League Orchestra, and bass trombone in the Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra.

Dave Ridge is Principal Trombonist with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Ridge has performed with many of the major music festivals in this country and abroad including: Tanglewood Institute of Music; Colorado Philharmonic/National Repertory Orchestra; Festival of Two Worlds/Spoleto, Italy; Spoleto Festival U.S.A.; American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and Chautauqua Music Festival.

Kevin Rivard is currently Co-Principal Horn of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Principal Horn of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

If you want to have a fun day playing and listening to your favorite trombone music, come out to Trombone Day. Bring your trombone and join in!

Trombone Day
Saturday, November 12
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
Music Building Recital Hall, MB1055
(510) 885-3135
Free Admission

Trombone Day Schedule:
8:30 a.m.: Registration
9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.: Dave Ridge, bass & contra bass trombone, Kevin Rivard, French horn
10 a.m.: CSU East Bay Jazz Orchestra with Michael Davis
10:45 a.m.: Instrument demonstrations and performances
11:15 a.m.: Michael Davis Master Class
12:15 p.m.: Bay Bones Trombone Choir with Michael Davis
1:15 p.m.: Open Trombone Choir with Billy Robinson

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