In musical performances that involve many unique instruments, the trombone can often be overlooked. However, the trombone is a key component of an ensemble and has incredible musical variety and capability.
This is what SHSU School of music trombone choir attempted to prove Sunday night. They certainly managed to showcase the trombone through entertainment for the audience with a stellar performance.
The gravity and depth of the trombone is what stood out to many. The instrument’s skills were especially represented in pieces such as Short mediation by Anthony Plog and the Great Lakes Octet By Eric Ewazen.
Conductor Ben Osborne was ready to showcase trombone players in unorthodox ways.
“[The significance of this event is] hearing the trombone in a new light, having an entire ensemble of just one instrument seems like it might be boring but there’s actually a lot of variety in sound, and in style of music, that the trombone is capable of and it would be a surprise to someone who hasn’t heard it before,” Osborne said.
Even music students who were not trombonists were in attendance to support their classmates. Event usher and sophomore music major Austin De La Rua was one of these attendees.
“It’s a rare ensemble setting because most of the time you are playing with the entire band with different instruments,” De La Rua said. “Playing with the same instrument creates a different listening environment that you have to pay attention to.”
The Trombone choir’s concert was a worthwhile event and it has managed to create more interest for SHSU’s music program.