Last month’s International Trombone Festival was a wonderful experience. To read about some of the music and events, see Michael Lake’s recap of the week.
One of the highlights was a demonstration by six of Los Angeles’ top studio trombonists. The group lead by Alex Iles consisted of Andy Martin, Bill Reichenbach, Steve Holtman, Steve Trapani, Phil Keen and Alan Kaplan. These seven great players talked about the studio experience, sight read new music and rehearsed a piece specifically written for this event.
Since much of what they do in the studio revolves around a visual such as TV or movies, they read and rehearsed a new piece written by Steve Holtman that they would play sync’d to video playing overhead on stage. As Steve explained it, they were unable to convince a studio to give them film due to copyrights so Steve put together his own. As you’ll see from the following video of their performance, the video turned out to be a collage of some of Youtube’s most beloved characters.