The 10th Annual Trombone day was held this year on Sunday 30th March in Portadown Music Centre.
Those who attended had the chance to play with some professional trombonists and some senior students were lucky enough to receive a one to one lesson with Peter Moore who was, at the age of twelve, the youngest ever musician to win BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2008 and now, at the age of 18, is the Co-principal trombone player with the London Symphony Orchestra.
On the menu for the day were a wide variety of activities for everybody to enjoy including a mass trombone choir and master classes from Peter during which students received his expert advice on the pieces that they were studying. There was also an opportunity to learn some Jazz improvisation skills from local legend John Trotter.
Not to be left out of the fun, the tutors along with some professional trombonists also got involved with their Trombone Octet, which I thought was brilliant, especially their performance of the well-known movie theme “633 Squadron.”
However, the highlight of the day had to be Peter’s performance of one of Arthur Pryor’s famous trombone solos. He really impressed everyone with his technical ability and his control of the instrument.
Thanks to the BTS and SELB for putting it on such a unique and informative day!