Junior high school talent contest (1977). Played Barry Manilow’s “Mandy.” Didn’t win. Lost to a baton twirler. Life went on…. High School senior year, with my cousin Eric Keith (tuba). All state band principals. California dreamin’ (1983).
With Epic Brass Quintet in Salzburg, Austria (1985). Yet another misguided use of duct tape…. With Epic Brass Quintet in Rockport, MA (1985). Roger and me. Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute (1987).
Boston Symphony performances of Strauss’ Elektra at Carnegie Hall, 1987. L-R: Warren Deck (tuba); Chester Schmitz (contrabass); me; Norman Bolter (second); Ron Barron (principal); and Douglas Yeo (bass trumpet). Tanglewood Music Center low brass (1988). L-R: Tom Hutchinson; Jay Evans; John DiLutis; Charles Villarrubbia; and shorty. (I am 6′ tall, incidently. Perhaps one of the tallest sections ever… someone get the Guinness Book….) San Francisco Opera performances of Wagner’s Ring Cycle (1990). L-R: Jeff Budin (bass trumpet); MacDowell Kenley (principal); Don Kennelly (second); Gerry Pagano (3rd/bass); myself on contrabass; and Zachariah Spellman (tuba).
Bear Valley, CA Music Festival (1990). L-R: Martin Demos (principal); Steve Perdicaris (second); and me. Grand Canyon (1990). A solo recital for the deer and the antelope. NSO trombone section dance party with Inupiaq natives following recital in Barrow, Alaska (1992).
National Symphony Trombone Section (1994). L-R: Milton Stevens (principal); James Kraft (second); John Huling (assistant); me. Pony-tailed at International Trombone Festival. Las Vegas, NV (1995). The difference between men and boys…. (1995)
Holy smoke! NSO musicians pose for a photo published in an early issue of Cigar Aficionado magazine (1996). NSO section with Steve Shires (center) at his then-new shop (1996). Grand Teton Music Festival (1996). L-R. Roger Oyster (principal); Larry Zalkind (second); and me.
Grand Teton Music Festival (1997). L-R: Michael Mulcahy (principal); Larry Zalkind (second); myself; and Gene Porkorny (tuba). Auditioning horns at the Shires factory (2003). Performing during masterclass at New England Conservatory (2003).
Performing during masterclass at New England Conservatory (2003). Coaching during masterclass at New England Conservatory (2003). Coaching during masterclass at New England Conservatory (2003).
NSO and Iraqi Trombones: L-R: Hussain Ali Ajeel, Milton Stevens, Fadhil Kouthir Abas and me (2003). Yo-Yo and Jim: Yo-Yo Ma sits with NSO cellist James Lee as part of the combined NSO-INSO orchestra (2003). NSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin joins members of the NSO and INSO brass sections during dinner (2003).
Milt Stevens, Jim Kraft, Steve Hendrickson, David Finlayson and me (2004). The Ring Without Words low brass section: L-R: David Bragunier, James Kraft, Milton Stevens, Lorin Maazel, me, John Huling and Steven Dunkel (2004). National Orchestral Institute: L-R seated: James Kent, Kirk Ferguson, Samuel M. Barlow, Daniel Pendley, Ryan Scott and Jason Koi. L-R standing: Me, Douglas Wright and Mike Roylance. (2004)
July 4 rehearsal at the U.S. Capitol (2004). Performing Eric Ewazen’s Ballade with the U.S. Army Orchestra at the Eastern Trombone Workshop (2005). Backstage at the J.F. Kennedy Center Concert Hall with N.S.O. Pops conductor Marvin Hamlisch following the last of three performances of Chris Brubeck’s Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra (2005).