Trombone players are nice guys, usually. Something about the mellow tone, the difficulty of mastering a non-push-button (valve) instrument, and having to fill in the low parts where the egotistical trumpets can’t go.
My older brother Wes played trombone, and that sucked me in — the junior high band didn’t have any trombones, and some neighborhood fink ratted out that I had one in my closet. My playing ended in college. Younger son James played first chair in the Duncanville Wind Ensemble, a group that steps a lot of musicians right into pro slots; older son Kenny switched from trumpet to baritone in the same group (you can hear Kenny in that recording of the Wind Ensemble). In Kathryn’s family, it’s almost required be a trombonist. Uncle Darrell plays, still, in a symphony in Utah County, with various other uncles and cousins staffing bands from Ogden south to Provo in Utah.
So, of course, Dave Finlayson’s marriage of a short piece and a GoPro camera appealed to me right off:
You don’t recognize Dave Finlayson?
From GoPro’s site:
David Finlayson set out to make a GoPro video with his trombone and ended up with a surprise – a viral video with hits numbering over one million! Check out the extended cut David and GoPro produced — orchestra night, anyone? David is a trombonist with the New York Philharmonic – check out David’s channel for more videos at http://goo.gl/y1Hrj
- Trombone Playing As Seen From GoPro Camera Mounted on the Slide (laughingsquid.com)
- GoPro Attached to a Trombone Captures Footage Synced to Music (petapixel.com)
- New York Philharmonic Musician Mesmerizes Internet with ‘Trombone Silliness’ (wqxr.org)
- Musician Records Himself From His Trombone’s Point of View (abcnews.go.com)
- New York Philharmonic Player Captivates Internet with ‘Trombone Silliness’ (gawker.com)
- Watch: Trombone-Mounted Camera Gives Front Row To The Action (newsfeed.time.com)