Fourth-Generation Trombonist Stood Out Early On The Playground, Because He Couldn’t Swing And Got Stuck On The Slide

Fourth-generation trombonist

Fourth-generation trombonistFor a youngster, playing the trombone is a challenge. The “slide” is often longer than the young musician’s arms, and keeping control can be difficult when extending it out. Sometimes it gets away, and drastic measures are needed to stop it. “Once in a while you have to use your foot,” remembers Don Brooks of Bethel, who learned to play in the 1930s. For his great-grandson, Christian Brown, it’s a more recent memory. “I’ve used my foot before in a concert,” said Christian, now a Telstar High School freshmen. “It almost went off the end and I had to catch it.” Don and Christian are separated by two generations, but sharing their  devotion to the brass instrument has created a unique bond across the years. Don was in grammar school in Bethel when he started taking private trombone lessons. The instrument, he said, “just appealed to me. I enjoyed it from the start. They had a band and an orchestra in the old grammar school, and I played in them.” It was the beginning of a lifelong commitment to playing in musical groups – both informal and organized. (read more at Bethel Citizen)