Trombonists gather in Anaheim for the eighth annual outdoor holiday concert

Posted on: December 21, 2017

“Nearly 200 trombonists of varying levels of experience gathered at the Anaheim GardenWalk to put on a special holiday concert for shoppers Saturday afternoon,” writes Nathaniel Percy in Sunday’s (12/17) Orange County Register (CA). “With players from novice to professional, the group played 16 numbers for a seated audience and passers-by…. The group of 192 trombonists played holiday classics…. ‘It’s beyond the music,’ said Robin Weeks-Wynne, senior director of marketing and tourism at GardenWalk. ‘It’s being able to be together. They dress up their trombones, wear ugly sweaters and really get into the spirit of the entire event.’ … James Miller, associate principal trombone player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was the Grand Marshal of this year’s concert and conducted half of the 16 numbers, said Deborah Blackford, spokeswoman for the GardenWalk…. Douglas Grieve, a musician, started the event eight years ago on the heels of a Tuba Christmas concert in Downtown Disney when he noticed that one third of the musicians in that concert were trombone players, Blackford said. Grieve decided that trombone players should have their own concert…. Each year, the group has grown in size…. This year’s group saw 30 more trombonists than in 2016.”

Posted December 21, 2017