[Dixielandjazz] For the Trombonists - Send In The Clowns

Stephen G Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Mon Mar 2 09:10:47 PST 2009

Caveat: Not specifically OKOM, but surely MKOM for the Trombonists on  
the lists. This is a trombone octet performance of Send In The Clowns  
by Sondheim/Wagner.

Glenn Dodson is the grey haired, grey bearded man on the left in the  
pictures and announces the piece. Barbone Street Jazz Band was  
fortunate indeed to have him as our trombonist for almost 10 years  
before his death. He plays the high part in this group and the melody  
note at the end. There are some other trombone GIANTS on this video,  
most of whom were Glenn's former students.

This arrangement for trombone octet was done by Glenn. He did a lot of  
similar trombone octet work after his retirement from the Philadelphia  
Orchestra in addition to a busy schedule of Dixieland and Swing  
performances with Barbone Street. Great player, great guy.

Steve Barbone


On April 23, 2006, Glenn Dodson led Posaune Découple, an ensemble of  
ten trombonists from various regions, in concert at the Glencairn  
Museum in Bryn Athyn, PA. Beyond the unique program format and  
extremely articulate (often comedic) narration by Dodson, the audience  
in attendance was reminded of the importance of music education and  
the trombone's rightful place in the chamber forum. Decouple's event  
profoundly demonstrated the successful passing of the trombone  
discipline through multiple generations and revealed (yet again) a  
special brotherhood within the trombone community itself. Members of  
Posaune Decouple 2006 include Joseph Alessi (principal of New York  
Philharmonic), Mark Lawrence (principal of San Francisco Symphony),  
Glenn Dodson (former principal of The Philadelphia Orchestra), Carl  
Lenthe (former principal of Bamberg Symphony in Germany), M. Dee  
Stewart (former assistant principal of Philadelphia Orchestra), Nitzan  
Haroz (principal of Philadelphia Orchestra), Matthew Vaughn (assistant  
principal of Philadelphia Orchestra), Eric Carlson (second trombone of  
Philadelphia Orchestra), Blair Bollinger (bass trombonist of  
Philadelphia Orchestra) and Darrin C. Milling (bass trombone principal  
of São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil).

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