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Bare Bones at CMS

On Friday, November 22, CMS was visited by the BARE BONES Trombone Quartet. The group performed a concert for the 6/7 Band consisting of a musical “history lesson” which included selections from over 500 years of music. After the concert, BARE BONES gave a clinic for all CMS trombone players. During this clinic, the students learned about a wide range of trombone specific techniques, from deep breathing and posture, to slide technique and instrument maintenance. The CMS trombonists were even lead through a performance of the “SU Song.” 

The trombone students were inspired by their interactions with the BARE BONES Quartet and the BARE BONES members were equally impressed by the CMS trombonists. One member remarked how great it was to see 20 trombones at a middle school when they have visited other schools that only have 3 or 4. 

The BARE BONES Trombone Quartet consists of a local professional trombonist, a retired member of the Syracuse Symphony, a retired band teacher, and an engineer! Their performance was made possible by a grant from the MPTF (Musician’s Protective Trust Fund) Local 78 of the American Federation of Musicians. 

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