October 23, 2017 – The Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Department at BCSD has introduced music and instruments to hundreds of students through its nationally recognized music program. For one day in October, they held a unique event celebrating one particular instrument: the trombone. In an effort to increase participation and build excitement, the brass instrument with the sliding arm received special attention during “Trombone Day.” The event took place at Cato middle school and included a guest clinician and performer, workshops and more than 240 student trombone players.
“It’s more of an awareness of what instruments are in the band and orchestra, and our teachers need well balanced instrumentation for a more professional sound,” said Michael Stone, Coordinator of VAPA. “Numbers are definitely up, as far as kids playing trombone, by about 100.”
Emely Espinoza, trombone player from Stiern Middle School, said, “The trombone is a great instrument, and I really enjoy playing it. When I heard there was a day about it, I was really excited.”
Guest clinician, David Green, a Bakersfield native and band director at Independence High School, performed for the students and led one of the focused workshops. Other sessions were led by several BCSD music faculty.