BRASS A FAM­ILY TRA­DI­TION

Cockburn Gazette - - SEEN STEPPING OUT - Tanya MacNaughton

WASO prin­ci­pal trom­bon­ist Joshua Davis is con­tin­u­ing his fam­ily’s tra­di­tion of in­tro­duc­ing mu­sic to his chil­dren at a young age.

His eight-month-old son Mark is only at the rasp­berry-blow­ing stage but three-year-old daugh­ter Bethany is al­ready mak­ing a buzz on her pink pBones trom­bone.

“There are a lot of stud­ies that have been done that show mu­sic helps de­velop other parts of a child’s brain and as­sists in their ed­u­ca­tion,” Davis said.

“It’s some­thing that’s al­ways been a part of my fam­ily’s life.”

Davis’s fa­ther Cliff played trom­bone and eu­pho­nium, and per­formed in the Sal­va­tion Army Band.

“I got into the Sal­va­tion Army ju­nior band when I was quite young,” Davis said.

“Me and four other mates, all our dads played in the se­nior band, so we all learned to­gether and even­tu­ally we each got to sit next to our dads in the band.

“All of the ba­sics you need to play a brass in­stru­ment, play­ing with a

beau­ti­ful sound and work­ing with oth­ers, I got from play­ing with the en­sem­ble from a young age.”

Davis joined WASO in 2008 and teaches at WAAPA.

He will fea­ture as soloist when WASO pre­sents the world pre­miere of Aus­tralian com­poser Paul Stan­hope’s Trom­bone Con­certo dur­ing con­cert clas­sic se­ries Asher Fisch Con­ducts Schu­mann at Perth Con­cert Hall, Novem­ber 17 and 18.

Other works on the pro­gram are Szy­manowski’s Con­cert Over­ture and Schu­mann’s Sym­phony No. 4.

Davis said Stan­hope’s con­certo was was a lot of fun.

“There’s lots of con­trast and a con­denza in the mid­dle where I get to do some ac­ro­bat­ics,” he said.

Picture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d475727

Trom­bon­ist Joshua Davis with son Mark.

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