WASO’s trom­bone tra­di­tion

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Tanya MacNaughton

WASO prin­ci­pal trom­bon­ist Joshua Davis is con­tin­u­ing with the fam­ily 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 al­ready is mak­ing a buzz on her pink pBones PVC 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 in New­cas­tle.

“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 dad in the band and they’d look af­ter us and teach us.

“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 present 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 20 min­utes, which was long for brass.

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

“I got to work with the com­poser on it and went to Syd­ney and played for him. He wrote a piccolo con­certo a few years back, so I’d had a lis­ten to that and loved it so I wasn’t too scared. Not know­ing what a com­poser is go­ing to write for you is a bit daunt­ing.”

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

WASO prin­ci­pal trom­bone player Joshua Davis with son Mark.

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