"There are very few sounds in my mind that reoccur over and over. As a musician, I want the most beautiful sound to try to imitate – Ilan now has one of those sounds in my mind. Everything from his technical virtuosity to his slow baritone-like voice on the bass trombone is something to keep in my mind for a long time"
- Jeremy E. Smith,

Holy-moly, Jeremy, thanks for the kind words!  The release of It's Alive!! New Music for Bass Trombone was pretty rewarding, but Jeremy's review takes the cake.  To check out the full review go to

Gabe Langfur wrote a review for ITA Journal that will be published in January, and he notes:  "I encourage all bass trombonists to go ahead and buy it...Great playing of great NEW repertoire!"  Thanks Gabe!

Anyway, if you made it this far you probably know that I'm  the bass trombone of the San Antonio Symphony, and that I teach  at the University of Houston Moores School of Music and the Texas Lutheran University School of Music.

My debut album, It's Alive!! New Music for Bass Trombone, is a collaboration with composer Robert Denham and pianist David Gilliland, and it's now available for purchase as a physical or electronic album at and at other web retailers.  More info, including program notes, performer bios, and purchase options at

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