As a quartet, The STL Trombones have played Holiday concerts for as long as we’ve been members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
When we first started, our repertoire was taken from what was currently available, with just a few original arrangements. One was The Hallelujah Chorus, arranged by Roger Davenport, second trombone in the SLSO for close to forty years! It was a great arrangement, and it was nice to have something from within the group. Then Tim added more to our Christmas repertoire when he brought us In Dulci Jubilo, and La Navidad. Later on, Gerry added a couple more. Before long, we had enough of our own material for a STL Trombones Christmas Album.
And as an extra treat, we added percussion to seven of the fifteen tunes, including Drum Set, Bells, Latin Percussion, and a quartet favorite, the Cajon. With our SLSO colleague Alan Stewart along for the ride, we did our best impersonation of the Leroy Anderson classic, Sleigh Ride. When you open these presents, you may find hidden some of the most well-known orchestral excerpts.
We’d be giving it away if we said more, so you’ll just have to listen for yourself. We hope that our contribution to your holiday spirit is one that brings much joy, and warms you from the inside out. Seasons Greetings!