The seed for this song was a simple sound reminiscent of a toy. As the song developed into a playful backdrop for a few simple melodic trombone phrases, I heard the sound of a child’s voice needed at a certain point. Knowing I had nearly 50 video tapes of my two young boys, I set out to find the right audio sample of childhood exuberance. That search turned into an entire misty-eyed day of reminiscing over 13 and 16 years of birthdays, letters to Santa, life milestones and classic moments. I haven’t had that precious shoebox of tapes out in almost ten years – not since my phone became a video camera.

By winding it up for you in the beginning, I’ve set into motion a magical virtual music box capable of bringing you back to your own reminiscence of childhoods past.

This song is being produced around Christmas 2016 so it seems entirely appropriate that it has given me the chance to again see the wonder of our world through the eyes of a child.

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Being familiar with the great alto trombone playing of Michael Lake, I can attest that his words of wisdom don’t come from a theoretician, but from a remarkably  accomplished artist. I highly recommend this great book!!”

– Cristian Ganicenco, Principal Trombone, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

I really like this interesting and well-disposed book. So many good thoughts, facts and tips on alto trombone. Good guidance for the searching alto souls out there. A must-have for the shelves.

– Håkan Björkman, Principal Trombone at Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

I highly recommend Alto Trombone Savvy for players around the world wanting advice on handling the alto trombone at the highest level. Classical and jazz players both share the same challenges, and it’s great to have this book in either bass or alto clef to help answer some of those challenges.

– Carsten Svanberg, International Trombone Soloist and Professor of Trombone at the University of Music and Arts Graz

For anyone interested in learning to play the alto trombone, whether for classical or jazz, this book is a must. Clearly written, with excellent exercises and links to audio examples, Michael Lake has provided the trombone world with a wonderful new resource.

– Ralph Sauer, Former Principal Trombone, Los Angeles Philharmonic

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