Some time ago, my husband asked my father to find a good used trombone for me as a surprise gift. That trombone (King 2B) stayed in its case for years. Then, after hearing the brass play at a Bach festival, I was inspired to take up the trombone again. I sounded truly awful and decided to take lessons. Starting up was a challenge, but lessons with Ken Read, a wonderful teacher, have made a huge difference. Playing is a lot of fun now. I never had a chance to play in my father's trombone choir so I am delighted to be able to play with the Ritchie Trombone Choir.
Other influences: Living in Europe for several years and attending many wonderful early and baroque music concerts in Holland, England and Germany. Then there's the trombone playing of Tommy Dorsey and Joe Alessi.