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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Filtering by Tag: John Williams

The Brass Junkies: Jim Nova

Andrew Hitz

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For this episode we were joined by Jim Nova, trombone player for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Jim talked about how his successful audition for the Pittsburgh Symphony was the 39th of his career! He also shared a very moving story about the loss of his mother and the trombone that she saved up money to buy for him before she passed away.

He told some really great stories about his father, a professional accordion player turned pizza parlor owner turned composer. Jim's story of the time his father hired an orchestra in Bulgaria to record some compositions he had written for him is one for the ages!

Finally, he talked about a side project he's been doing that recently got the attention of none other than John Williams himself.


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