My good friend Gerry Pagano, also my partner on the Road Less Traveled CD, asked me to write a piece of music that he and I could perform at his recital at this summer’s year’s International Trombone Festival.

The assignment I gave myself was to create a piece that Gerry and I could perform over an audio track in the concert hall.

Gerry and Doug Yeo recorded their new CD in my studio in August of 2017. While Gerry was here, he recorded the bass bone tracks for this song, and I took the opportunity to re-record my original tracks, remix the song, and add a few more colors to the piece.

I created a video that you might find entertaining. Something about the moods underlying the video images that reflects the conversations I have with myself:

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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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