Dramatic Cue


This piece of music diverges from my usual trombone-focused production pieces. As I transition from personal projects to writing for film and TV, I’ll use this forum to send out the best of each month’s work.

I submitted this for a dramatic cue for TV. Think about a reality TV show with lots of drama like crossing snake-filled terrain blind-folded or the lead-up to the moment the girl tells the guy there’s someone else she prefers in her life!!

The trombone is not the focus of this piece, but I managed to sneak in a bit of it, along with a few notes from my good friend Gerry Pagano! Face it, nothing says drama better than sforzando crescendo bass trombone (and alto).

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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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