Dale Truscott spoke with Australian trombonist David Robins. David was recently appointed as Second Trombonist of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in Hobart.
TSO Lower Brass (L to R): Scott Kinmont (Guest Principal Trombone), David Robins (Second Trombone), Robert Clark (Principal Bass Trombone), Timothy Jones (Principal Tuba)
Dale: What is the oldest musical memory you have from your childhood?
David: It would probably be my first piano lessons when I was five or six. My next door neighbour was a piano teacher, so I would wander over once a week with $2 in my hand (practically a fortune in 1985) for a 15-minute lesson…I still can’t play the piano.
Dale: How did you begin playing the trombone?
David: I was in Grade 5 when my school’s library suffered an unfortunate arson attack. Worried that instruments were next, the Principal made the decision to give as many students as possible an instrument to babysit over the holidays. A trombone found its way into my temporary possession, and that was that.
Dale: When did you first decide to become a professional musician?
David: The decision was made when I was 16 and a student of Greg Aitken’s at the time. He was playing lead trombone in a season of West Side Story and generously arranged for me to sit next to him in the pit for a matinee. I had never experienced anything like it before. I remember having Greg on my left, John Hoffman and Phil Ryan on my right, and thinking to myself “This’ll do me!”
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