NU Trombone Choir Plays National Anthem, Goes Viral

By Spencer Schaffer

Oh man that bass trombone sounds so dirty I love it.” (Reddit)

Low brass, kicks ass” (Facebook)

I’m not even American and I want to stand up for that.” (YouTube)

On February 6, 2018, the Northwestern University Trombone Choir crossed paths with the NU Men’s Basketball Team as they took to the court to perform the National Anthem at the NCAA game against Michigan. Seventeen trombonists (I among them) performed a stellar arrangement by Roderick Harkins, filling the stadium with tone and pride. It must be true, what they say about music having a magical touch, because the NU Men’s Basketball team came back to defeat ranked Michigan 61-52.

Since performing the National Anthem on February 6, the video went viral on Facebook, exploding to 900k views and nearly 12k shares. The video was briefly trending on YouTube, and has reached 77k views there. It has even found its way onto Reddit, achieving over 2k upvotes.

From left: Hugo Saavedra, Camden Scarborough, Chase Waterbury, André Prouty, Ben Smelser, Rob Blumstein, Aneesh Kumar, Jake Mezera, James Seymour, John Niro, William Ronneburg, Sean Yeung, Brandon Bird, Jack Grimm, Dillon MacIntyre, Spencer Schaffer (Me), Kenton Campbell, Christopher Davis

From left: Hugo Saavedra, Camden Scarborough, Chase Waterbury, André Prouty, Ben Smelser, Rob Blumstein, Aneesh Kumar, Jake Mezera, James Seymour, John Niro, William Ronneburg, Sean Yeung, Brandon Bird, Jack Grimm, Dillon MacIntyre, Spencer Schaffer (Me), Kenton Campbell, Christopher Davis

In June of 2017, the Northwestern Trombone Choir performed in Redlands, CA at the International Trombone Festival in celebration of being awarded the extremely competitive and esteemed First Prize in the Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competition. The recital showcased our talent and dutiful hard work, as well as our deft ensemble skills, blend, and musicality. Since appearing on this international stage and the court for the National Anthem, the Trombone Choir continues to dedicate countless hours rehearsing and preparing for our next envelope-pushing performance.

If interested in contacting the group for performances, please send an inquiry to Christopher Davis, conductor of the ensemble at bassbonechris@hotmail.com.

 

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