Rick Barnes - Trombone
What is your musical background/history?
I started band in the 5th grade. My mother was a teacher and piano player. Her grandfather was a concert violinist back in Germany. My dad took lessons on the big accordion. I don’t think he was very much into that but all my siblings played some kind of instrument as I was coming up. My younger brother was big into drums and still plays them some to this day.
What is your favorite “Band Song” to play?
Zoot Suit Riot
Want to play more of “Moondance (” Love me some Van Morrison!”)
What do you do when you are not playing music? (work/hobbies/for fun???)
I love going to the coast and playing around on the edges of this great beautiful continent. Boating is one of my great passions.
What type of animal/breed of dog/cat/bird/fish/other etc…. best reflects your personality and why?
Pelican! They fly low to the water and can cruise for long lengths to catch a meal. They also like to hang out on piers and marina pilings to keep an eye on things. Just “chilling” out.
Tell us something fun! You know, like “That one time at band camp…” Or elsewhere. (funny anecdote/story/amazing coincidence/hidden talent/celebrity encounter, etc…)
During my senior year in high school, we would always lower the flag at the end of the 3rd quarter of a home football game. There was only had one trumpet, one trombone, and one snare drum to do this. When it came “our” time to lower the flag, Randy (trumpet) and I decided to work real hard practicing for our one event. There had always been a mistake made by someone during the whole time that I attended Shades Valley. When it came our time to perform, Randy stated that he was really nervous. I told him something an old band director told me about being nervous. He told me to take a deep breath just before you start. After you exhale, you are totally relaxed for about three seconds. During that three seconds, make sure you come in on that first note. As the drum role started, we took our breaths and started to play. I just stared off into those ball field lights. We went through the whole piece without one mistake (Thank God). When the three of us returned to the stands, the whole band and almost everyone in the stands gave us a standing ovation. Our band director told us that we were the first group not to make any mistakes in the “Seven Years” that he had been directing. Aaahhhh, Relief !!