The Trombone Society is a group of five trombonists and a rhythm section and was formed by a close-knit group of friends and artists whose aim is to promote appreciate of music.
The group will perform selections such as “Watermelon Man,” “There Will Never Be Another You,” “American the Beautiful” and “Mood Indigo.”
The ensemble has gained a reputation for excellence and energetic performances since the release of its debut album in 2003. The album, titled “Let’s Get Lost,” features original arrangements and compositions by members of the ensemble and earned them the Kai Winding Award from the International Trombone Association in 2004 which honors the “best jazz trombone ensemble of the year.”
“I am thrilled to have a great group like this coming up to entertain our Canton audience,” said Bob Seguin, manager of the Canton Theatre. “We hope to do more to get these great Atlanta groups up here so we don’t have to travel there and instead can enjoy them here. They are a great group of musicians, and they do it because they love it.”
The concert is the first in a series of four coming that is planned at the Canton Theatre.
“This is a unique group and is well worth coming to see because there is nothing else like this. They play old standards and favorites, and they are arranged specifically for this group. It is mellow and is jazz oriented and easy listening,” said Leonard Altieri, agent. “We did a show at Rabun Gap three years ago, and they said it was the best concert they had in seven years and people were enthralled.”
Among the musicians is Eric Alexander, a composer and trombonist based in Atlanta who is also staff arranger and trombonist for the Church of the Apostles, considered the largest television ministry in the world.
He has played with the Cobb Symphony, at the Fox Theater and has received grants in composition from the National Institute of Music Theater located in The John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington D.C.
He has received commissions from the Empire Brass, The King’s Brass, The Mount Union College Brass Choir, Shakespeare and Co. and The Columbia Theater Players.
Alexander’s music has been played by The Boston Pops, The Empire Brass, The Minnesota Orchestra, The Monumental Brass Quintet, and The Annapolis Choral Society and is featured as the station identification for EWTN.
Among others, he has recorded with The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The GAP Band, The Ohio Players, Edwin McCain, Matchbox 20, Train, Turner Classic Movies, The Cartoon Network, The Discovery Channel and the Hallmark Channel.
Tom Gibson was a trombone soloist with the U.S. Navy Band in Washington D.C. before moving to Atlanta in 2000. From 2000 to 2007, he was the brass coordinator at Georgia State University.
Most recently, Gibson has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Opera, The Neons and the Atlanta Pops. He can be heard on more than 30 commercially available CDs and has done a great deal of studio work for Walking Frog records, Turner television, Cartoon Network, Telarc records and others.
Wes Funderburk has performed across the United States and Europe and is one of the most sought after trombonists in Atlanta and the Southeast. He is the author of Funderbone.com and the inventor of Blog Songs! — his award-winning music blog and iTunes podcast. He has performed and recorded with a wide array of internationally-renowned artists including Natalie Cole, Co-Ed, Gloria Lynne, Peter Noone, Freda Payne, India Arie, Slide Hampton, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Garrett, Rich Matteson, Toshiko Akyoshi and Cecil Welch.
His recording credits include Verve Records, Universal Records, Arista Records, the Cartoon Network and the Weather Channel. His arranging credits include music for Natalie Cole, The Georgia Brass Band, Georgia State University, Joe Gransden and The Piedmont Trombone Society.
Lee Watts earned a bachelor’s degree in bass trombone performance from the University of Kentucky, a master’s degree in Bass Trombone Performance from Georgia State University and has been an active freelance musician in Atlanta since 2000.
He has performed with numerous jazz ensembles, orchestras and chamber groups across the U.S. Watts has recently toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra, and Saxtons Cornet Band. As a soloist, he was a former winner of the Eastern Trombone Workshop Solo Competition.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $25. For more information, call (770) 704-0755 or visit cantontheatre.com.