Bald Trombone Players:What’s the Deal?

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Bald Trombone Players:What’s the Deal?

Post by chabuddyg » Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:50 pm

Joseph Alessi, Toby Oft, Michael Mulcahy...all incredible trombone players of course, but what else do they share in common? They’re all follicly challenged! I’m wondering if anybody’s observed any correlation between being a great trombone player and having a shiny dome (possible dissertation topic?). I figure since I probably won’t see anybody important for at least a few months, now might be a good time to take the leap of faith and shave my gorgeous mullet off. Would love to hear any and all thoughts on the matter, I’m all ears!...and no hair 😜
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Post by BGuttman » Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:05 pm

See if you can find the YouTube video of Glen Dodson's Barbershop Quartet. It's a mix of brass concert and singing. Two of the players are Joe Alessi and Charlie Vernon. Both with hair.

There are plenty of great trombone players with hair. Not necessary to shave your head. Dodson was one. Also Leroy Kenfield, Boston Symphony bass trombone from the 1890s to around the mid 1940s. Urbie Green. Kai Winding. Alan Raph. That's just off the top of my (non-bald) head.
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Post by Posaunus » Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:11 pm

Sorry to tell you, but hirsuteness does not correlate well with trombonability. :o
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Post by Geordie » Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:33 am

chabuddyg wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:50 pm
Joseph Alessi, Toby Oft, Michael Mulcahy...all incredible trombone players of course, but what else do they share in common? They’re all follicly challenged! I’m wondering if anybody’s observed any correlation between being a great trombone player and having a shiny dome (possible dissertation topic?). I figure since I probably won’t see anybody important for at least a few months, now might be a good time to take the leap of faith and shave my gorgeous mullet off. Would love to hear any and all thoughts on the matter, I’m all ears!...and no hair
Hedge your bets and only shave off one side .... :good:
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Post by BGuttman » Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:40 am

Posaunus wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:11 pm
Sorry to tell you, but hirsuteness does not correlate well with trombonability. :o
Nor does it inversely correlate. :wink:
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Post by harrisonreed » Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:21 am

You forgot ... A few...
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Post by harrisonreed » Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:24 am

It actually has to do with the valve wrap:

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Post by Nhtrombone » Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:25 pm

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Post by BGuttman » Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:52 pm

Robbins, you had more hair when I played with you! :tongue:
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Post by robcat2075 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:21 pm

Herbert von Karajan would make the bald players in the BPO wear toupés for their film performances. I wonder if that is a deductible expense.

I recall how deadly it used to be for younger men to be bald, Yul Brynner notwithstanding.

Somehow that has turned around since the 80s but they have to shave it all off.

The classic male pattern baldness is still a seat at the un-sexy table, Patrick Stewart notwithstanding.
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Post by Finetales » Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:47 pm

If being bald makes you great, what does having long hair do???
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Post by ithinknot » Fri Dec 04, 2020 3:24 am

Finetales wrote:
Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:47 pm
If being bald makes you great, what does having long hair do???
No need to worry.

You're assuming the scale of hairy accomplishment is uniaxial and linear, whereas in fact it mimics the horseshoe of male pattern baldness.
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