Interview with Linda Landis

TWH-LindaJames Moore: Like most musicians you started playing at a very young age. Why did you choose to play the trombone, and where did your passion for music begin?

Linda Landis: I started playing trombone in the fifth grade. When I was in fourth grade, we had a high school girl who helped out with our girl scout (I think we were called Brownies at that age) troop, and every Tuesday our troop got together to do things like crafts and such. She took her trombone home every Tuesday and I was always curious as to what was in the case. Then one day I got to see her play what was in the case when the high school band played for a school assembly. Once I saw her playing the trombone, that was it for me. It looked like fun. That’s all I ever wanted to play. So when fifth grade rolled around and we picked instruments, it was trombone for me. Funny thing; years later, little did I know I would be her nephew’s trombone teacher! I’d have to say that my passion for music started at that time. But when I was in kindergarten, I played a drum. We only used one stick though. Our teacher had us all playing a rhythm instrument of some kind, like a drum or sandpaper blocks, and the like, and we played a simple tune. The rhythm was: 1, 2 , 3 and 4 | 1, 2, 3 and 4||. It was easy for me to play that rhythm, so I guess music was to be my destiny.

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