Alex to show off his musical skills

Alex Parkinson plays the trombone. Picture: Emma Goodwin
Alex Parkinson plays the trombone. Picture: Emma Goodwin

‘I started off on the piano early on, then I picked up the guitar,’ the Hillarys resident said.

‘Trombone is my third instrument.’

Alex said he had been playing classical piano but did not enjoy it, and after trying guitar, switched instruments again to trombone.

The second-year WAAPA student said he mainly practised at university, managing to fit in a couple of hours a day there or at home.

‘It’s pretty hard; it’s a lot of practise,’ he said.

‘I’m studying jazz performance and will hopefully be a professional musician.’

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) member said he was looking forward to playing music by Bob Brookmeyer this Thursday in the group’s first performance of the 2015 season.

WAYJO will bring the modern jazz composer’s big band compositions to the Astor Lounge from 7.30pm on March 26.

‘Brookmeyer’s composition Remembering is the single musical reason for why I decided to become a big band nerd,’ WAYJO artistic director Mace Francis said.

The orchestra will have seven other performances between April 23 and November 21.

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