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‘Bone Circus

Does the idea of 250 trombonists honking on their horns all at once sound appealing to you? If yes, then I have a house to sell you next to LaGuardia International Airport. I also have an event that is perfect for your indelicate ears.

The Commission Project, a nonprofit music-education organization, is gearing up for its biannual “Trombone Circus.” Held on March 23 at the Hartley School in Rochester, N.Y., the “Trombone Circus” gives student, amateur and professional horn-blowers a chance to mingle, learn and blast away.

Ned Corman (pictured left), artistic director of the Commission Project, co-chairs the event with Doug Mark and Tom Sousa, and, Steve Turre (Ray Charles, Saturday Night Live), Fred Wesley (James Brown, Parliament/Funkadelic, Count Basie), Ralph Sauer (L.A. Philharmonic) and others will run clinics and master classes and give individual instruction. The doors open at 11 a.m., but 8 p.m. is when organized chaos really starts: Wesley was commissioned to compose a piece for all the ‘bones, and everyone is invited to participate. John Marcellus’ Bionic Bones will play and the Bob Stata Quartet, backing both Wesley and Turre, will pay tribute to J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding.

The Hartley School is located at 1981 Clove St. For more information, log on to

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