Lindsay McMurray

Lindsay started playing the trombone at age 10 in a suburb of Seattle, WA, but by 11 years old she was playing in a jazz band.  Her love for jazz and its community brought her many opportunities during her education, including the honor of participating twice in the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in New York where only 15 bands are chosen out of the nation to compete.

She found her passion for Latin music while attending California State University, Northridge. During her freshman year, a good friend (and fellow trombone player), asked her to sit-in on a gig at El Floridita (an LA staple for salsa music).  Everything was so fresh, energetic and fun!  The people dancing and laughing, everyone talking to each other and actually listening to the music!  She was hooked.

Never one to hold to just one genre, during her time at California State University, Northridge she earned a spot in Walt Disney World’s Disney Collegiate All-Star Band.  In this nation-wide search, only three tenor trombonists were chosen.  During this time she had the opportunity to spend a summer performing daily in the parks for the guests and attended clinics with successful, working musicians.  From there, she earned her masters at UCLA in trombone performance.

Since graduating, she plays with more and more bands as her musical skills improve.  She has even been called to play with international salsa stars, including Eddie Santiago, Tony Vega and Willie Panama.

In the classical realm, she continues to work in orchestras, small brass groups and recently performed with Italian singing trio Il Volo.

Today, you can hear Lindsay playing with LA salsa bands, wedding bands, pop groups, jazz combos and big bands.  She also plays in the house band for Estrella TV’s Noches con Platanito. In this quick pace atmosphere she is challenged with transcribing melodies on the spot, learning 20-15 tunes every 2-3 days and performing live music for TV audiences nationwide.

Lindsay also spends time educating young and aspiring trombonists in private lessons and stopping in from time to time at the Harmony Project (a local area learning environment geared towards early exposure of classical music and musical instruments in urban areas).

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