Hi, my name is Meghan Lee McDonnell. I am an alumni of Ohio State University, and a music teacher. This is my website, which is dedicated to the instrument I love to play....the trombone, and to what's going on in my music room(s).
If you don't know how strongly I feel about the trombone by now, you obviously haven't visited my homepage. I love it. I think everyone should play it. Music expresses who I really am, and it allows me to be myself. I consider the trombone to be an extension of my body. So, for all of you out there who play the trombone, who want to play the trombone, or just like to hear about the trombone, I've included some links. I plan on adding pictures soon, more links, cool info, and maybe even music as well...
As for my own trombone playing, I am a former member of Ohio State's trombone choir. In addition to playing in trombone choir, and symphonic band,while I attended Ohio State, I was 3rd chair in OSU's Jazz Lab ensemble. Our Trombone Choir opened for the American Brass Quintet at the International Trombone Conference. We played there on Friday, May 30th, 1997. I have been playing the trombone since I was 9 years old.
I studied under Joe Duchi, my trombone teacher at OSU. He is not only the trombone professor at OSU, but he also plays bass trombone in The Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He's a great guy and has really helped me improve my playing in the four years I studied under him. I had to totally re-do my embochure, and so I struggled to relearn how to play. But my efforts payed off.
I play on a Getzen horn. A Getzen 1047F to be exact. I just switched, and now I play on a 5G mouthpiece. (I also have a 6 1/2 AL) I really like the Getzen, and hope to play an Edwards Horn sometime when I can afford to buy one. My Getzen trombone is named Carl.
I also have two other trombones which don't get played very often anymore. A Holton "collegiate" student model horn which is silver and very old. (I'm looking to sell him, if you're interested, e-mail me.)And also an "Accord" (and you thought it was just a car!) student model which I originally got in the 5th grade when I started playing. (I would never call George crappy...)
My sophomore year in college I taught music camp for Bexley High School, my alma mater. My senior year, I student taught at Norwich Elementary, in Hilliard, Ohio with Jayne Wenner and taught beginning strings, and K-5 general music. I also staudent taught at Centennial High school in Columbus, Ohio with John Stahl and taught high school band and jazz band. I had a wonderful time teaching at both schools.
My first year I taught full time at two different schools. Trinity School in Grandview, Ohio and St. Mary's School in Delaware, Ohio. I taught K-8th grade general music, and 4-8th grade band. (I taught 3 bands, 4th grade beginner, 5th grade intermediate, and 6-9th grade advanced band.) I took the advanced band to compete at King's Island. Even though we came in last by 1/2 of a point, I told the kids they should be pretty proud as our band represented 1/4 of the 80 students in grades 6-8. Every other band we competed against had at least 150 members!
Two years ago both my St. Mary's fourth, 5th and 6th grade students and Trinity students in 4th, 5th and 6th grades did a really neat unit where they invented their own musical instruments, wrote a paper about them, and presented them for their classmates. They did excellently! To see their work, which is currently on display at the "Virtual Museum of Music Inventions," click below. The link will take you directly to the Trinity student's work, but if you click back to the schools menu, you can also view the St. Mary's student's work.
The Virtual Museum of Music Inventions, Elizabeth Rexford, curator.
If you are a trombone player, know a trombone player, or are a trombone wannabe, and you want me to add your trombone link to this page, go right on ahead and e-mail me!!! I'd love to add you! (And if you'd add me too, that would be really cool!)
For a complete history of the trombone, follow the link below: