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About Benjamin Coy

Benjamin Coy serves as the brass instructor at South Texas College in McAllen. In addition to offering private lessons in trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium, and tuba, Dr. Coy also directs the symphonic band and the brass ensemble. He has previously taught at Ohio State University and Roosevelt University.

Dr. Coy is a member of the Valley Symphony Orchestra trombone section and previously held positions in the Springfield Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, and the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony. He has also played for a wide variety of critically-acclaimed opera and theater productions, including eight months with the national tour of Hairspray. Dr. Coy maintains a diverse performance calendar including classic rock, jazz, and chamber music.

As a guest clinician, Dr. Coy has presented lectures at the International Trombone Festival as well as local events including the South Texas Brass Symposium, the Texas State Trombone Symposium, and the Big XII Trombone Conference. His presentations focus on effective pedagogical and practice techniques, and they are designed to help developing musicians improve their return on investment in the practice room. The concepts Dr. Coy discusses are an elaboration on the topics he addresses on his website (tenorposaune.com), where he offers perspectives and strategies for collegiate and pre-collegiate musicians.

Dr. Coy is committed to expanding the availability of quality brass repertoire, and his publications are available through Kagarice Brass Editions and Cherry Classics Music. His current project is to expand the spectrum of pieces appropriate for collegiate concerto competitions through the orchestration of music previously only available with piano accompaniment.

Dr. Coy earned his doctorate in trombone performance and pedagogy at The Ohio State University. He previously studied in Chicago, earning his master’s degree at Northwestern University and his bachelor’s at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. His primary teachers were Chicago Symphony musicians Jay Friedman and Michael Mulcahy.


Historically, there is a clear separation between the jazz and classical pedagogies. This session will explore practice techniques that are commonly associated with jazz from a classical perspective. Typical jazz exercises will be translated for applicability in a classical context.