Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries, from Die Walküre

Orchestral Excerpts | John Engelkes, Bass trombone
Bt_movie_not_in_use Triplet and dotted eighth/sixteenth rhythms 00h:00m:18s
Bt_movie_not_in_use To start, practice in quarter notes 00h:00m:56s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Be prepared to play at different speeds 00h:02m:57s


San Francisco Symphony's bass trombonist John Engelkes walks through Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries".

Composers:
Richard Wagner

Instruments:
Bass trombone



Thumb_untitled-1

John Engelkes
Bass trombone

A native of Iowa, bass trombonist John Engelkes joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1981. Prior to his arrival in San Francisco, Mr. Engelkes was a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra.
He began his studies with John Hansen in high school and continued working with Mr. Hansen at the University of Northern Iowa where he received his Bachelor's of Music. When he was twenty-two and still an undergraduate, he won a position with the Florida Symphony in Orlando and stayed there for a year, after which he decided to pursue a master's degree at Northwestern University. At Northwestern, he studied with Frank Crisafulli and Edward Kleinhammer, then Second Trombonist and Bass Trombonist respectively, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While in Chicago, Mr. Engelkes performed in the Northwestern Wind Ensemble, the Northwestern Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Chicago Pops.
Mr. Engelkes currently serves on the faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and teaches privately. He performs in numerous chamber music ensembles and numerous recording projects. An avid golfer, he resides in San Anselmo with his wife Myra.