Performing in Broadway productions

Reflections | John Rojak, Bass trombone
Bt_movie_not_in_use Traditional Broadway musicals are swing, big band, commercial 00h:00m:00s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Bass trombone possibilities of doubling on tuba 00h:01m:39s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Greatest skill in broadway is not playing in the holes, not making errors, especially as a sub 00h:05m:06s
Bt_movie_not_in_use On playing with a click track 00h:05m:47s


John Rojak, Bass Trombonist of the American Brass Quintet, talks about playing Broadway shows and assimilating styles

Instruments:
Bass trombone



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John Rojak
Bass trombone

John Rojak joined the American Brass Quintet in 1991. He is bass trombonist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, IRIS, New York Pops, Little Orchestra Society, and Stamford Symphony, and played for the 16-year run of Broadway’s Les Misérables. As part of Gunther Schuller’s handpicked orchestra, Mr. Rojak was involved in the recording of Brahms’ First Symphony and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony for a collaborative CD to Mr. Schuller’s book The Complete Conductor. He has also played with the big bands of Mel Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, and Bob Mintzer. Besides classical recordings, he can be heard on soundtracks for commercials and film. Additionally, he has played with Metallica, Peter Gabriel, and Styx. Mr. Rojak received a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School and held fellowships at the Tanglewood and Waterloo Music Festivals. He is Director of Brass Studies at New York University and on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, The Hartt School, Colorado College Summer Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival and School.