Musician Andy Strain, also known as "The Trombonist," will give two free performances at Lincoln City Libraries next week:
In an original performance bursting with music, story and audience participation, The Trombonist will perform an adaptation of the South African folktale Abiyoyo, as well as his version of a story from Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories.
Strain received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from the University of Nebraska in 2001. He then spent five years in southwest Germany earning a German Masters degree in trombone literature and performance. During that period, he performed in various orchestras and ensembles in Germany, Mexico and Switzerland.
Now living in Oakland, California, he has been a featured soloist with various orchestras, including Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra, for which he wrote and performed a program for families and children.
Currently, Strain teaches brass class to fourth and fifth graders, directs after-school middle school shout bands, and performs regularly in public parks, libraries and schools for family audiences. His mash-up band, the East Bay Brass Band, can be heard regularly across the Bay Area.
For more information on Lincoln City Libraries, visit lincolnlibraries.org.