Dana Landis

Bass Trombone

Dana Landis, Bass Trombone

He is married to the beautiful and talented Devon and they have three children;  Kathryn is 6, Sarah is 4, Duncan is 1.

What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
The trombone has been a family tradition in the Landis family for the past three generations.  All Landis men have played trombone through college yet I am the first to take it to the professional level.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
To be honest I don’t know.  I always loved music classes in grade school and during the summer of my junior year of high school I attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute as bass trombonist of the orchestra.  Hearing the Boston Symphony Orchestra that summer really had a profound affect on me.  I thought, “you mean one can make a living doing this?!? I would be stupid not to do it!”  And that was it.  The path was set before me.

What do you do in your spare time (other than practice!)?
Going on family hikes or cross country skiing.  Though the latter won’t be happening here.

What is your favorite thing about being a professional musician?
I love taking part in the presentation of live music.  The energy and feeling the sound fill the hall is fantastic and a unique art form.  I also love hearing my colleagues.  Being in the back row, I get a wonderful vantage point.  It’s quite amazing watching all the violins move and sound in synchronous clarity.

I also love supporting my family and making a living doing something I love. I have many friends that view their jobs as what brings in the money and don’t have a passion for it.  I just love going to work everyday.

What sport(s) do you participate in?
Cross country skiing, running, softball, hiking and biking with my family.

Do you have a favorite team?
Boston Red Sox

What is your favorite food?
Grilled Elk tenderloin, it’s the leanest of all red meats, along with a strong Bordeaux or CA Cabernet.

Who is your favorite composer?
Richard Wagner, his operas are the pinnacle of emotional musical expression.

What’s currently on your Ipod?
Shostakovich string quartets, highlights from Verdi’s Don Carlo, John William’s greatest hits, and a few home grown playlists of favorite orchestral pieces and brass ensembles.

Education:
Eastman School of Music, Bachelor of Music Degree in Bass Trombone, with Distinction
The Juilliard School, Master of Music Degree in Bass Trombone