Gabe Cruz

Trombone

Hometown: Oakland, CA
Alma mater: San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Musical origins: I was 12, entering middle school, when my mom signed me up for band. I thought I was way too cool for it at first, but then I couldn’t get enough. I started on Baritone/Euphonium and realized I wanted to play jazz and orchestral music so I taught myself the Trombone for the first year.
Favorite piece to play: Can’t pick just one
Favorite obscure piece: Mysteries of the Macabre by Ligeti (but only the Barbara Hannigan recordings)
Favorite musical memory: Touring
Which composer would have had the best social media: Berlioz
Favorite fact about your instrument: It used to be called the Sackbut.
Favorite non-classical musician: Chance the Rapper
Musical guilty pleasure: Taylor Swift
What recording would you take to a deserted island: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony conducted by Leonard Bernstein
Favorite non-musical hobby or activity: Basketball
Last book read: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Favorite sculpture: The headless Nike of Samothrace at The Louvre. I can’t wait to see it in real life.
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Listen. To recordings, concerts, and most importantly…your teachers.

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