New York Philharmonic Musician Mesmerizes Internet with 'Trombone Silliness'

Monday, January 07, 2013 - 10:57 AM

Some Monday cheer: David Finlayson, the second trombonist in the New York Philharmonic, gives us an instrument's-eye view by attaching a GoPro camera to his trombone slide.

The GoPro is advertised as a small, mountable camera that can be attached to practically anything, and is often used to shoot extreme adventure footage. The music is an etude by Joannes Rochut.

Since it hit the Internet last week, Finlayson's video has been viewed nearly a million times, and appeared on websites like Gawker, Reddit and It has also spawned imitators and the inevitable remix version.

Update: 6:30 pm: The original video has been inexplicably removed from YouTube though another version has turned up:

Update 1/11: Here's a duet version has surfaced featuring National Symphony Orchestra principal trombonist, Craig Mulcahy:


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Comments [5]


Here is a better version

Jan. 10 2013 10:12 AM
Les from Miami, Florida

This diverting, good-humored bit of whimsy by Mr. Finlayson playing Rochut's Etude reminds me of a piece by Satie that he wrote for people to listen to but not concentrate on during intermissions. It's "Musique d'ameublement", scored for piano duet, bass trombone and small clarinet (I presume the E flat clarinet), that has themes from "Mignon", "Danse Macabre" and some of Satie's own cobbled together!

Jan. 09 2013 08:14 AM
Barry Owen Furrer

Perhaps at the end of this session Mr. Finlayson, in the tradition of Napoleon, took his bone apart.

Jan. 08 2013 10:00 PM
Aredeedeetoo from Madison, WI

...disguised as a second trombone.

Jan. 08 2013 05:07 PM

Rumour has it that Mr. Finlayson is actually the son of the emperor of Japan.

Jan. 07 2013 01:44 PM

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