Mr. Jefferson’s Bones has entertained thousands since its inception in 2001. The ensemble is comprised of some of the Shenandoah Valley’s most experienced and talented trombonists and enjoys performing a wide variety of classical, sacred, popular and jazz repertoire.
The group’s members include, Andy Lankford (associate professor of trombone, James Madison University), Tom McKenzie (noted area trombonist and valley band leader), Luke Sackett (Wilson Middle School band director and Valley Wind ensemble trombonist), and bass trombonist Robert Mott, whose arrangements and compositions for the ensemble have been published by Cimarron Music Press.
Notable performances have included headlining Staunton’s “Center Stage!” 2009 and 2013 Concert Series and “Jazz in the Park” summer concert series; developing and presenting a worship musical entitled, “God’s Trombones: Jazz and the Gospel” with guest trombonist and recording artist Harry Watters; school assembly concerts for K-12 students; and numerous other local concert and church events.
MJB is most proud of its development and support of the annual Tromblowin Trombone Workshop at JMU. Over the years, the event has hosted notable trombonists including Rick Simerly, Sim Flora, Matthew Guilford (National Symphony Orchestra), Wycliffe Gordon, Michael Davis, Christopher Bill, The Airmen of Note Trombone Section, Weston Sprott (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), and The Washington Trombone Ensemble, as well as many fine regional artists and university clinicians including Jeannie Little, Antonio Garcia (and the 804 Bones), Reginald Chapman, Nathan Dishman, Natalie Mannix, Nathaniel Lee, Bryan Hooten, Reginald Pace, Dave Lambert, Jay Crone, Jeff Cortazzo, Sam Woodhead and Scott Shelsta :: VISIT THE MJB WEBSITE ::
Video from Tromblowin 2012
JMU Trombone Choir’s performance of a premier work for trombone choir; The Beatles’ Abbey Road Medley, arranged by MJB’s Robert Mott, and performed at Tromblow’in 2012.