Bob Holfelder - Trombonist

Welcome to Cool Breeze Music

I've always had eclectic tastes in music. As a high school student, I studied with jazz legend Phil Wilson, and Boston Symphony principal trombonist, Ronald Barron. As you can see from my schedule to the left, I continue to perform in a wide variety of musical settings, from brass ensembles to blues bands. Over the years, I've been privileged to play with famous artists, such as the O'Jays, The Funk Brothers, Frankie Valli and Wayne Newton. I've played historic venues, like Symphony Hall and the Hatch Shell, and traveled around the country and abroad to perform. I always enjoy new playing situations, looking forward to the challenges of reading, improvising and contributing in any way that suits the situation.

I'm delighted to have been included in the book Bonanza - Insights and Wisdom from Professional Jazz Trombonists by Dr. Julie Gendrich. This is a great resource for trombone players. It includes insights on musical concepts and techniques, as well as personal stories from great players, and comprehensive discographies. You'll want to read this over and over. Buy it!

Like most instrumentalists, I'm also an experienced teacher and clinician. I've presented clinics on trombone performance, improvisation, transcription and music technology. I've served as an adjudicator for All-State and District Festivals as well as recital competitions. I teach a small number of select students at my home.


These are the bands I work with regularly:

Rhythm & Blues:
The Groove Doctors

Neurotic Gumbo
No Static
The Regressions
The Rockin' Soul Horns

Brass Band
The Hot Tamale Brass Band

Big Band
Bare Bones Big Band
Little Mahrud Jazz Orchestra
Milford Jazz Machine

The Golden Ring Trio

I occasionally play with these fine bands:

Boylston Brass
Brass Force
Brass Attack
Chandler Travis Philharmonic
Occasional Brass & Strings
Rico & The Jump 'n' Jive Revue
SouthCoast Jazz Orchestra
Sweet Willie D. & the Continental Walk

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Members:
The Funk Brothers
The O'Jays


S.E. Shires trombones and
Doug Elliot mouthpieces.