The Roving Rowes

Enjoy a Performance By

Bones West

At the 2000 NAMM International Trade Show

Every year NAMM invites outstanding musicians to the show and for the 20th consecutive year Bones West has been among them. The group was formed 21 years ago by George "Mr. Bass Trombone" Roberts and is directed by Ralph Bigelow who was Dean of Admissions at Cal State Fullerton when Norm attended there. This incredible group of volunteer musicians rehearses once a week year round and plays throughout the southern California area. Their swing style arrangements with rhythm section demonstrates the versatility and range of the trombone. Featured soloists were George Roberts, John Leys (professional studio trombonist), Robert Marcellus (trombone professor at Eastman), and several members of Bones West. They have a website at



Bones West (small)

The concert took place on an outdoor stage. Quite a few folks were present to enjoy this concert with us.

John Leys and Bones West (small)

One of the featured soloists was John Leys, a studio trombonist in the Los Angeles area. One of the Bones West players seems green with envy over how well John played. You can see it in his eyes!

John Marcellus and Bones West (small)

Making a special trip from New York for this performance, John Marcellus joined Bones West

George Roberts and Bones West (small)

The star of the show, of course, was "Mr. Bass Trombone" himself, the founder of Bones West, George Roberts. Here he is fronting the group for one of his two solo numbers.

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