Randy Hestand


Randy Hestand
IHS Tiger Band class of 1980 (Trombone)

Randall Hestand is a trombonist who has performed for the show bands/orchestras of cruise ship companies, Broadway shows touring Europe andNorth America, symphony and opera orchestras in the United States, brass chamber ensembles, and many other types of ensembles.  He has extensive experience in performing a variety of music styles.  He is “at home” playing a big band arrangement, playing a classical piece, playing a jazz standard and improvising a solo, or playing popular music in a horn line band.

Mr. Hestand earned his Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the University of North Texas, where he concentrated primarily on classical/symphonic music on tenor trombone and bass trombone.  He completed his Master of Music degree in performance at New England Conservatory of Music, where he focused on classical / symphonic bass trombone and studied with Douglas Yeo, the bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops Orchestra.

During the years that Mr. Hestand lived in Boston, from 1987 to 1994, he worked as a freelance musician around the New England area.  The ensembles he performed with include the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Emmanuel Music, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, and the Seaside Brass Quartet.  He also regularly performed with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra as a hired ringer and traveled with the orchestra on summer tours of Asia and Europe.  For part of the year 1992 Mr. Hestand had a stint working in Florida, performing in the orchestra of the Sarasota Opera for its season that year, and while there he also performed with the Florida West Coast Symphony as a substitute player.

During his New England years Mr. Hestand won the audition for the bass trombone position of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra for the summer of 1991.  While attending the music festival and playing in the orchestra he had the good fortune of performing in concerts with some prominent musicians, including conductors Simon Rattle and Seiji Ozawa, and singer Jessye Norman.  And while at the Tanglewood festival he was also employed as a substitute player for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

One of the more interesting jobs he had during the New England freelance years was performing in a symphony orchestra that accompanied the popular music group, The Moody Blues, in an arena concert in Portland, Maine.


In 1994 Mr. Hestand began making his living solely on trombone performing (on both tenor and bass trombone) when he started working in pit orchestras for Broadway show tours.  From 1994 to 2004 he regularly toured Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy, The United States, and Canada, performing the classics West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Hair, 42nd Street, Grease, and Funny Girl.  Some memorable highlights of this “on the road” period for Mr. Hestand include: performing on a North American tour of West Side Story with trumpeter Scott Englebright (who is most known for being a former lead player of the Maynard Ferguson band), and performing on a European tour of My Fair Lady, which featured actor Richard Chamberlin in the role of Henry Higgins.

Several years after finishing his school degrees and working for a while, Mr. Hestand started to rethink his overall musical goals, and he was wanting to be more versatile.  Then in 2005 he decided he was ready to take on new musical challenges which were completely different from the ones he had concentrated on in music school. Wanting to work on his jazz improvisation most of all, he started working in the orchestras of cruise ships, since that would give him an outlet for honing jazz soloing and it would make it possible for him to earn a living at the same time.  He has performed on tenor trombone in the orchestras of Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.  Cruise ships have taken him to every continent of the globe (except for Antarctica).  In addition to giving Mr. Hestand improvised solo experience in small group and big band jazz sets on board, ship work has also given him experience in performing the wide variety of music styles which are used in the shows in the main theaters.  And the show band / orchestra work has required him to keep his music sight reading skills sharp, in order to rapidly prepare for guest entertainers who rehearse on the same day as performances.  Mr. Hestand has accompanied many different types of entertainers on cruise ships, including: The Original Drifters, The Coasters, The Osmond Brothers, Greg Bonham, Bobby Arvon, Ian Finkel, Elliot Finkel, Nicola Loud, Domenick Allen, Tony Tillman, Doug Cameron, and the Olympic gymnast, Lance Ringnald.

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