Second Trombone


Greg Malovance studied music theory and composition at Emory University in Atlanta. His trombone instructors include Russ Vance and Jay Friedman. He currently is a member of the Old Dominion Brass Quintet, Chicago Brass Band, Chicago Brass Band Players, Evanston Symphony Orchestra and West Suburban Chamber Orchestra. Recently, Greg has performed with many other ensembles including the Wheaton Symphony, DeKalb Municipal Band, Waukegan Municipal Band and Bensenville Wind Symphony. He also performs in pit orchestras and other freelance engagements throughout the Chicagoland area.

Greg's father played trombone in the Army band during World War II and had his own big band for quite some time thereafter--Russ Vance and His Band of Renowns!!! He had Greg playing trombone before his arm was long enough to reach 5th position and taught him all of the basics. Greg's father continued to play up until the day he died at age 70, showing by example how music can be a lifelong passion. More recently, just when Greg thought he could do some things reasonably well, he started studying with Jay Friedman who has given him a whole new understanding of what he should be trying to do with his sound. One time Jay actually said Greg had played the perfect note--yes, one note--but quickly tempered Greg's joy by telling him that if Greg could just play every note like that, Greg would sound like Jay!

Greg often tells his younger son (Andrew, and CBB's principal cornet) who dishonored the family by deciding to play the trumpet that Greg plays the trombone because it has the most beautiful sound and is the most flexible of all the instruments in terms of dynamics, range, articulation and style (Andrew does not concede this point) -- or maybe just because there was an extra trombone in the house when Greg was growing up.

Greg is a partner and a labor and employment relations attorney with a large, Chicago-based law firm.

Greg enjoys cooking, landscaping, playing with his golden retriever and just hanging out with his wife of 29 years and his three grown children (as well as his brand new son-in-law).