Shirley Coggon, Trombone
Originally from the east coast, Shirley began her trombone studies with James Biddlecome of the New York City Opera, and continued at the College of William and Mary with R. Scott McElroy of the Virginia Symphony. After earning her BA she moved to the Washington, DC area and played with local jazz bands including the James Bazen Big Band and the Tom Cunningham Orchestra, appearing at venues including Blues Alley. Now living in San Diego, Shirley is thrilled to be a member of Big Band Express. In addition to her musical pursuits, she is an actor and a graduate of The Second City Conservatory Program in Los Angeles.
Mark Lewis, Trombone
“Tuba players never meet girls.” Taking well-meant advice to heart, Mark switched from the tuba to trombone on joining the Navy music program out of Medford High School in Oregon. After four years “service” in a traveling Navy disco band, Mark went to college, earning degrees in Physics, Radiological Health Physics, and eventually a Juris Doctorate. He works at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station as a Senior Staff Health Physicist, practices law, dabbles as a freelance musician, and resides in Oceanside.
Patricia Evans, Trombone
A native of Los Angeles, Patricia Evans is a graduate of UCLA and Point Loma Nazarene University, where she received her Masters in Biology. Patricia is currently a middle school Science Teacher with San Diego City Schools. She got her musical start playing trombone in middle school, and then at Bonita High School, under the direction of Robin Snyder. During her sophmore year, she was chosen to play for the Southern California All Star Jazz Band, and her senior year, played at the Monterrey Jazz Festival, as part of the High School Big Band and combo. After a hiatus from the trombone, Patricia is back in the musical scene. She currently plays her horn in numerous bands in the San Diego area such as the Marty Conley Big Band Express, The Jazz Project Big Band, The Coronado Legacy Big Band, and the Latin Jazz group, Son Pa Ti.
John Ralston, Bass Trombone
Though not born in San Diego, John considers himself a local San Diegan and Mexican food lover. He studied Bass Trombone with the late great George Roberts who would come to his house to give lessons. John plays mostly jazz in various big bands around San Diego and classical when the pay is good.
He was the bass trombonist in SDSU’s ‘A’ band for several years and that is still the toughest book he’s ever played.
Currently, John is the I.T. assistant manager at The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park, a job he loves and an organization he believes in.