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Conversations with Byron Sleugh, Jr.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Byron Sleugh, Jr.

Byron, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
It’s funny – I actually started playing trombone because my mom came home with one. In 5th grade, saxophone was my top choice, trombone was second. But my mom came home from the music store with a trombone and so I stuck with it. I didn’t actually realize that I was good at playing the instrument until my teachers challenged me to audition for local honor bands. I had some success and decided to pursue the trombone and music seriously. After high school, I moved to Denton, TX to study at the University of North Texas. This was an incredible decision for me as I grew immensely as a performer, leader, and person in my time there. That program afforded me opportunities to grow and be successful in a lot of different capacities. In 2018, I moved to Los Angeles where I started working on my Master’s degree at UCLA. While I was studying, I was also busy building a career for myself filled with live performance, recorded work, teaching, and much more. I now perform with groups including but not limited to the Disneyland Band, Santa Monica Symphony, and more!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
In short, yes, I have dealt with a number of obstacles and challenges over the years. Mostly related to being a black male in a white male-dominated field. I don’t plan to go into detail about every single struggle I’ve had, but the important thing is that I have learned how to keep other people’s prejudices from holding me back. Everyone has stories about being wronged, but not everyone can bounce back from those slights and continue to be successful. As a fan of basketball, the “next play” mentality has helped me to continue to be successful. The idea is that if you are too worried about the shot that you just missed then you will continue to miss shots. But you have to believe that every shot you take is going in. I never think that I am going to fail, no matter what anyone else says. I will continue to trust the work that I have put into my trombone playing over the years.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a low brass performer, recording artist, and educator.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
Some of my favorite childhood memories involve coming home from school and listening to music with my siblings. We wore out CDs by greats such as Michael Jackson, Elton John, Bob Marley, and more.

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