Philip Arno, bass sackbut
Philip Arno began playing sackbut in 1971 at the University of Texas, Austin, under the direction of Gilbert Blount. It was quite a start too, the bass sackbut arrived one week before his first performance with the ensemble. Being a professional bass trombonist helps, but the differences between the two types of instruments makes for some very interesting mental and physical gymnastics. Note the extension handle on the slide.
Philip has been the bass trombonist for the Austin Symphony Orchestra since 1978, the Austin Lyric Opera since 1987, and the Victoria Bach Festival since 1985. Prior to that, he played with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (1973-75), the American Wind Symphony Orchestra (1973), the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra (1969-71), and the Mobile Symphony Orchestra (1968-70).
In tandem with his performing, from 1970-88 he was a piano technician, but he replaced that career with technology when he earned an Associate’s Degree in Electronics in 1988. He retired in March 2014 from his position at Travis County as a customer support analyst.
He is a freelance photographer, is a nationally ranked triathlete and practices yoga and Pilates.