Donald Benham

Principal Trombone

Joined the orchestra: 1987

Don Benham studied trombone with Miles Anderson and Robert Marsteller, additionally studied composition with Hollywood composer Hugo Friedhofer. Principal trombone with the California Symphony since 1987, Don has held positions with the Oakland Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Ballet, and Hong Kong Philharmonic. He is a frequent recitalist in the Noyo Consort with pianist Jason Kirkman and violinist Philip Santos. Don teaches privately; he also arranges and writes music. His hobbies include classic cars, film music, and marathon running.