bass trombonist, composer & arranger


Arranging & Orchestration

NEWS ANNOUCEMENT! Unaccompanied bass trombone solo recital end of October 2020! State tuned for more details and ways you'll be able to watch and participate!

As I am writing this, we're into day 164 of the shelter in place/COVID pandemic. No concerts until 2021, and the spring doesn't look so hot for concerts either. So in the meantime, any of y'all who may be looking for low brass lessons, look no further! I offer online instruction in trombone, bass trombone, euphonium & tuba. Click on the lessons tab at the top to learn more!

A Multifaceted Performer


C.L. Behrens is the bass trombonist with Opera San Jose, Symphony Silicon Valley, and the Stockton Symphony. Mr. Behrens previously played with Opera Cleveland. In addition to his orchestral pursuits, C.L. enjoys composing minimalist music for trombone ensembles.

Mr. Behrens maintains a private studio in the Cupertino/Saratoga area. His students have enjoyed success playing with county honor bands, California All-State, and have been accepted to prestigious college music schools.

In his limited spare time, C.L. likes to work on Cecilia, his 1971 VW Super Beetle; build furniture; fish and cook.

Mr. Behrens earned his Masters from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and his Bachelors from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. His teachers have included John Engelkes, Mark Lawrence, James DeSano, and William Behrens.



©2020 by C.L. Behrens. Photos by Christopher M. Howard www.cmhoward.com