bass trombonist, composer & arranger


Arranging & Orchestration

Hello everyone! My October recital was a big success. For those who've donated, thank you! I'm working on thank you notes, so you'll get yours soon! If you missed the recital, you can watch it on the website, just click the Fall 2020 tab up above.

As I'm writing this, I am now 254 days into the Pandemic (I'm now counting from when I saw my performance calendar literally evaporate over night.) Very happy with how the recital went, and working on some new projects. Going to publish a collection of scale studies early in 2021, and I'm working on some digital collaborations that I hope to start sharing with y'all in December. Stay tuned for more info!

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