Library-school system partnership brings bass trombonist here | New

A partnership between the Warren County Memorial Library, Warren County Schools and the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra will provide a morning of music and fun for students and families in Warren County.

Those interested can stop by the library on Wednesday, August 10 at 10 a.m. for a 30-minute program that will feature NC Symphony bass trombonist Matthew Neff reading a book about music, talking about his instrument and how which other instruments produce their sounds – plus other surprises.

The North Carolina Symphony’s Music Discovery Program, funded by PNC Grow Up Great and the Warren County Community Foundation, is for preschool and elementary school-aged children and their families.

Matthew Neff has been the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra’s bass trombonist since January 2020. Prior to joining the Symphony Orchestra, he was a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C., playing bass trombone in the jazz ensemble Commodores, brass quintet and ceremonial band.

During his years in Washington, he had a long freelance career and performed with symphonies throughout the mid-Atlantic states. An advocate for music education, Neff has conducted master classes and clinics around the country and served as an adjunct professor of trombone at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., while maintaining an active private bass horn studio at him. Neff is enjoying his new home in Raleigh with his wife, Tricia, and two of their four daughters.

For more information about the library or to access electronic resources, go to for event details and additional services offered. All library programs are freely available. Call the library for more information at 252-257-4990. The library is located at 119 S. Front St., Warrenton.

Jeremy S. McLain