David Bilger plays Tomasi and more!

One of the great orchestral trumpet players currently performing in the USA is David Bilger, principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  His playing exemplifies everything we strive for as trumpet players.  Listen and learn from a master!

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Dave Slonaker Big Band

Great band made up of L.A.’s finest.  Dig the trumpet section: Wayne Bergeron, Dan Fornero, Rick Baptist, Clay Jenkins, and Ron Stout!!

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R.I.P. Lew Soloff

One of the greatest trumpet players of all-time, Lew Soloff, passed away last night. Famous for the iconic trumpet work in the band Blood Sweat & Tears, Lew could play anything on the trumpet with fire, panache, and soul. Over his career he worked with many great bands (Machito, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, etc.), great artists (Aretha Franklin, Paquito D’Rivera, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Frank Sinatra, etc.), and on many film soundtracks. He was one of my personal favorite trumpet players and will be missed greatly.

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Kenny Rampton Warm Up and Practice Techniques

Excellent information for any trumpet player from Kenny Rampton of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

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Recommended Music!

Lay It Down – Al Green
Danzon – Arturo Sandoval
Big Swing Face – Buddy Rich
CSO Brass Live – Chicago Symphony Brass Live
Trumpet Concertos – Maurice Andre

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Mambo Legends Orchestra!

I’m long overdue for a blog post……here’s something to get things rolling again.  Great latin ensemble full of some best players on the East Coast.  Formerly the Tito Puente Orchestra.

 

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Trumpet fundamentals clinic on 10/5/13 at Melk Music!

Area band directors…….I’m presenting an informal masterclass on trumpet fundamentals at Melk Music Inc. this Saturday, Oct. 5th at 1:00pm. While I’m gearing it towards middle-school level students, high-school students will get something out of it too! It’s FREE and I won’t take more than 90 minutes of your time. Tell your students to bring their trumpet!

More information can be found at Melk Music’s website or Facebook event page.

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Arturo Sandoval – Trumpet and life lessons on Tip Tuesday!

Thank you Arturo Sandoval and Jens Lindemann for sharing what trumpet playing is all about!

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Chris Martin plays Arutunian!

Fantastic playing by Chris on one of the iconic concertos of the trumpet repertoire.

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Recommended Music!

Holst: The Planets – Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
Homage to Duke – Dave Grusin
In The Sun – Jane Monheit
Live In Osaka – Eastman Wind Ensemble
Straight Ahead – Count Basie Orchestra

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