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Lakeland University - WI

Proud to have Chris as one of my students!

Time to see why another student is #HookedOnLu!

"I am originally from Sheboygan Falls, so Lakeland is close to home for me. I am majoring in music performance, and I hope to continue my education ... See more

4 days ago
Carolina Crown 2018 Hornline - Tuning Sequence [Tour Premiere] (Detroit, Michigan June 21st, 2018)

Carolina Crown Hornline 2018 going through their tuning sequence before the DCI 2018 Tour Premiere in Detroit, Michigan on June 21st, 2018. More content to c...

1 week ago

Playing with Orquesta Salsa Power tonight at La Pica. We start at 10pm.

1 week ago
Ten Reasons To Let Your Kid Major In Music

Janet and her husband are on the fence about their daughter's plan to major in music in college. Is that a foolhardy choice?

1 week ago
Be Sound Music

Parking! Now that school is on we cannot park across the street on Maryland Ave. until 4:30. However, there is often street parking available during the day around the "Prospect Triangle" (little ... See more

1 week ago

Back in the saddle after a long Labor Day weekend.......getting some face time with Belck Progessive Lip Flexibilities. 🎺💪

2 weeks ago

Just had a nice visit at Austin Custom Brass! Trent and the guys are the real deal and have a plethora of great horns, mouthpieces and accessories!

3 weeks ago

Playing some salsa today in Green Bay with UIC......always a fun gig!

3 weeks ago
David Hickman performs Hummel's Concerto for Trumpet in E

Just heard this for the first time......David Hickman’s interpretation and playing are amazing.

David Hickman presents a live performance of the Hummel Concerto in E during a 1997 European tour. Video presentation includes pages from the original manusc...

3 weeks ago
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Salsa Power at Cubanitas Cuban Festival!

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New teaching location – Milwaukee’s East Side

Starting August 1st I will be moving my teaching studio from Brass Bell Music Store to Be Sound Music Studio.  I’m excited to be joining a small, elite group of teachers that are dedicated to expert level instruction in a fresh, inspiring environment.  Stay tuned for details about an upcoming open house, clinics, small ensemble classes, and more!

Be Sound is located just off of North Ave and Prospect Ave on Milwaukee’s East Side, immediately north of Whole Foods and across the street from Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital.

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John Marchiando masterclass

An excellent masterclass by John Marchiando…….topics include breathing, tone quality, warm ups, etc. Well worth the hour of viewing time!

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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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