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Covid One Nine, by 5 Card Studs

Love these guys. Making light of an ugly situation. 5 Card Studs http://5cardstuds.bandcamp.com/

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Mini-clinic/mini-masterclass ideas, please!

I’m going to soon start a series of short clinics & masterclasses, and I want your input. What topics would you like me to cover? Please chime in ... See more

2 weeks ago

A message to my students during our Corona-quarantine!

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One positive to this mess is the fact that so many great musicians and educators are going bananas with online content (in a good way). There are dozens of new videos, masterclasses, and great ... See more

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Airmen of Note

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH | If you've followed our "Through the Years" historical series, you've learned that the Airmen of Note has done numerous recordings and performances with vocal legend Sarah ... See more

3 weeks ago
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Going online today from home......

3 weeks ago
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The show will go on.........I will continue to teach in person at @besound.music and at my home studio. Also happy to do FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts if you wish!

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3 weeks ago
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Here come the gig cancellations........

4 weeks ago
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Working on a new playing technique courtesy of the Corona virus and @gforcegarcia!

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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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