Mouthpiece Online is an online magazine and resource for trumpet players, educators, students and enthusiasts alike. I aim to bring you advice, product features, artist interviews and more. Please feel free to comment on, and discuss any of this blog content.
This resource was set up by John Hutchinson, a UK pro trumpet player, teacher and arranger with extensive experience working with leading manufacturers.
As a young performer, John was a member of both the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain while studying at Chetham’s School of Music. He then went on to study at the Royal College of Music under James Watson and Malcolm Smith, where he was awarded the ‘Ernest Hall Prize for Trumpet’.
Graduating in 1999, John’s freelance trumpet career has included orchestral work with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera, the Royal Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic. In a commercial setting, he has also recorded and performed with Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai, Joss Stone, Ronan Keating, Corinne Bailey-Rae, Vanessa Mae, Shapeshifters and Bjork along with many other international artists.
In demand as a composer, arranger and producer, recent years have included projects with Lucky Chops, Superbrass, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Central Band of the Royal Air Force, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Barry Adamson, as well as varied musical content for online music libraries that can now be heard across all media settings.
A keen educator, John is the trumpet tutor at Shrewsbury School, Head of Brass at Sedbergh School and also offers online lessons to ambitious students around the world.
Over the years, John has worked with and consulted with many top trumpet manufacturers on instrument design and UK marketing, including Yamaha, Vincent Bach, Edwards, Eclipse and P.Mauriat. Through his trumpet website and blog, MouthpieceOnline.com, he also engages with over 80,000 trumpet-playing readers each month.