Further to my interview with Tom Clary, the master craftsman behind 'Clary Woodmutes' [read it here if you haven't already!], Tom has kindly sent me a beautiful Kramer Adjustable Cup model to try out. Crafted from gorgeous Sapele and Cherry woods, this model is named after Don Kramer, one of Tom's former teachers. The above … Continue reading Clary Woodmutes : Mute Review
Originally from Venezuela, Kissis Muñoz is now based in Miami and building a reputation for herself as a top trumpet player... What first attracted you to the trumpet? What made me fall in love with the trumpet was its sweet sound and also its strength. Any early musical influences? Yes, my dad runs a band … Continue reading Trumpet Artist Profile : Kissis Muñoz
Lasse Lindgren is a multi-faceted musician, with a reputation as a great 'lead' trumpet player as well as a great 'jazz' player. In recent times, he is also responsible for the resurrection of the great Ullvén Mute brand, made famous by players such as Dizzy Gillespie and Maynard Ferguson. Lasse kindly talks to me here … Continue reading Trumpet Artist Profile : Lasse Lindgren
Wow, this blew my mind! This "No-Airflow Mouthpiece" demonstration from John Snell and Brett Kendall at Bob Reeves Brass really does make you think about efficiency and what is actually required to make a trumpet work. Enjoy... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YIVc9wv6RI SIGN UP HERE FOR NEW BLOG ARTICLES EMAILED DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX:
I was recently sent a range of new products to take through their paces from BBICO - the British Band Instrument Company. Their Edgware range (named after their North London home) encompasses an intriguing ethos of sustainability.
Latvian trumpet player Jānis Porietis writes below about his new recording with Ilze Reine on organ, Distant Light featuring music exclusively by Latvian composers: " I am incredibly pleased to finally have a CD with Latvian composer music for trumpet and organ. All, but two pieces – Gloria (1989) and Larghetto (1982), have been commissioned in the last six … Continue reading Distant Light – Music for Trumpet and Organ
Established 2013 in Philadelphia by Chinese-born bass trombonist Sun He, Ultimate Brass started as a brass instrument repair studio and later became an innovative company that designs and makes brass instrument mouthpieces, trombones, trumpets, and brass instrument accessories. Ultimate Brass Mouthpieces and accessories are being used daily by members of the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, New … Continue reading Design Innovations : Ultimate Brass
Ken Saul is the founder of Ultra-Pure Oils LLC, and talks to us here about getting started with creating his first valve oil product and how that has developed in to the extensive range that we see today. Can you give a little of your background and your relationship with the trumpet. I started the … Continue reading Design Innovations : Ultra Pure Oils
Bob Reeves Brass have been at the forefront of brass custom work for many years now. The 'gap' between mouthpiece and the start of the lead pipe has long been a mystery that is brilliantly explained in this video by Brett.
Marcus Reynolds is an embouchure specialist and founder of the Stratos Embouchure System. I tells us here about his philosophy of 'Power over Pressure'.
In an effort to share the many ways the ITG serves the worldwide trumpet community, the International Trumpet Guild is regularly sharing content from the ITG Journal on their social media platforms (as well as here on MouthpieceOnline.com!). In January of 2020, they featured one of their ITG Honorary Award winners, Marie Speziale, in an … Continue reading Marie Speziale : Leading the Way
2020 was a tough year across the globe, but despite this, Evan Taylor continued his upward trajectory as a winner of 'Jazz in Europe 2020' and a finalist in the ITG's Jazz Improvisation Competition. So what is next for this talented young man?!
Jason Lewis has been Associate Principal Trumpet with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra since 2019, having previously been principal Trumpet with Scottish Opera. I am grateful for his time to speak to us here, about al things 'trumpet' including his new Adams A2 that he has been playing:
Education is a lifelong journey, and a journey that often starts in schools around the world that suffer from a lack of funding in music. It is more important than ever to find good quality and reliable resources to help children on their musical journey, as well as adults and advanced learners too. Trumpet Headquarters is a wonderful resource set up by Estela Aragon who was kind enough to talk to me here.
One of my favourite lockdown revelations over the past few months has been seeing the instagram posts of beautiful handcrafted leather products from Trumpet Bags. It's creator, Tomasz Dabrowski talks to me here about getting this great new project off the ground.
At the recent 2021 NAMM show I was fortunate to spend some (virtual) time with Melvin Quinones, founder of Victory Music Instruments based in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. He was kind enough to talk me through the Victory trumpet range and has also shared his fascinating story in this article: