Who Is Your Favorite Child? Part 2

Just as it would be impossible to name my favorite child, it would also be impossible for me to name my favorite arrangement. To narrow the field down a little from the two hundred and fifty five arrangements that I have listed on my site, I thought I would list the top three (when possible) from each of the fifteen categories. Some have been selected for their creativity; some were included because of their uniqueness and some because of the possible value to the trumpet literature. Latin • Malaguenia • De Torreon a Lerdo • Girl from Ipanema • Besame…

Who Is Your Favorite Child? Part 1

After nearly eighteen months of adding arrangements to my trumpetensemblemusic.com site, I thought it would be appropriate to answer an often asked question- Which is your favorite arrangement? Just as it would be impossible to name my favorite child, it would also be impossible for me to name my favorite arrangement. To narrow the field down a little from the two hundred and fifty five arrangements that I have listed on my site, I thought I would list the top three (when possible) from each of the fifteen categories. Some have been selected for their creativity; some were included because…

How to Get Established in a New Area

After relocating to a new area, whether it be for employment, school, or just to move, we are faced with a similar problem- How do I get established in this new area? For a musician to get established is different from other activities. If you want to play baseball, you visit the cities Recreation Department. If you were active in your local Boy Scouts programs, you make calls to that organization. But where do you go and who do you contact to start playing music with others on your instrument in these new surroundings? To a seasoned veteran, we have…

When I Grow Up I Want To Play Like Bobby Shew

That is a strange statement coming from a nearly seventy year old trumpet player, but that is how I would have liked to have played. Bobby has had a tremendous impact on the trumpet world, not only because of his beautiful sound, range and very gifted improvisational skills, but his contribution to trumpet education and equipment advances have also been important. Before I continue with his many accolades, let me first tell you of the first time I met this giant of the horn. I first met Mr. Shew when I picked him up at a high school in the…