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…

Make Your Own Mouthpiece Buzzing Adapter

As you can see from the photo, my first Mouthpiece Buzzing Adapter was assembled many years ago, long before the more popular ones came on the market. I ran across mine this morning by accident and thought it would be an interesting project for you do-it-your-selfers out there. As close…

Who is Jim Morrison?

When we speak of great trumpet players, names such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Wynton Marsalis roll from our lips. But how familiar is the name Jim Morrison, and I am not speaking of the member of the famous rock band of the ‘60s; the Doors? If you…

Controlling Your Nerves Part 2

I have written earlier on the subject of nervousness while performing and most of my material dealt with the preparation for your performance. My suggestions were directed at learning your material to the point of perfection and once this has been achieved, most nervous anxieties will be lessened. There are…