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The Other Side Of The Bell - A Trumpet Podcast
Bob Reeves Brass Mouthpieces
This podcast features trumpet tips, trumpet player interviews, and stories from Bob Reeves.
3 days ago
Episode #109 Bill Bing
William Bing has recently retired as Director of Bands and Artist in Residence at the California Institute of Technology. During that time, he conducted over 250 concerts with the Caltech Jazz and Concert Band. He also served on the undergraduate admissions committee and was named an outstanding teacher by the students from Caltech Bill and his wife Delores have won many teaching awards including the Associated Students of Caltech Teaching Award, Pasadena Youth Music Council Teacher of the Year, and most recently Honorary Membership in the Caltech Alumni Association. For ten years he was a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, and for five years he was a performer with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He has published two method books for trumpet. Students that have studied with Bill have played with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Reel Big Fish, Poncho Sanchez, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and many other classical, rock, and jazz ensembles. His clinics and concerts have received rave reviews by other band directors from junior high school through the college level. For his clinic, Bill emphasizes sound, and from there, balance, intonation, and style. Links * Bill Bing Website * Bill Bing YouTube Channel * Sign Up for an Appointment with John in Boston at Virtuosity Music * Gard Bags at trumpetmouthpiece.com
1 hr 15 min
Sep 7, 2023
Episode #108 - Chris O'Hara
Chris O’Hara is an internationally renowned trumpet soloist, a chamber musician, and educator. His playing is described as “virtuosic and impressive in every way” (Chicago Music Examiner), and “a treat beyond measure” (Arlington Advocate), and the International Trumpet Guild Journal hails him as a “true master of [the] instrument.” Already in his young career, Chris has performed over 3,000 featured artist events covering 48 states and 12 countries across North America, Europe, Great Britain, and Asia. His performance schedule has taken him to notable venues such as the Italian Brass Week, Ravinia Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Norfolk Music Festival, the Festival de Camara de Musica in Aquacalientes Mexico, the Nagoya Conservatory of Music, the Newport Music Festival and Millennium Hall in Japan. Chris currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Elmhurst University and Concordia University. Chris is a clinician for Conn-Selmer Company and Denis Wick and has presented countless master classes and clinics at public schools and the world’s finest colleges and universities. He can be heard on recordings on the Paraclete and AAR labels. His latest releases, johann sebastian BACH with organist Mark Engelhardt, On Tour, Vol. 1 with the Alliance Brass, and the award-winning Now, O Now with the Illumine Trio can be found on the Rowjack label. His performances have also been broadcast on NPR, NBC, WGN, the Hallmark Channel, and more. Chris serves as Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Elmhurst University. You can find Chris on his Instagram and TikTok, as well as his music on Art of Sound Music.
1 hr 32 min
Aug 17, 2023
Episode #107 - Courtney Jones
The newest directions in 21st Century trumpet performance are being explored and defined by Courtney Jones, an award-winning Bach performing and recording artist who has also emerged as a leading figure in contemporary performance and pedagogy, conducting, and service to inner-city youth through music outreach programs. An artist who transcends stylistic boundaries and in high demand as a clinician and adjudicator, Courtney has performed with classical ensembles and orchestras throughout the United States, internationally, and has won multiple solo awards and accolades through regional and national trumpet competitions. This journey began in Jones’ hometown of Columbus, Georgia. While earning his Bachelor of Music degree at Columbus State University, Courtney performed with various Columbus State University ensembles and recorded with artists such as Jens Lindemann, Joseph Alessi, John Bruce Yeh, and the Columbus State University Wind Ensemble under the Naxos Music label. While completing his Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia, Courtney studied under the instruction of J. Carlton Rowe, former Principal Trumpet of the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band, Craig Fraedrich of The U.S. Army Blues, and performed as Substitute Principal with the Loudon Symphony Orchestra of Leesburg, Virginia. He also had additional studies with Steve Hendrickson of the National Symphony Orchestra Courtney conducted his doctoral studies at UCLA under the instruction of international soloist and former lead trumpet of the Canadian Brass, Jens Lindemann. During his time at UCLA, Courtney worked as a Teaching Associate for lecture courses and provided weekly lessons for university trumpet students under the direction of Lindemann. Winner of a Gluck Fellowship, Jones was then selected as the conductor of the UCLA Brass Ensemble during the latter part of his residency. His musicological research during this period explored 21st Century ideological and transcendental concepts of performance practice focusing on a lesser-known contemporary work of composer Frank Ticheli, The First Voice for Solo Bb Trumpet. The intention of this dissertation was to broaden the technical capabilities of 21st century performers and shed light on the ideological and philosophical foundations of Ticheli’s composition. While the study is largely analytic and interpretive, the main purpose and goal is to help modern trumpet players develop more confidence in performing Ticheli’s music and other contemporary compositions in related genres. Before completing his doctorate, Courtney was appointed as the Visiting Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the Voxman School of Music at the University of Iowa. During his two-year residency Jones served as the Principal Trumpet for the Iowa Faculty Brass Quintet, taught Graduate Brass Pedagogy and Literature, and served on recital and graduate committees. He was asked to lead the University’s top performing Jazz Ensemble (director on leave) and produced an engaging performance concert by the University’s Brass Ensemble (which had previously been inactive for a number of years) to showcase the importance of Brass Bands as an engaging training ground for solidifying technical and pedagogical facility for brass players. In addition to his applied obligations, Courtney performed with Orchestra Iowa, the Dubuque Symphony, and gave solo performances with both the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band and New Horizons Band. One of which was the Midwest Premiere of Kim Scharnberg’s Travelogue for Eb Trumpet. Besides performing with well-known jazz and popular artists, he has shared the stage with famous artists or groups such as Kenny Burrell, B.B. King, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Rihanna, Lalo Schifrin, Vanessa Williams, Boy George and The Culture Club, Jennifer Cox, and Stevie Wonder. In addition to his solo performance career, Courtney has performed with the Golden States Pop Orchestra, the Southeast Symphony Orchestra, the Macao Orchestra (China), the Pasadena Orchestra, the Debut Orchestra, the Inspiravi Chamber Orchestra, the Gateways Festival Orchestra, the Orchid City Brass Band, the Oslo Philharmonic (Norway), the Long Beach Opera, the Chamber Singers of Iowa City, the Salt-River Brass Band, the Gateways Brass Collective, and most recently had his Carnegie Hall and Metropolitan Art Museum performance debut this past May in New York. His feature film and television credits include music performed for “Glee,” “Notes from Dad,” “Cougar Town,” and “Criminal Minds” among other productions listed under the media tab of his website. Prior to his appointment at Florida Atlantic University as the Assistant Professor of Trumpet & Artistic Director of Jazz and Chamber Ensembles, Jones was a Lecturer of Music at Columbus State University while recording his Solo CD project, “Between 2 Worlds,” at the Joyce and Henry Schwob School of Music. Between teaching and solo performing engagements, Dr. Jones has and continues to promote music education and instrumental performance in inner-city schools through the Music Outreach Program at UCLA, The Harmony Project of Los Angeles, Trumpets 4 Kids in Dallas, Texas, and the Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. Each of these programs offers schoolchildren art-in-education opportunities. These programs are essential because they provide underserved, inner-city students, and communities with musical training and mentorship that would otherwise be inaccessible.
1 hr 20 min
Jul 27, 2023
Episode #106 - Marissa Benedict
Marissa Benedict was born in San Francisco, California and raised in Marin County where she started playing piano at age 7, violin at age 9 and trumpet at age 10 (studying with Joe Alessi, Sr.). She continued playing all three instruments until graduating from high school and moving to Los Angeles to attend USC, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance (June 1984), studying with Boyde Hood. Marissa is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Before leaving for Minnesota she was a freelance trumpet player in Los Angeles for 34 years. She is currently principal trumpet for The Pasadena Symphony/Pasadena Pops and plays regularly with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Los Angeles Master Chorale. Marissa recently performed and recorded Mahler’s 8th symphony in the Minnesota Orchestra’s Mahler Project, played for Charles Lazarus’ CD Merrier and Brighter (2022), Jack Stamp’s Chamber Music Volume 1 (released July 2023), and the Los Angeles Trumpet Ensemble’s Homage (release: August 2023), featuring eight of the top trumpeters in Southern California. She also toured with the L.A. Philharmonic on their “Boston to London” 2018 tour, and on 2019 tours to Asia and Scotland. She played for the 2019 Academy Awards (Oscars®) and recorded Celebrating John Williams with the L.A. Phil under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel. A very active and in-demand studio player, she can be heard on nearly 160 motion picture recordings, including Spider-Man No Way Home, Avatar 2: The Way of the Water, Lightyear, Incredibles II, Spider-Man Far from Home, Coco, Moana, Rogue One, Spider-Man, Homecoming, Indiana Jones IV, Avatar, The Polar Express, Spider-Man 2, Monsters, Inc., and War of the Worlds. Her television studio recording credits include Star Trek : Discovery, Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: Voyager and Deep Space Nine, JAG, Commander in Chief and Galavant. Marissa’s current trumpet studio consists of 16 trumpet students (Undergraduate, Master’s degree and Doctoral of Musical Arts), ranging from Bachelor of Arts, Music Ed, Music Performance, double majors of Computer Science/Performance and MuEd/Performance. All of her graduated MuEd and Performance majors are currently teaching music and/or performing in the Minneapolis area. She continues to recruit and give masterclasses and special guest performances throughout the Twin Cities and across the US and remains very active in the community.
1 hr 3 min
Jul 4, 2023
Episode #105 - Roy Wiegand
Roy Wiegand is a versatile and renowned trumpet player in the Los Angeles area. He has toured and performed with such well-known acts as The Who, Bobby Womack, Tom Jones, Mel Torme, Harry James Orchestra, and Wayne Newton. Roy has also shared the concert stage with artists like Shakira, Michael Bolton, Jeffery Osborne, Amy Grant, Matchbox 20, John Tesh, Carly Simon, and Art Garfunkel. Roy has also worked in the Hollywood studios playing on various recording sessions for motion pictures and television, including The Nutty Professor, the theme for America’s Funniest Home Videos, and countless commercial jingles. Roy is also an active member of the freelance scene in Los Angeles for over 40 years, covering many different styles from Jazz, Dixieland and big band, to production shows, and first trumpet in the Desert Symphony for over 20 years. In addition to his trumpet performance prowess, Roy is a very active athlete, participating in many competitive endurance running and cycling events as well many runs/rides for various charitable causes.
1 hr 15 min
Jun 18, 2023
Episode #104 - Keith Snell
Keith Snell has pursued a multifaceted music career as a trumpet soloist, freelance musician, composer/arranger, conductor and educator. His earliest musical training and performance experiences began at the age of six when he began learning to play the cornet in the Los Angeles Congress Hall Salvation Army Band. Keith performed with this world renown organization for twenty years for over twenty years. Keith received his B.A. from the California State University at Northridge and his M.A. from California State University at Long Beach. Both degrees were in Trumpet Performance and Instrumental Conducting. Keith has served on the faculties at the California State Universities at, Los Angeles, Northridge and Long Beach as well as at the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. As a freelance trumpet player, Keith has played numerous chamber and symphony orchestras, including the Pacific Symphony, Pacific Opera and the Burbank Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed on a variety of recordings for radio, motion picture and television soundtracks. As a solosist, Keith has performed solo recitals in both the U.S., Canada and Great Britain. Keith was one of the founding members of the California Brass Ensemble, and served as its Director for 24 years. Comprised of some of the worlds’s finest professional brass and percussion artists in Los Angeles, the ensemble presented over 3,000 concerts and educational performances. This award winning ensemble performed at such prestigious events as the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles and before many international dignitaries, religious leaders and heads of state, including five U.S. Presidents, and the Arch Bishop of Canterbury. A prolific arranger and composer, Keith served as editor for several series of educational publications by Belwin Mills, Columbia Pictures Publications, and Alfred Music Publishers. His works are also published by Theodore Presser and Warner-Chappell. Keith’s works for brass have been performed by professional ensembles and symphony orchestra brass sections in over 44 countries.
2 hr 2 min
Jun 14, 2023
Episode #103 -Neal Berntsen
Neal Berntsen joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra trumpet section in March 1997, having been appointed at the invitation of Music Director Lorin Maazel in 1996. He is a native of Tacoma, Washington. He began his musical studies at age five playing the violin under the tutelage of his mother. By age eight he advanced to the trumpet and ultimately received a B.M. from the University of Puget Sound and a M.M. from Northwestern University. A former member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Neal has also performed as Principal trumpet for the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra and the Bamberg Sinfoniker in Germany. Other orchestral performances have included the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Houston Symphony Orchestra. Active as a chamber musician, Neal is a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass whose recordings, “BACH: THE ART OF FUGUE” (1998), “A CHRISTMAS CONCERT” (2000), “THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS” (2003) and “A SONG OF CHRISTMAS” (2008) were described as “...Awhirl with color and rhythmic vitality – quite irresistible on every count.” by the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette. The recordings contain numerous arrangements by Neal Berntsen. Mr. Berntsen is also a founding member of the award-winning Asbury Brass Quintet, about which Fanfare magazine stated, “Not only expert but musical...undeniable virtuosity.” The ABQ’s recording with Adolph Herseth is widely regarded as an all time classic. Mr. Berntsen has toured Japan with members of the Chicago Symphony brass section as the Chicago Brass Soloists. In 2017 Mr. Berntsen gave the Pittsburgh premier of James MacMillan’s concerto for trumpet, Seraph performing with the Resonance Works Orchestra with the composer in attendance. In the summer of 2015 Mr. Berntsen premiered and recorded THE ANCIENT CALL for micro-tonal trumpet and orchestra written by Iranian-American composer Reza Vali under the baton of Keith Lockhart. Mr. Berntsen performed the piece on a specially modified trumpet, which enabled him to execute the Persian quarter tone scale. In 2018 his recording of THE ANCIENT CALL was named album of the year in Iran by Noise Magazine. Mr. Berntsen’s solo recording TRUMPET VOICES was released in Nov. 2005. Critics describe the recording as, “Electric... An indispensable recording for anyone who appreciates great trumpet playing.” As an educator, Mr. Berntsen is Chair of the Brass Division in the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Berntsen also serves on the Faculty of Roosevelt University in Chicago. Mr. Berntsen has presented master classes and recitals around the world. In summer 2009, Neal Berntsen began an association with the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina. Mr. Berntsen serves as Principal Trumpet for the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, performs chamber music, teaches trumpet and coaches chamber music at the festival.
1 hr 13 min
May 9, 2023
Episode #102 - Christine Kamau
Christine Kamau is a Trumpeter, Composer and Performing Artist from Kenya. Her Trumpet playing has been described as 'a wide-eared approach to jazz, paying attention to various styles without losing the jazz tonality'. Kamau credits her musical influences to Hugh Masekela, Maroon Commandos, Miles Davis among others. In 2012, Christine Kamau released an 8-track instrumental Afro-Jazz album titled 'This is for You'. The album offers an exciting listening experience, the music being a fusion of jazz with African music elements of ‘Benga’ and Rhumba’. This debut release earned positive reviews from the music community and also saw Kamau featured on a BBC music program titled ‘Africa Beats’ a series that showcased emerging music talent from Africa. A keen collaborator and campaigner for music as a tool for propagating unity, and having graced various stages around the continent, Christine Kamau has established a name on the African Jazz scene.
May 3, 2023
Episode #101 - Greg Spence and Julie Baxes
From playing lead trumpet at Carnegie Hall in New York to presenting for The International Trumpet Guild Conference, Yamaha Artist Greg Spence, has “been there and done that,” on the world’s biggest stages as a performer and educator. After publishing two top-selling books and the WindWorks course, Greg now spends his life sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience with the members of the WindWorks Trumpet Academy. After being on the brink of giving up from years of frustration, Greg has developed a revolutionary approach to playing that has transformed the lives of 1,000’s of brass players worldwide. Julie Baxes is an amateur trumpet player who began her music journey as a pianist, performing with church choirs, in small ensembles and for weddings and other special occasions. She picked up trumpet in her mid 40s and has studied with a variety of teachers over the years, most recently working exclusively with Greg Spence for the past 3 years. Julie has performed with the Jeffco Community Band, Jeffco Brass, and the Rocky Mountain Brassworks, a British-style brass band that performs in metro area venues. She began experiencing obvious symptoms of musician’s focal dystonia about 6 years ago. These migrated from rehearsals and performances to lessons and, eventually, the practice room, requiring her to leave her performing groups. Fortunately, she reconnected with Greg Spence after briefly studying with him previously. Together, they have been extensively researching musician’s focal dystonia, recording hundreds of session hours and developing comprehensive, effective recovery strategies. As a result, Julie has made remarkable progress toward her return to rehearsals and gigs. Julie has worked in the marketing communications and public affairs field for more than 30 years as a writer, editor, public speaker, staff manager, marketing and public affairs strategist, and special events manager. She holds a BA in journalism and a marketing minor from Arizona State.
1 hr 31 min
Apr 5, 2023
Episode #100 - Tony Kadleck
Trumpeter/composer/arranger/bandleader/educator Tony Kadleck is one of the most sought-after trumpet players on the New York City scene, and has been for some time. He moved to NYC in 1986, following his studies at the New England Conservatory–and a stint in the trumpet section of The Buddy Rich Big Band–and his phone has been ringing ever since. For good reason; at every turn, Kadleck puts the music first, and more than takes care of business. He graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 1989 and quickly hit the road with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Blood Sweat & Tears, and others. Eventually, Kadleck was in such high demand locally, for studio and stage work, that touring took a back seat. He played on countless jingles, scores for TV and film, and worked with the cream of the crop, including Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Issac Hayes, and most recently Steely Dan, Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga, Santana, Weezer, Steve Tyrell, and many, many others. In addition to an on-going abundance of freelance sideman work with NYC’s A-list artists, Kadleck is currently a member of many organizations, including the New York Pops, John Pizzarelli’s “Swing Seven”, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, John Fedchock’s NY Big Band, and can currently be heard on Broadway in the band for “MJ”. To say that Kadleck is a rare bird is a major understatement. Possessing the expertise, musical acumen, phrasing, range, chops, and the desire to handle gigs as diverse as the New York Pops and The Who (for example) with straight-ahead professionalism and excellence is not common. His prowess now bears fruit on his own project, Sides (to be released on Marshall Gilkes’ Alternate Side Records on February 10, 2023), which follows up his previous big band album, Around The Horn, and his debut as a leader, Extended Outlook.
1 hr 26 min
Mar 1, 2023
Episode #99 - Sarah Belle Reid
Sarah Belle Reid is a performer-composer who plays trumpet, modular synthesizer, and an ever-growing collection of handcrafted electronic instruments. Her unique musical voice explores the intersections between contemporary classical music, experimental and interactive electronics, visual arts, noise music, and improvisation. Often praised for her ability to transport audience members through vivid sonic adventures, Reid's sonic palette has been described as ranging from "graceful" and "danceable" all the way to "silk-falling-through-space," and "pit-full-of-centipedes" (San Francisco Classical Voice). Reid holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from California Institute of the Arts, with a research focus on the development of new electronic instruments and musical notation systems as interfaces for exploring temporal perception and co-creation. Her debut album for trumpet and interactive electronics, "Underneath and Sonder," was released on pfMENTUM in October, 2019. In March 2021, she released an electroacoustic EP titled “MASS”, featuring trumpet, voice, electronics, and amplified objects. Show Notes for this episode can be found here.
1 hr 14 min
Feb 1, 2023
Episode #98 - David Krauss
David Krauss is the prodigious host of Speaking Soundly, Co-Founder of ANM, and Principal Trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed with the All-Star Orchestra on their Emmy Award-winning PBS broadcast and was praised by the American Record Guide for his "singing tone, which is luxurious and inviting." He has performed as guest Principal Trumpet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic, as well as recorded for film and television, and played on several Broadway shows. David is a highly sought-after instructor at the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music, Aspen Music Festival and School, and other top conservatories and music festivals throughout the United States.
1 hr 16 min
Jan 11, 2023
Episode #97 - Larry Meregillano
Larry Meregillano is a Eclipse artist/clinician. He started his professional career playing in big bands in San Diego in the early 1970’s. In 1976, he was hired to play in Tom Ranier’s Show band at Disneyland. A year later, Mr. Meregillano joined the gospel group Truth and soon after went on to perform and tour with The Bill Gaither Trio. While traveling and recording with The Bill Gaither Trio, he also recorded with Sandi Patti, David T, Clydsdale, Ron Huff, Don Marsh and many others. In 1980, Larry returned to California and became the lead trumpet player for the world-famous Disneyland Band. In the late 1980’s, Larry was hired to play in the PTL Television Orchestra with Jim and Tammy Faye Baker. From there he joined Princess Cruise lines as Musical Director. After many years, Mr. Meregillano moved to Orlando, Florida, where he performed with many bands at Walt Disney World, MGM Studios, Epcot Center, Universal Studios and Pleasure Island. He has also been the Musical Direc…
1 hr 10 min
Dec 5, 2022
Episode #96 - Bobby Medina and Paul Baron
Body Mechanics Mastery Course Two years in the making, this is the most comprehensive trumpet course on the net! For all levels of players from beginners to seasoned pro's. Whether you're a soloist, lead player, symphonic, jazz, commercial or other, you'll learn the science behind total mind body integration resulting into amazing sound, musicality, range, endurance, tonguing, fingering, pedal tones, intonation, flexibility and much more. This specialized training pulls back the curtain so you learn easily through bite sized videos. The 19 modules and 175+ videos take the mystery out of trumpet playing and immediately insures to get you on the road to success. This program is not only endorsed by numerous world class professional trumpeters but also by players just like you! About Bobby Medina Four solo recordings under his name along with world tours and live performances with legendary musical artists including Ray Charles, Frankie Valli, Wayne Newton, Mel Torme, Temptations, Na…
1 hr 17 min
Sep 27, 2022
Episode #95 - Lasse Lindgren
Lasse Lindgren works as a jazz musician, trumpet player, composer, rehearsal leader, bandleader and lecturer. Ever since Louis Armstrong’s unique trumpet voice captured my ear at the age of five, I have tried in different ways to express myself with my own individual voice on the trumpet, an instrument I was given at the age of eight. I was born in 1962 in Gothenburg, Sweden. I studied at the music departments of the high schools of Ljungskile 1980–81 and Ingesund 1981–83 and at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm 1984–86. Lasse Lindgren worked busily as a freelance jazz-and-lead trumpeter during his years as a music student and in the years following during the ‘80s when he lived in Stockholm. The first band under Lasse’s own leadership was called “Outfront” and this was followed by another that among its activities toured with valve-trombonist and composer Bob Brookmeyer. Lasse then started a family and moved to Sandviken, working as jazz-and-lead trumpeter wit…
1 hr 26 min
Feb 1, 2022
Episode #94 - Mary Elizabeth Bowden
Classical Trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden has built a rapidly ascendant career as a soloist, praised for her “splendid, brilliant” playing (Gramophone Magazine) and the clarity, purity, and power of her sound. A Gold Medal Global Music Award Winner, Opus Klassik Nominee, and Yamaha Performing Artist, Mary has also worked to establish a new repertoire for the trumpet through creative, collaborative commissioning projects and award-winning albums. Her upcoming season includes additional performances of the Fung concerto with the Santa Fe Symphony, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Shenandoah Conservatory Orchestra, and San Diego State University Orchestra. Mexican composer Gina Enríquez Morán has been engaged to write a concerto for Mary to be premiered by the World and European Brass Association. Bowden is slated to perform Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s American Concerto with the Las Vegas Philharmonic in 2022. She will also make her debut in Turkey with a performance of Lowell Liebe…
1 hr 15 min
Sep 15, 2021
Episode #93 - Vinnie Ciesielski
Attending Towson University in Maryland,Vinnie Ciesielski majored in music performance on trumpet, which he has played professionally for over 50 years. Since coming to Nashville in 1992, Vinnie has played on over 6000 recordings with artists such as Lady A, Lacy Kaye, Dave Barnes, Lance Neilson, Jeremy Lister(Street Corner Symphony) Fame Gang, Lyle Lovett, Travis Tritt, Tracy Byrd, Smokey Norful, Tanya Tucker, Glenn Frey, T.D. Jakes, Byron Cage, Little Milton, Marvin Sapp, Jill Scott, Hezekiah Walker, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Gregg Allman, Kirk Franklin, Queen Latifah, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton, Demi Lovato, Grace Potter, Delbert McClinton, Alison Krauss, Taylor Swift, The Clark Sisters, Thomas Rhett, Nuno Betencort, Marcus Scott(Tower of Power) Steven Tyler, Vince Gill, Michael MacDonald, Keb Mo, Johnny Taylor, Bobby Blue Bland, Via Con Dios, Martina McBride, Don Was, Zac Brown band, Foy Vance, Terri Clark, Chely Wright, Stevie Nicks and many more. He has…
1 hr 48 min
Aug 25, 2021
Episode #92 - "Hollywood" Paul Litteral
Paul Litteral was born and raised in Western Kentucky and by the fifth grade he knew that he was going to play the trumpet. After enlisting in the U.S. Navy as a musician, Paul began to build his career in New York, playing in Broadway hits such as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, A Chorus Line and Chess. In 1978, Paul and saxophonist Arno Hecht founded the well-known group called The Uptown Horns. Paul and the Uptown Horns went on their first rock and roll tour with the J. Geils Band in 1981, which lead to many other opportunities, including engagements with The Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, Tom Waits, Joe Cocker, James Brown, Pat Benatar, and Ray Charles. The band lists recording credits on over 150 albums including James Brown's Grammy Award winning “Living in America” and tracks for Joe Cocker, Albert Collins, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Palmer, Lou Reed and REM. Now based in Los Angeles, Paul has found critical success in his writing with Hoboken to Hollywood, which earned hi…
1 hr 32 min
Jul 20, 2021
Episode #91 - Philippe Schartz
Born in Luxembourg, Philippe Schartz developed an early interest in the trumpet from listening to his father play in the village wind band. His passion was cultivated by his teachers who have included Dino Tomba, a great friend and mentor. He continued his studies at the Royal College of Music in London with the late David Mason, and then was invited to join the Special Student programme at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. A winner of many prizes and awards, he has developed a highly successful career as an orchestral and a chamber musician as well as a soloist, performing all over Europe, the USA, South America , China and Japan. As a member and Principal Trumpet of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, and the founding Principal Trumpet of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra until the summer of 2002, and currently, Principal Trumpet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales since 1999, he has performed to much critical acclaim under conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Bou…
1 hr 14 min
Jun 17, 2021
Episode #90 - Philip Lassiter
Philip Lassiter is an 11-time Grammy award winning horn/string arranger, and former section leader/arranger of Prince and the New Power Generation. Currently based in L.A., Philip has quickly garnered respect as the go to arranger and trumpet player for iconic artists such as: Prince, Kirk Franklin, Ariana Grande, Timbaland, Roberta Flack, Jill Scott, Rodney Darkchild Jerkins, Hamilton w/ Barack Obama, Cece Winans, Kelly Rowland, Fantasia, Anderson Paak, Yelawolf, Queen Latifa, Al Jarreau, Fred Hammond, The Isley Brothers and more. At age 6, he unwittingly met his first love – the piano – and began belting out Amazing Grace like no other kid in Mobile, Alabama. Being the son of a preacher – a man “who sweated every ounce until he was red in the face” – Philip learned how to captivate an audience and he’s taken that spirit on his own unique mission ever since. A stint in St Louis brought the beauty of big band noise and an ear for improvisation. College in Florida harn…
1 hr 42 min
Apr 26, 2021
Episode #89 - Boyde Hood
A native of Dallas, Texas, retired Los Angeles Philharmonic trumpeter Boyde Hood received his BM degree in trumpet performance from the Eastman School of Music and master of music degree in theory and composition from Ball State University. He is a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and performs regularly with the Philharmonic's New Music Group and the Philharmonic Brass Trio. Mr. Hood has played principal trumpet with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theater and has recorded extensively for major motion picture and television studios. He has been a member of the Dallas and Milwaukee Symphonies, assistant principal of the Rochester Philharmonic, and first trumpet with the Marlboro Festival Orchestra. Mr. Hood joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in January 1982 and has appeared as a soloist with the Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl; as a conductor, he has led Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra brass musicians in several fanfares. Since h…
2 hr 1 min
Feb 9, 2021
Episode #88 - James Morrison
James Morrison is, by anybody’s standard, a virtuoso in the true sense of the word. Besides the trumpet, this multi-instrumentalist also plays trombone, piano, saxophone and double bass. At the age of six he started on piano, at seven he took up brass, at nine he formed his first band and at thirteen he was playing professionally in nightclubs. His international career developed just as quickly with a debut in the USA at the Monterey Jazz Festival at age sixteen. Following this were performances at the world’s major jazz festivals, including Montreux, North Sea, Nice and the Hollywood Bowl, playing with many of the legends of jazz - Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ray Brown and Wynton Marsalis to name a few. James also frequents the world’s most famous jazz clubs – Birdland, The Blue Note and Village Vanguard in New York, the New Morning in Paris, the Tokyo Blue Note and Ronnie Scott’s in Londo…
1 hr 17 min
Dec 16, 2020
Episode #87 - Steve Dillard
Steve Dillard is a professional freelance trumpet player, founder of the popular HornTrader website, and an educator. Steve’s first love has always been playing trumpet. Starting with his early work playing at Disneyland and performing on cruise ships, Steve's professional experience now spans several decades and includes performances with the San Diego Symphony, musical theater productions, touring acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd, and studio work. One of the first to teach online using SKYPE and YouTube, Steve has been able spread his knowledge and love of the trumpet the world over. His teaching mantra “I believe I can help YOU,” recorded in January 2012, can be seen on YouTube. Besides his performance experience, Steve also has a wealth of knowledge from his work in the Calicchio and Benge trumpet factories. As an apprentice to Dominic Calicchio, Steve learned the fine art of brass craftsmanship with hands on experience. At Benge under Zig Kanstul, Steve had many jobs including sl…
1 hr 27 min
Nov 24, 2020
Episode #86 - Adrian Kelly
Trumpeter Adrian Kelly has built an international career as a multi-faceted musician; performing, recording, and writing pop, classical, and jazz music. Adrian is currently working towards a PhD at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where he researches adapting acting methods to trumpet playing and as part of that research he has released a set of etudes available from QPress Music. Adrian’s jazz quartet has performed in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia and his jazz compositions have been performed and recorded by artists around the world. His quartet has released two albums in 2020. The first, "Visions", is a suite of pieces for improvising quartet written to accompany the visual art of Robert John Kelly (Adrian's father). The second album, Cry, "Wolf!", is an album of music featuring an artificial intelligence 'improviser' along with an electric jazz quartet. Adrian’s freelance playing includes being a member of Motown legend Bobby Taylors ban…
1 hr 3 min
Sep 21, 2020
Episode #85 - Simon Sweeney
Simon Sweeney is a professional trumpet player and educator based in Sydney. He is a studio musician and has been prolific in the live music scene since 1993. As a member of the Jazz Faculty at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music since 2010 he has taught many of the young players currently working in the Sydney scene. Simon has appeared as guest Principal trumpet with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Film recording credits include Happy Feet, The Great Gatsby, The Extra and The Bank. Simon has played on over 40 professional musical theatre productions since the mid 90s. He has played lead trumpet for Michael Bublé, George Benson, Paloma Faith and Tim Minchin. As a jazz musician he has toured and recorded with Mike Nock, played with the Space Cadets, recorded with the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra and he is currently co-lead trumpet of the Australian National Jazz Orchestra…
1 hr 30 min
Jul 29, 2020
Episode #84 - Danny Falcone
Daniel Falcone began working professionally in Las Vegas at age 15. The son of Vincent Falcone, musical director, pianist and conductor for Frank Sinatra, he literally grew up on stage. Starting in high school, Daniel backed the likes of Tony Bennett, Rita Moreno, Jerry Lewis, George Burns, Andy Williams, Jack Jones, Paul Anka and many other headliners on the Las Vegas Strip. Danny has toured around the world with both the Tom Jones Band and Paul Anka's band as the lead trumpet player. He has performed in many Las Vegas productions, including Ricky Martin's production, “Storm”, "Jersey Boys", Bette Midler's show "The Showgirl Must Go On", and as lead trumpet for Celine Dione in her Las Vegas show and world tour for the last 10 years. He has played with Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns for many years. Daniel has most recently been hired to play lead trumpet with Lady Gaga on her new Jazz and Piano show. TV credits include Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay…
1 hr 2 min
Jul 15, 2020
Episode #83 - Morris Northcutt
Morris Northcutt’s playing has been described as artistic, lyrical and expressive with a beautiful, smooth, and rich tone. At home in all musical styles from swing to Broadway to classical, this Global Music Award Winner and Bach Conn-Selmer Solo Performing Artist has shared the stage with a wide range of performance groups from Mannheim Steamroller, Critical Mass Big Band, The Blues Brothers Reunion Band, Puget Brass, and the Tacoma Concert Band to the Seattle Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Breath of Aire, and the Tacoma Symphony. Morris has even performed the National Anthem for the Seattle Mariners Baseball Team. After experiencing several unexpected personal losses and having taken nearly 12 years off from focused attention to the trumpet, Morris began a systematic approach to his practice sessions to not only bring back his playing but to take it to the next level. Focusing on his purpose led to an explosion on social media interested in his sound, style, and phrasing. This newly…
1 hr 4 min
Jun 16, 2020
Episode #82 - Karl Sievers
Dr. Karl Sievers enjoys a successful and varied performance career, having performed in countless studio sessions, on live television, in jazz ensembles, chamber music of all kinds, solo recitals, and in symphony orchestras. Karl is principal trumpet for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Norman Philharmonic, part of the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra, and he performs with local groups the Frontier Brass Band and the Opulent Brass Quintet. He has performed with artists such as Doc Severinsen, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Al Jarreau. Karl Sievers has been a professor at The University of Oklahoma since 1999 and was named the 2017 Irene and Julian J. Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts at the University of Oklahoma Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts. A student of William Adam at Indiana University, Karl has been instrumental in hosting and organizing the International William Adam Trumpet Festival. The 6th Annual festival will be from…
1 hr 11 min
Jun 12, 2020
Episode #81 - Matthias Höfs
When he was six years old, Matthias Hoefs declared the trumpet “his instrument, because it shines so nicely”. He received his musical education from Professor Peter Kallensee at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre, and from Profes- sor Konradin Groth at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. When just 18 years of age, he was engaged as Solo-Trumpeter at the Philharmonic State Orchestra in Hamburg, where he enjoyed the fascinating world of opera for 16 years. At the same time, Hoefs became a member of the GERMAN BRASS Ensemble, with whom he continues to achieve worldwide success. Since their first joint concert in 1985, he writes for himself and his colleagues tailored arrangements which span more then one genre and continue to inspire the world of Brass. Matthias Hoefs has always shown a pioneering spirit, and thus has consistently widened the horizon of his instrument, either by close cooperation with other composers, who feel themselves inspired by hi…
1 hr 9 min
May 20, 2020
Episode #80 - Jim Manley
Jim Manley figures he had spent around 10,500 plus nights playing his trumpet around town in his hometown of St. Louis since the 1970’s. His recordings have gathered critical acclaim as well and have traveled all over the world. Jim’s forays into the stratosphere are musically exciting and unbelievable to his peers. In the past few years he has branched out as a band leader, composer, and clinician.Jim has been featured as a guest soloist with many bands across the country, including as a featured soloist at the annual Trumpet Party in Amsterdam in 2006. Jim’s group Horns in the House” was the opening act for the legendary Maynard Ferguson. Every year Jim headlines at “Jazz at the Bistro” one of the foremost jazz clubs in the country to sell out crowds. His approach to brass playing has gained world-wide attention via his many students and now several youtube clips. Jim is a clinician and teaches players of all ages in his teaching studio at home and via Skype worldwide.
1 hr 6 min
May 6, 2020
Episode #79 - Bria Skonberg
Bria Skonberg is a trailblazing triple threat trumpeter, singer and songwriter. Born in British Columbia, Canada and now residing in New York City, the Juno Award winner for Best Vocal Jazz Album has performed hundreds of festivals and stages the world over, including New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival and Montreal Jazz Festival. Called the “shining hope of hot jazz” by the NY Times, Bria has been at the forefront of a revival of classic American music as both a performer and educator, programming concerts and workshops for students of all ages; She is currently developing educational activities for the Louis Armstrong House Museum and co-directs the New York Hot Jazz Camp she co-founded in 2015. Described as “one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (Wall Street Journal), she has performed the music of Aretha Franklin alongside Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, played with U2 at the Apollo, sat i…
1 hr 5 min
Apr 29, 2020
Episode #78 - Christopher Still - Honesty Pill
Honesty Pill founder Christopher Still joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Second Trumpet in 2007. Before coming to California, he was the Principal Trumpet of the Colorado Symphony. He has also held the positions of Associate Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Symphony and Principal Trumpet of the Charleston (SC) Symphony. Christopher has recorded extensively with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Grant Park, Dallas, and Albany symphony orchestras. Active in the Hollywood recording studios, he can be heard on major motion picture and television soundtracks. He is a Yamaha Artist, a dedicated educator, and an active clinician. Honesty Pill is a project where Chris creates focused, actionable plans that help musicians and other creatives address the issues standing between them and their goals. Intermediate through professional instrumentalists and singers can benefit from Honesty Pill coaching. This includes motivated high school students, college students, serious hobbyists, and professi…
Apr 24, 2020
Episode #77 - David Elton
David Elton is principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra since December 2017 and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 2011. David is also a trumpet professor at the Royal College of Music in London, and a member of the Australian National Academy of Music brass faculty in Melbourne. As a soloist, David has performed Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in Vietnam with the London Symphony Orchestra, given the world-premiere of James Ledger’s Trumpet Concerto (a work that was written for him) with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing other concerti with various orchestras including the Sydney and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Prior to his LSO and SSO appointments, David Elton was Principal Trumpet with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (2005-2011) and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (2000-2004). He has also performed as a Guest Principal Trumpet with the New York Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mahler Chamber…
Apr 20, 2020
Episode #76 - Gary Guthman
Gary Guthman, originally from Portland Oregon, started his career at the age of nine. As a young teen, Gary was a member of the nationally acclaimed "Seldom Six" Dixieland Band, comprised of 12 to 14 years old who traveled the United States performing stage shows and conventions. He was fortunate to study privately with Jack Dalby, Joyce Johnson, James Smith and the recently retired (after 38 years!) principal trumpet of the Oregon Symphony – Fred Sautter. After attending Portland State University, Gary was pleased to do short stints with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (lead by Lee Castle), Stan Kenton Orchestra, Don Ellis Orchestra and the Louis Bellson Orchestra. In the early 1980's, Gary moved to Canada. Within the next few years, he became known as one of Canada's premier lead and commercial trumpeters, playing on over 100, televised "ITV IN Concert" performances as well as numerous radio shows, jingles, movie sound tracks and in concert. 1995 saw the inception of Gary Guthman’s…
1 hr 12 min
Apr 13, 2020
Episode #75 - Tom Clary of Clary Woodmutes
Tom Clary is a freelance trumpet-player/composer/arranger/woodworker/mute-maker and sometimes-attorney living in Memphis, Tennessee. Tom was born in Northern Ireland, grew up in South Arkansas and moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1989 to study Jazz Composition at Memphis State University. In 1991, Tom won a NARAS Student Grammy for his composition “Ludicrous Dreams” and dropped out of school to pursue a music career, playing mostly in the house band at B.B. King’s Blues Club on Beale Street, freelancing, doing session work, working as an audio engineer, writing library music and horn arrangements, and writing show-music for marching band. Tom eventually finished his music degree in 2002 and went on to complete a law degree at the University of Memphis in 2005. He practiced law full-time for approximately 13 years. He still maintains a very-small law practice, but has returned to play and write music full-time, while making and selling trumpet mutes out of wood in his garage. Learn…
Apr 7, 2020
Episode #74 - Nathan Samuelson
Nathan Samuelson is a trumpet player and vocalist who guest entertains on cruises across the world. His sound is jazz, but with a pop sensibility. Nathan has studied under master teachers such as Dominic Spera, Alan Hood, and his mentor --international trumpeter and producer Gary Guthman. Nathan’s singing is reminiscent of the classic crooners of the 20th century, which complements his smooth, melodic and hip trumpet style. Nathan has shared the stage with world class artists such as late soul icon Clem Curtis of “Build Me Up Buttercup” fame, and New Zealand's esteemed lyric tenor, Ben Makisi. After nearly twenty-two years of honing his craft, Nathan launched his debut album in August 2018. “City Lights Ahead” is a genre-bending love letter to the open sea, and the starry embrace of the shore after a dark, stormy night. Learn more about Nathan at nathansamuelsonmusic.com and visit bobreeves.com/74 for the show notes for this episode.
1 hr 1 min
Mar 23, 2020
Episode #73 - Tom Hooten
Thomas Hooten is Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Hooten began his career in 2000 with a trumpet/cornet position in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C., where he was often a featured soloist. He went on to join the Indianapolis Symphony as Assistant Principal Trumpet in 2004, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 2006, and the LA Philharmonic in 2012. He released Trumpet Call, his first solo album, in 2011. In 2019, he recorded John Williams’ Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, which was conducted by the composer. Hooten is on the faculty at the University of Southern California where he and his wife, Jennifer Marotta, teach the trumpet studio. A native of Tampa, Florida, he earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Florida and his Master of Music degree from Rice University. His primary trumpet teachers have included Armando Ghitalla, John Hagstrom, and Don Owen. Learn more abou…
1 hr 30 min
Feb 12, 2020
Episode #72 - Ralph Pyl
Ralph Pyl started trumpet at age 12 on the northern beaches of Sydney Australia beginning his career studying and learning with US trumpet players and mentors John Hoffman and Dick Montz. Ralph has performed and recorded with many artists both in Australia and overseas. Ralph’s credits have also seen him playing in several stage and theatre productions and has his recording credits include over 150 albums and numerous motion picture sound tracks and TV commercials. Ralph has been a member of the Channel Nine Midday Show Band. Other TV show bands include playing with the John Foreman Orchestra on Australian Idol for 7 years. Ralph is currently working in Sydney and interstate as a freelance trumpet player involved in a number of different projects. He fronts his own bands the “Sydney All Star Big Band”, “Back to Back” and regularly features in a number of James Morrison’s bands. Learn more about Ralph at www.ralphpyl.com.
1 hr 12 min
Jan 3, 2020
Episode #71 - Reinhold Friedrich
Reinhold Friedrich has been a prolific performer on major stages around the world such as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Berlin Philharmonie. As a soloist, Reinhold Friedrich performs both on modern and historic keyed trumpet with renowned ensembles such as the Bamberger and Wiener Symphoniker, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Berliner Barock Solisten and the Cappella Andrea Barca; conducted amongst others by Sir András Schiff, Reinhard Goebel, Sir Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Semyon Bychkov, Michael Gielen, Adam Fischer and Vladimir Fedossejev. From 1983 to 1999 Reinhold Friedrich held the position of solo trumpeter at the Radio Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt. He is permanent solo trumpeter of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado, now Riccardo Chailly, and artistic director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra Brass Ensemble. Reinhold Friedrich is a professor of trumpet at Karlsruhe Unive…
Dec 12, 2019
Episode #70 - Greg Adams
Greg Adams is a founding member of the band Tower of Power and became widely known for his trumpet playing and horn arranging. This lead to collaborations in the studio and live on stage with the world’s premier artists such as Elton John, Santana, The Rolling Stones and countless others. After 25 years with Tower of Power, Greg broke out on his own as a solo artist and with his first album Hidden Agenda, scored a hit with the single Smooth Operator. Greg’s latest venture is his band East Bay Soul which plays a blend of Funk, Jazz, Soul & R & B. The band is celebrating their 10th anniversary with the release of their 5th album, a christmas album titled Underneath the Mistletoe. Go to bobreeves.com/70 for this episode's show notes.
1 hr 19 min
Nov 5, 2019
Episode #69 - Dontae Winslow
Dontae Winslow is one of the most versatile in-demand trumpeter/arranger/composers on the Hollywood music scene. His trumpet/arranging/songwriting can be heard on classics such as Kanye West’s grammy winning “We Major” from the multi-platinum Late Registration, Jayz’s “I Made it”, Dr. Dre’s Compton Movie Soundtrack (where Dontae composed the iconic fanfare intro and played solos throughout the album). Dontae has performed in front of millions with Justin Timberlake in the 2020 Experience World tour, Legends of Summer World Tour, and Man of The Woods World Tour. He has alo been on the bands of Lady Antebellum (You Look Good), D’angelo (Vodoo), Kamasi Washington, Raphael Saadiq, Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, and most recently has been the arranger, orchestrator, and Music director for Queen Latifah. His new work “Trumpet And A Mic”, available everywhere, is a short film he directed, orchestrated, and composed music for about his life and overcoming obstacles while turnin…
1 hr 19 min
Oct 15, 2019
Episode #68 - Niall O'Sullivan
This episode features Irish trumpeter Niall O'Sullivan. Niall has performed all over the world, from orchestral playing to his solo theatre show. Leading his own ensemble, Niall and his fellow musicians dazzle the public and give them a fresh appreciation for trumpet playing everything from Back to Brecht, Handel to Hammerstein and Purcell to Piazzolla. Niall has toured extensively in the US along with his wife, vocalist Shona, with their hit show "My Funny Valentine." He has performed live with Perry Como, Dionne Warwick, The Pogues, Lalo Schifrin, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and many more. His latest album "Niall O'Sullivan and Friends" was produced by Julian Lloyd Weber and Gavin Murphy and features duets with opera star Danielle de Niese, jazz guitarist Larry Carlton, and among other top musicians. Niall is a Schilke international performing artist and is represented by Polaris Artist Management. For more information, visit the show notes for this episode at bobreeves.com/68.
Sep 12, 2019
Episode #67 - John Hutchinson, MouthpieceOnline.com
John Hutchinson is our special guest this episode. John is a trumpeter, arranger, composer, teacher and blogger. Graduating from the Royal College of Music, London in 1999, he began his freelance career working with many of the UK's major orchestras as well as recording and performing with major international pop acts such as Joss Stone and Bjork. These days, John concentrates mainly on his media composition and production, brass and jazz arranging, and his trumpet teaching at some of the UK's top schools. Having worked alongside numerous trumpet manufacturers over the years he also now engages with over 50,000 trumpeters around the world each month through his specialist trumpet website, MouthpieceOnline.com. The show notes for this episode may be found at bobreeves.com/67.
Jun 25, 2019
Episode #66 - Hub van Laar, Van Laar Trumpets & Flugelhorns
Hub van Laar founded his company in 1990 in Margraten, near Maastricht, on the border triangle to the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Beginning as a workshop for brass wind instruments, the company expanded rapidly under the direction of Hub van Laar and Heidrun Jöchner to become an enterprise of world repute. Learn more about Van Laar Trumpets & Flugelhorns at vanlaartrumpets.nl. The show notes for this episode can be found at bobreeves.com/66.
May 20, 2019
Episode #65 - Robert Karon, TrumpetBob.com
A native of New Orleans, Robert Karon received his Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Music from UCLA and Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York City. He was the recipient of the Longy Award for achievement in Solfege. His teachers include Robert DiVall, Irving Bush, William Vacchiano, and Arnold Jacobs. Proficient in three languages, Karon toured South America, the Far East, and Europe during his two years with the Mexico City Philharmonic and played first trumpet with the Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela. In contrast, Karon also toured nationally with Engelbert Humperdinck and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. Upon his return to the U.S., Karon has performed as principal trumpet of the Sacramento Symphony as well as a member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and other Los Angeles based freelance orchestras. His recording credits for film and television include soundtracks for Jag, Star Trek, and Hello Dolly. Bob Karon has taught at Occidental College,P omona College,…
Apr 8, 2019
Episode #64 - Wim Van Hasselt
Wim Van Hasselt is a Belgian soloist and chamber musician. Currently based in Switzerland, the artist performs regularly in Europe, North America and Asia. For many years Wim Van Hasselt was a member of the trumpet section with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. Prior to this he held the same position with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, as well as fulfilling guest engagements with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. For some time now, Wim Van Hasselt has placed a central focus on his work as a soloist and chamber musician. In 2015 he became a founding member of the international brass quintet 'Brass United'. Learn more about Wim at www.wimvanhasselt.com. The show notes for this episode are at www.bobreeves.com/64.
Nov 30, 2018
Episode #63 - Peter Bond
Trumpeter Peter Bond is beginning his 19th season with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra. A native of Illinois, Mr. Bond earned a degree in Music Education from Western Illinois University with the intention of becoming a high school band director, but decided to instead to pursue a playing career. He was invited by a former professor to do graduate work at Georgia State University, where he began serious orchestral training with Atlanta Symphony principal trumpet John Head. For the next seven years, Mr. Bond enjoyed a busy career as a freelance musician in Atlanta. In 1987 he he took his first orchestra audition and was appointed principal trumpet in the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. Five years later, he won his position with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. The show notes for this episode can be found at bobreeves.com/63
Oct 25, 2018
Episode #62 - Tiger Okoshi
Tiger Okoshi is our featured guest this episode. Tiger is a professor at Berklee College of Music and leader of the group Tiger's Baku. He has performed with Buddy Rich, Tony Bennett, Gary Burton, Dave Grusin, Dave Liebman, Pat Metheny, and many others. Tiger's recordings include six CDs as leader on J.V.C. Records as well as Gary Burton's Times Square, Dave Grusin's NY-LA Dream Orchestra, and Dave Liebman's Meditation Suite. The show notes for this episode are at www.bobreeves.com/62.
Sep 10, 2018
Episode #61 - Markus Stockhausen
Our special guest this episode is Markus Stockhausen, born in 1957, trumpeter and composer is well-known as a versatile artist, at home in many genres. For 25 years he performed with his father the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, who wrote numerous works for him. As a trumpeter he performs on the international stage and he has composed among others for the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Sinfonietta, the Metropole Orkest, the Swiss jazz Orchestra and the Camerata Bern, the Hamburger Symphoniker and for the Norddeutsche Philharmonische Akkordeonorchester. In 2005 he was awarded the WDR-Jazz Prize as the best improviser. He gives courses on “Intuitive Music and More” and for the last ten years he has been giving seminars on “Singing and Silence”. He is particularly interested in “Transformation through Sound”. For more information visit www.markusstockhausen.de or www.bobreeves.com/61 for the show notes for this episode.
1 hr 6 min
Aug 10, 2018
Episode #60 - Freddie Jones
Freddie Jones is a popular jazz trumpet player and composer in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. With an amazing musical gift, Freddie Jones kicks up the energy of a room a notch or two and thrills a jazz-lover’s soul! Audiences are in awe of the sound this Freddie Jones can coax from his horns. Freddie has taken his trumpet and his group on the road throughout the southwest, performing in hot spots from Austin’s’ The Elephant Room to Little Rock’s Riverfront Auditorium to numerous festivals in the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex, Oklahoma City, and everywhere in between. He has also performed in Paris, The Hague and Rotterdam. He has several cds to his credit. His band, the Freddie Jones Jazz Group, never fails to pull in the audience and deliver an exciting sound. The show notes for this episode are at www.bobreeves.com/60.
1 hr 17 min
Jul 2, 2018
Episode #59 - Philip Smith
Philip Smith, former principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic and professor at the University of Georgia, is our special guest on this episode. Phil discusses his upbringing in the Salvation Army Brass Band, his long orchestral career, and his current activities post-retirement. Learn more about Phil at www.principaltrumpet.com and visit the show notes for this episode at www.bobreeves.com/59.
1 hr 4 min
Apr 27, 2018
Episode #58 - Jennifer Marotta
Jennifer Marotta is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. An active freelance musician based in Los Angeles, she regularly performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the St. Louis Symphony. Marotta is currently a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Music of the Baroque in Chicago. She was a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band from 2001 to 2005. Jennifer, along with her husband Thomas Hooten, is the most recent editor for Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet, published by Carl Fischer. She serves on the board for the International Women’s Brass Conference and is the editor for their bi-annual newsletter. The show notes for this episode can be found at www.bobreeves.com/58.
1 hr 3 min
Mar 30, 2018
Episode #57 - Mike Zonshine
Mike Zonshine is our special guest this episode. At the age of 22 Mike Zonshine joined the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra as its Principal Trumpet Player-a job he held for almost a decade when the orchestra ceased operations. Mike has studied at Boston University, at the Eastman School of Music, and at the University of Southern California. Also, Mike was twice a part of the Tanglewood Music Center's famed fellowship program-once winning the Voisin Trumpet Award. As a teacher Mike has taught extensively: He co-founded the University of Hawaii Trumpet Ensemble, which soon became an ensemble that involved the entire trumpet community of the island of Oahu. Performers in this ensemble included high school students, university students, amateur musicians, and professional musicians. Mike also taught for five summers at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute where he was the brass coach for the Young Artist's Orchestra. Also, as a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician, Mike has given many…
1 hr 19 min
Jan 5, 2018
Episode #56 - Daniel Rosenboom
Daniel Rosenboom is a creative and prolific trumpet artist, composer, producer, and Los Angeles studio musician. He has released many critically acclaimed albums under his own name, as well as his bands Burning Ghosts, DR. MiNT, Plotz!, and has appeared on many releases by estimable artists in the jazz, pop, rock, and classical worlds. As a freelancer, he has performed with most of Los Angeles’s premiere ensembles, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and LA Opera, and as a studio musician, has performed on many notable soundtracks, including Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens and Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi. Always an advocate for creative independent music, Rosenboom founded and runs Orenda Records, a record label that promotes a community of like-minded musicians in Los Angeles and beyond. Learn more about Daniel at www.danielrosenboom.com. The show notes for this episode can be found at www.bobreeves.com/56.
1 hr 24 min
Nov 29, 2017
Episode #55 - Greg Wing
Our special guest this episode is Greg Wing. Greg serves as Professor of Trumpet at Morehead State University, holds a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the School of Music at Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Morehead State University. He performs with the Horizon Brass Quintet and Faculty Jazz Septet. In addition, Professor Wing has served as an Assistant Instructor of Trumpet at Indiana University under Professor William Adam and an Instructor of Trumpet for the Nevada School of the Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada. Classical performances are numerous and include engagements with Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nevada Wind Ensemble, the Lexington Brass Band and the Lexington Philharmonic. Professor Wing is a member of the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra, "DOJO". He has been a studio musician for Westwind Musical Productions of Upland, California since 1988 and has recorded numerous commercial produ…
1 hr 7 min
Oct 30, 2017
Episode #54 - Jon Faddis
Jon Faddis began playing the trumpet at the age of eight, inspired by an appearance of Louis Armstrong on the Ed Sullivan Show. Three years later, his trumpet teacher Bill Catalano (an alumnus of the Stan Kenton Band) turned Jon on to Dizzy Gillespie, with whom he subsequently appeared at the famed Jazz Workshop in San Francisco. Two days before his 18th birthday, Jon joined the Lionel Hampton Band as a featured soloist, and in the same year was invited to sit in with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band on one of their regular Monday night sessions at the Village Vanguard. Mr. Faddis toured and recorded with this band for four years and also studied at the Manhattan School of Music during this period. Since then, Jon Faddis has become known throughout the world as one of the most innovative and inspiring jazz trumpeters of our time. He has an unfailing commitment to the education of young musicians and frequently conducts clinics and master classes to help the next generation of jazz mus…
1 hr 21 min
Sep 15, 2017
Episode #53 - Marquis Hill
Jazz trumpeter Marquis Hill is our special guest on this episode of The Other Side of the Bell. The New York Times described him as a “dauntingly skilled trumpeter,” and the Chicago Tribune asserts that “his music crystallizes the hard-hitting, hard-swinging spirit of Chicago jazz.” Hill hones a warm, mellifluous tone on trumpet and flugelhorn with which he unravels sleek melodic passages that are as commanding as they are cogent. As a composer, he builds upon his distinctive sound to craft arresting originals that embrace post-bop, hip-hop, R&B and spoken word. After releasing four well-received discs on Skiptone Music – New Gospel (2011), Sound of the City (2012), The Poet (2013) and Modern Flows, vol. 1 (2014) – Hill raised his profile significantly by winning the 2014 Thelonious Trumpet Competition. The show notes for this episode can be found at www.bobreeves.com/53.
Aug 31, 2017
Episode #52 - Pete Olstad
Trumpeter Pete Olstad is our special guest this episode. Pete Olstad is a SoCal native who earned a performance/educator degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston. During his student days, he placed prominently in the Thelonius Monk Institute’s trumpet competition, concurrent with Downbeat Magazine’s early recognition of his skills. He had a series of sideman/soloist slots with Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Mel Torme, Tom Jones, and most recently, Latin pop star Luis Miguel. He is widely recognized as a trumpet virtuoso who is essentially a robust and passionate swing stylist, with an intense modernist edge. The show notes for this episode are at www.bobreeves.com/52.
1 hr 26 min
Jul 30, 2017
Episode #51 - Glenn Appell
Glenn Appell is a versatile musician and educator who has performed on trumpet, flugelhorn, harmonica and Native American Flute in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years. He has toured, performed and recorded with a wide variety of artists and ensembles including the world renowned San Francisco Mime Troupe, Pete and Sheila Escovedo, Charles Brown, Barbara Morrison, Clairdee, O. J. Ekemode, Ruth Brown, Junior Mance, David Bromberg, Danny Caron, The Johnny Nocturne Band, singer/songwriter Alex Call, Dr. Loco’s Rockin’ Jalapéno Band, Keta Bill, the jazz sextet, Inception, and many others. Glenn has also done extensive freelance recording for film scores and CDs. The show notes for this episode can be found at www.bobreeves.com/51.
1 hr 18 min
Jun 30, 2017
Episode #50 - Alan Ware
Alan Ware is our special guest on The Other Side of the Bell. Alan was born in 1937 in Wichita, Kansas. In 1955 Alan joined the Army after which he enrolled at The Berklee School of Music in Boston. In 1969, he joined Bill Chase's new band, which was still in rehearsal. The band toured the Midwest extensively until the first album produced a hit in April of 1971. Alan left the band as a regular in 1973. Alan played gigs in Las Vegas until 1981 when he was elected Business Gent for the Musicians Union of Las Vegas, Local 369. He was elected secretary/treasurer two years later and held that office until 1991. The show notes for this episode can be found at www.bobreeves.com/50.
2 hr 15 min
Jun 1, 2017
Episode #49 - Randy Brecker
Grammy Award winning trumpet player Randy Brecker is the special guest this episode. Randy discusses his studies at Indiana University with William Adam and David Baker, as well as his varied career in music from The Brecker Brothers to his studio work, to his current solo projects. Learn more about Randy at randybrecker.com and on our show notes for this episode at bobreeves.com/49.
Apr 11, 2017
Episode #48 - Canadian Brass Trumpets: Caleb Hudson & Chris Coletti
To celebrate 4 years of The Other Side of the Bell, we are having a double episode featuring Caleb Hudson and Chris Coletti, the two trumpets of the famed Canadian Brass. The show notes for this episode can be found at www.bobreeves.com/48. Learn more about the Canadian Brass at www.canadianbrass.com.
1 hr 38 min
Feb 8, 2017
Episode #47 - James Thompson
James Thompson is Professor of Trumpet at the renowned Eastman School of Music. He came to this position having played Principal Trumpet in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since September 1990. He has held corresponding positions with the Phoenix Symphony, the Orchestra of the State of Mexico, the National Symphony of Mexico, and for 14 years, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He is in addition currently Solo trumpet of the Orchestra Toscanini under the direction of Loren Mazel. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, he was raised in Phoenix, Arizona where he began trumpet studies at the age of ten. His principal teachers included Richard Longfield and Roger Voisin. The show notes for this episode can be found at www.bobreeves.com/47
2 hr 2 min
Jan 30, 2017
Episode #46 - Phil Driscoll
Phil Driscoll -- Grammy winning trumpeter, singer, and composer -- is our special guest this episode. Phil talks about his quick rise in the music world, appearing at a young age on many of TV's top shows hosted by the likes of Merv Griffin and Ed Sullivan, among others. Phil also discusses the power of music, which he has witnessed countless times over his career performing around the world through Might Horn Ministries. Learn more about Phil Driscoll on his website www.phildriscoll.com. The show notes for this episode can be found at www.bobreeves.com/46.
1 hr 1 min
Dec 20, 2016
Episode #45 - Ottaviano Cristofoli
Ottaviano Cristofoli is our special guest this episode of The Other Side of the Bell. Ottoviano, originally from Udine, Italy, is the principal trumpet with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. His latest solo recording is entitled "Fulgor" and is available in Japan on CD and worldwide on iTunes. The show notes for this episode can be found at www.bobreeves.com/45.
1 hr 24 min
Nov 22, 2016
Episode #44 - Rashawn Ross
Rashawn Ross, trumpet with The Dave Matthews Band, is our special guest this episode. Rashawn shares is experience growing up on the small Caribbean island of St. Thomas, then expanding his travels to now include world tours with Dave Matthews. The show notes for this episode can be found at www.bobreeves.com/44.
1 hr 17 min
Oct 17, 2016
Episode #43 - Jeff Purtle
This episodes features trumpeter Jeff Purtle, who is the author of Hit it Hard & Wish it Well and is best known for being a protégé of and authority on Claude Gordon. He has also written for The Brass Herald magazine, the ITG, and has been cited in various doctoral thesis. Jeff’s students are from all walks of life and consist of professional musicians, amateurs, college students and younger, all sharing the common goal of getting the most from their practice. In 2004 Jeff became a pioneer in teaching online. Jeff’s private studio reaches students from six continents weekly. Jeff was adjunct professor at Clemson University for five years and is currently at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Learn more about Jeff at www.purtle.com. The show notes for this episode can be found at www.bobreeves.com/43.
1 hr 5 min
Sep 7, 2016
Episode #42 - Gianni Marinucci
Jazz trumpet artist Gianni Marinucci is our special guest on this episode. Gianni has four albums out as leader and is featured on many others. Based in Melbourne, Australia, he has toured many parts of the world including Hong Kong, Thailand, Europe, and most recently, the U.S. where he was a featured performer at the annual International Trumpet Guild Conference. Gianni is a Temby trumpet artist. For more information, visit the show notes for this episode at www.bobreeves.com/42.
1 hr 5 min
Aug 22, 2016
Episode #41 - Frank van der Poel
Frank van der Poel, former solo trumpeter of the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy for 31 years and author of the trumpet method book "Less is More", is our special guest on this episode. Frank discusses his long career as a professional trumpet player working in all genres of music as well as his cathartic embouchure collapse that almost ended his career. Learn more about Frank at https://www.frankvanderpoelmusic.nl/. The show notes for this episode are at www.bobreeves.com
1 hr 1 min
Jul 22, 2016
Episode #40 - Michael Sachs
Michael Sachs, principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra, is our special guest this episode. Michael discusses his prolific career as a soloist, orchestral trumpeter, and educator. The show notes for this episode can be found at www.bobreeves.com/40.
1 hr 33 min
Jun 24, 2016
Episode #39 - Arturo Sandoval
Arturo Sandoval is our special guest on this episode of The Other Side of the Bell. Sandoval is one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, and has been seen by millions at the Oscars, Grammy's, and the Billboard Awards. Learn more about Arturo Sandoval at www.arturosandoval.com and ASI at www.arturosandovalinstitute.org. The show notes for this episode are at www.bobreeves.com/39.
May 20, 2016
Episode #38 - Howie Shear
Trumpet player Howie Shear is our special guest on this episode of The Other Side of the Bell. Howie talks about his diverse career, from playing lead trumpet with Woody Herman's Big Band to his solo jazz work, to arranging and composing. Howie also discusses his two jazz improvisation books - Bebop Vocabulary and Jazz Improvisation - Simplified. The show notes for this episode are at www.bobreeves.com/38
1 hr 13 min
Apr 13, 2016
Episode #37 - Christopher Still
Christopher Still, second trumpet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is the featured guest on this episode. Chris joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2007. Before coming to California, Chris performed as Principal Trumpet of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Chris has also held the positions of Associate Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Symphony and Principal Trumpet of the Charleston Symphony. Additionally, he has served as Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Festival Orchestra in Chicago's Millenium Park. He has performed with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Portland Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia in La Coruna, Spain. Chris has appeared as a soloist with the Colorado and the Littleton Symphonies. He can be heard on recordings with the Grant Park, Dallas, and Albany Symphony orchestras. Chris is a dedicated educator and an active clinician. The show notes for this episode are available at www.bobreeves.com/37.
1 hr 28 min
Mar 14, 2016
Episode #36 - Jon Lewis
Studio trumpeter Jon Lewis is our special guest on this episode. Jon can be heard on over 800 feature film scores, as well as many television soundtracks. Jon plays principal trumpet with the Santa Barbara Symphony and performs with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Show notes for this episode can be found at bobreeves.com/36.
1 hr 53 min
Feb 10, 2016
Episode #35 - Edward Carroll
Edward Carroll (www.edwardcarrollmusic.com), internationally acclaimed soloist, principal trumpet, and educator, is the special guest on this episode of The Other Side of the Bell. Ed discusses his early career performing as principal trumpet in the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and later associate principal trumpet in the Houston Symphony, as well as his prolific solo career performing around the world and recording albums on the Sony, Vox, MHS, and Newport Classic labels. Now, Ed devotes his time to education as Professor of Trumpet and Coordinator of Brass Studies at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Senior Lecturer at Dartmouth College, and is the Director of the Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale. The show notes for this episode can be found at www.bobreeves.com/35.
1 hr 31 min
Jan 7, 2016
Episode #34 - Robert Slack
Robert Slack, trumpeter and Dean of Fine and Performing Arts at Citrus College, is our special guest this episode. A student of William Adam at Indiana University, Slack played with the Buddy Rich Band, Paul Anka and many others before moving to Los Angeles. He maintains an active teaching and playing career along with his responsibilities as Dean of a cutting-edge performing arts program. Learn more about Citrus College at www.citrusarts.org. The show notes for this episode can be found at www.bobreeves.com/34.
1 hr 12 min
Dec 5, 2015
Episode #33 - Bob Reeves
Our very own Bob Reeves is the special guest on this episode of The Other Side of the Bell. Bob talks about his early years playing trumpet and studying with John Clyman in L.A.. At the urging of Clyman, Bob apprenticed with custom mouthpiece maker Carroll Purviance and then in the famed E. Benge trumpet factory in Burbank, CA. In 1968, Bob Reeves set out on his own forming Bob Reeves Brass and has since become world-renowned for his consultations, valve alignments, and handcrafted custom mouthpieces. Learn more at www.bobreeves.com or on the show notes for this episode at www.bobreeves.com/33.
1 hr 32 min
Nov 11, 2015
Episode #32 - Glen Marhevka
Glen Marhevka, trumpet player with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, is our special guest this episode. Glen talks about everything trumpet, including his 20 years as a member of the one of the most popular swing bands of all time. He discusses what it takes to run a band and how things have changed in the music industry since the band formed. Learn more about Glen and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at www.bbvd.com. The show notes for this episode can be found at www.bobreeves.com/32
1 hr 24 min
Oct 2, 2015
Episode #31 - Ron Blake
Trumpet player Ron Blake is our featured guest on this episode. Ron records and tours with Latin Jazz artist Poncho Sanchez. Previously, Ron had performed with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Green Day, Dr. Dre, and many others. Ron founded the Hi Speed Horns, a premier horn section that specializes in arranging and recording horn parts for bands. Learn more about Ron at www.hispeedhorns.com. The show notes for this episode can be found at www.bobreeves.com/31.
Sep 8, 2015
Episode #30 - Cindy Shea
Cindy Shea, trumpet and founder of the multiple Grammy Award winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, is our special guest on this episode. Cindy has performed with many top artists including Alejandro Sanz, Charlie Zaa, Paulina Rubio, Jaci Velasquez, Son By Four, Melina Leon, Chayanne, Pedro Fernandez, Marco Antonio Solis, Jenni Rivera, Graciela Beltran, Cachao, Rogelio Martinez, Nestor Torrez, Paquito de Rivera and Peabo Bryson, and recently was invited to serenade Luis Miguel for his birthday along with the Divas. Learn more about Cindy at www.mariachidivas.com or on the Episode #30 shownotes at www.bobreeves.com/30Aleja.ndro Sanz, Charlie Zaa, Paulina Rubio, Jaci Velasquez, Son By Four, Melina Leon, Chayanne, Pedro Fernandez, Marco Antonio Solis, Jenni Rivera, Graciela Beltran, Cachao, Rogelio Martinez, Nestor Torrez, Paquito de Rivera and Peabo Bryson, and recently was invited to serenade Luis Miguel for his birthday along with the Divas.
1 hr 22 min
Aug 18, 2015
Episode #29 - Tom Crown
Tom Crown, owner and founder of Tom Crown Mutes and trumpet with the Chicago Lyric Opera for 30 years, is our special guest on this episode. Tom talks about his long career in Chicago as a professional trumpet player and teacher. He also discusses how he got into the mute business that is now known around the world. Learn more about Tom at www.tomcrownmutes.com. The show notes for this episode are at www.bobreeves.com/29.
1 hr 5 min
Jul 2, 2015
Episode #28 - Doc Severinsen
Doc Severinsen, grammy award winning trumpet player and bandleader, is our special guest on Episode 28 of The Other Side of the Bell. Doc talks about what he's learned throughout his 80 years playing the trumpet, as well as his Severinsen model Destino III trumpet made by S. E. Shires. Visit www.docseverinsen.com to learn more. The show notes for this episode are at www.bobreeves.com/28.
1 hr 20 min
Jun 16, 2015
Episode #27 - Greg Spence
Australian trumpeter Greg Spence is our special guest on this episode. Greg is an active freelancer based in Melbourne, Australia and is best known for his many years as lead trumpet on Australia's "Dancing with the Stars" television program. Greg Spence also tours around the world teaching and giving clinics based on his popular, Mystery to Mastery, teaching program. Visit www.mysterytomastery.com to learn more about Greg. The show notes for this episode are at www.bobreeves.com/27.
May 19, 2015
Episode #26 - Thomas Stevens
Thomas Stevens, former principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is our special guest on episode #26 of The Other Side of the Bell. Stevens talks about is 35 year tenure in the orchestra, his teachers, and his upcoming work, "Thomas Stevens on Musicianship - Vachiano's Rules and Beyond". Learn more about Thomas Stevens at www.thomasstevensmusic.com or on our show notes for this episode at www.bobreeves.com/26.
2 hr 6 min
Apr 14, 2015
Episode #25 - Chuck Findley
Studio trumpet player Chuck Findley is our featured guest on this episode of The Other Side of the Bell. View the show notes for this episode at www.bobreeves.com/25
1 hr 39 min
Mar 13, 2015
Episode #24 - Chris Botti
Chris Botti, Grammy Award winning trumpeter, is our special guest on this episode of The Other Side of the Bell. The show notes for this episode can be found at www.bobreeves.com/24. For more information on Chris Botti, visit his official website at www.chrisbotti.com.
1 hr 21 min
Feb 17, 2015
Episode #23 - Bobby Burns Jr.
Bobby Burns Jr., trumpet player with Earth, Wind, & Fire is our special guest on this episode of The Other Side of the Bell. Bobby talks about how he stays in shape on the road and his time at Indiana University studying with William Adam. The show notes for this episode can be found at www.bobreeves.com/23
Jan 21, 2015
Episode #22 - Jerry Hey
Trumpeter and arranger Jerry Hey is our special guest on this episode. Jerry talks about his early start in trumpet, his influential teachers, and his long career writing and performing with the biggest performers of our era. View the show notes for this episode at www.bobreeves.com/22.
1 hr 23 min
Dec 4, 2014
Episode #21 - Mario Guarneri
Mario Guarneri is our special guest in this episode of our trumpet podcast. Mario teaches trumpet at the San Francisco Conservatory and has held positions with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the L.A. Chamber Orchestra. Mario is also active in jazz performing regularly with his quartet and has 4 albums released to date. Mario is the founder and president of Berp & Company, producer of practice aids and accessories for brass musicians. He also founded the nonprofit Jazz in the Neighborhood that seeks to bring live jazz to the community.
1 hr 17 min
Nov 26, 2014
Episode #20 - Bob Findley
Bob Findley is our special guest on this episode. Bob is one of the most respected and prolific trumpet players in Los Angeles. He has performed on hundreds of studio sessions for radio, television, and the movies. Bob has performed with artists like Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Michael Jackson, and Prince. He is also an in-demand clinician. Bob Findley plays his own signature model Van Laar trumpet.
1 hr 28 min
Oct 22, 2014
Episode #19 - Eric Miyashiro
Eric Miyashiro is the trumpet guest on this episode of The Other Side of the Bell. Eric talks about his early years as lead trumpet player on the Buddy Rich and Woody Herman Big Bands, as well as his current projects in Tokyo, Japan. You can learn more about Eric Miyashiro at www.ericmiyashiro.com. This podcast is proudly brought to you by Bob Reeves Brass (www.bobreeves.com).
1 hr 23 min
Sep 16, 2014
Episode #18 - Wayne Bergeron
This episode features L.A. studio trumpeter and Yamaha performing artist Wayne Bergeron. Wayne discusses how he got his career started and what you need to do to get yours started. He also explains many of the common mistakes trumpet players make that keep them from successfully playing in the upper register.
1 hr 35 min
Aug 20, 2014
Episode #17 - Charles Schlueter
Charles Schlueter, retired Principal Trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is our special guest on this episode of The Other Side of the Bell. Charlie talks about his long, distinguished career as an orchestral trumpet player.
1 hr 12 min
Jul 29, 2014
Episode #16 - Roger Ingram
This episode features trumpet player, educator, author, and vintage mute restorer Roger Ingram. He is best known for being the lead trumpet player on the Jazz at Lincoln Center, Harry Connick, Jr., Maynard Ferguson, Ray Charles, and Woody Herman big bands. He is also known for his 2008 trumpet textbook, Clinical Notes on Trumpet Playing, his vintage brass mute restorations, the Jupiter XO Series 1600I Ingram model trumpet, and the Ingram line of Bb trumpet mouthpieces. Roger talks about how he pieced together the physical and equipment side of trumpet playing at an early age.
1 hr 10 min
Jun 5, 2014
Episode #15 - William "Bill" Adam Tribute
This episode features a tribute to the long-time trumpet professor at Indiana University, William "Bill" Adam. Contributors include Chris Botti, Charley Davis, Larry Hall, Jerry Hey, Robert Slack, Dr. Karl Sievers, John Head, Jim O'Banion, Dr. George Tsoutsouris, John Harbaugh, Phil May, David Roth, Mark Minasian, and Greg Wing.
1 hr 39 min
May 2, 2014
Episode #14 - Larry Hall
This episode of The Other Side of the Bell - A Trumpet Podcast features L.A. musician Larry Hall. Larry is a top call trumpet studio session and his credits include thousands of movie, television, and album sessions. Larry Hall was a student of William Adam at Indiana University. He has played in Hawaii and Las Vegas. Larry was the founding member of the band OX with Jerry Hey, which later went on to become Seawind. You can hear Larry on the Seawind album, "Reunion,".
Apr 7, 2014
Episode #13 - Rick Baptist
This episode features Hollywood trumpet legend Rick Baptist. Rick has recorded on thousands of movie and television soundtracks. He recently peformed on his 30th broadcast of The Academy Awards show. Rick proudly plays Schilke trumpets.
Feb 26, 2014
Episode #12 - Gary Grant
This episode features an interview with studio trumpet player Gary Grant. Gary has played trumpet on thousands of albums for the biggest names in pop, rock, and jazz including Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Quincy Jones, Celine Dion, and many others. Gary Grant's trumpet can be heard on countless movie and T.V. soundtracks. More recently, Gary has been producing albums by trumpet artists like Arturo Sandoval, Malcolm McNab, and Wayne Bergeron.
1 hr 15 min
Jan 24, 2014
Episode #11 - Roy Poper, 7 Trumpet Tips
This episode features Roy Poper, Associate Professor of Trumpet at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Roy is the author of "Roy Poper's Guide to the Brasswind Methods of James Stamp" and has released a classical trumpet CD entitled "Los Angeles Trumpet Works." Learn more about Roy Poper at www.roypoper.com. Episode #11 also includes 7 ways to take your trumpet playing to the next level in 2014. The show notes for this episode can be found at www.bobreeves.com/11
Dec 19, 2013
Episode 10 - Dan Fornero, Not So Old School
This episode features Los Angeles trumpet player, Dan Fornero. He discusses trumpet playing and the release of his new album, Not So Old School. Show notes are available at www.bobreeves.com/10.
Dec 13, 2013
Episode 09 - Rob Roy McGregor
This episode features an interview with Rob Roy McGregor, former 2nd trumpet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and founder of Balquhidder Music. Rob Roy talks about his career in music and publishing, as well as his new compilation book, "Trumpet Lessons - Things We've Learned While Chasing the Trumpet."
1 hr 3 min
Nov 13, 2013
Episode 08 - Tedd Waggoner, Bob Reeves on Valve Alignments
In this episode, our special guest is Tedd Waggoner, Director of Sales and Marketing for Vincent Bach at the Conn-Selmer Corporation. Also, Bob Reeves discusses the origins of the trumpet valve alignment process he created and patented.
Sep 17, 2013
Episode 07; Michael Cichowicz, Bud Herseth
In Episode 7 of The Other Side of the Bell, trumpeter Michael Cichowicz sits down with us to discuss his father and famed Chicago Symphony Orchestra 2nd trumpet Vincent Cichowicz. He also discusses growing up with Bud Herseth, his fortuitous meeting in Hawaii with Jerry Hey, and UK trumpeter Derek Watkins.
Jul 29, 2013
Episode 6 - Harry Kim, Carroll Purviance
Bob Reeves talks about his mentor, Carroll Purviance. Harry Kim, founder and trumpet with the Vine Street Horns, is interviewed as our special guest.
1 hr 13 min
Jun 18, 2013
Episode 5 - David Bilger, Canadian Brass
Bob Reeves shares his experiences with the original Canadian Brass. David Bilger, principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra talks about trumpet, auditions, and his online lessons through ArtistWorks.com.
May 17, 2013
Episode #4: Malcolm McNab
This episode features an interview with Hollywood's first-call trumpet player, Malcolm McNab. Malcolm discusses his career, his studies with James "Jimmy" Stamp, and his new Camp McNab.
May 15, 2013
Episode 3 - John Clyman, Jay Daversa
This episode features Bob Reeves sharing some stories about Hollywood legend John Clyman. Our special guest in the studio is Jay Daversa (www.jaydaversa.com). Jay's career started at a young age with appearances on TV. Later, he joined Stan Kenton's band before settling in Los Angeles and becoming one of the most in demand studio session players around.
Apr 24, 2013
Episode 2 - Bud Brisbois, Charley Davis
In this episode of The Other Side Of The Bell - A Trumpet Podcast, we interview Hollywood studio trumpet player Charley Davis. Charley talks about starting on trumpet, going to Indiana University with Bill Adam, hitting the road with Woody Herman and Buddy Rich, then eventually growing roots in Los Angeles in the studios. Charley also talks about how and why he developed his successful trumpet mute line. Bob Reeves joins us to share some stories about Bud Brisbois.
Mar 12, 2013
Episode 1 - Paul Panichi, John Audino, 9 Trumpet Tips
In this episode of The Other Side Of The Bell, we interview Paul Panichi, one of Australia's top commercial trumpet players. He shares his insights into the music business and his emergence onto the Hong Kong scene. Bob Reeves joins us to share some stories of Hollywood legend John Audino. Also, we give you nine easy trumpet tips to help your playing.