Stephenson – Concerto for Trumpet, no. 1

Title Concerto for Trumpet, no. 1 (2003) For trumpet and orchestra, or wind ensemble, or piano reduction By James Stephenson Biographical Info The Concerto for Trumpet, James Stephenson’s second major work written for the trumpet, is a product of a long-time friendship between Jeffrey Work, for whom the concerto is written, and the composer. As a trumpeter himself, Stephenson had spent…

The “other” Stevens Trumpet Sonata

Title Sonata for Trumpet and Piano (2008) By John Stevens Biographical Info John Stevens was born in Buffalo, New York (USA) in 1951. He holds degrees in Music Performance (tuba) from the Eastman School of Music (1973) and Yale University (1975). For many years John Stevens was a free-lance performer in New York City. From 1981 to 1985 he was on the faculty of the University of Miami (FL)…

Bradshaw Trumpet Sonata

Title Sonata for Trumpet and Piano (2003) Robert Bradshaw (1970 - ) Biographical Info Focused on producing socially relevant art, Robert J. Bradshaw's music is inspired by historical events and influenced by his multi-cultural family.  His formative years were spent surrounded by generations of artists including works by his great-grandfather, George A. Bradshaw, whose etchings are part…

Marvin Stamm

Like most of us, it seems like I have heard the name Marvin Stamm for as long as I've played trumpet.  I'd heard about the Kenton years and the fantastic recording years and had seen his name advertised at ITG conferences for years.  So, at the Columbus, GA ITG conference, I saw that he had a recital with a trio and decided to go.  That particular conference I had a bunch of my students with me…

Clifton Williams – Dramatic Essay

Title Dramatic Essay (1958)For Trumpet and Band (Wind Ensemble) By Clifton Williams Biographical Info James Clifton Williams Jr. (1923– 12 February 1976) was born in Traskwood, Arkansas. He began playing French horn, piano, and mellophone early on and played in the band at Little Rock High School. In his senior class of 600, he was voted for being the most outstanding in artistry, talent,…

More on Mouthpieces

I wrote a post on a mouthpiece experiment back in 2011. It's now 2014, summer just finished, and I'd like to follow up on that article. I was surprised by how much attention that particular post got among trumpet players.  I guess a bunch of us think about mouthpiece issues.  A few months after I wrote that, a friend of mine, (who happens to be a fantastic trumpet player, Chuck Lazarus, check…

Site Update News

For those of you that frequent this site, you are obviously aware it has recently undergone a complete makeover.  My web designer does a fantastic job and if anyone is interested in hiring him, please contact me and I'll put you in touch. Aside from the look and format, I have merged DavidCooperMusic with AllThingsTrumpet and since deleted DavidCooperMusic.  Basically the only thing that other…

What Trumpet Do You Play? Part 2

Well, here I am about to sound like a real "waffler" and contradict a previous post of mine titled "What Trumpet Do You Play?"  In that post I said that I have owned many brands of trumpet throughout my career.  In each horn, at that time, I truly felt that that particular trumpet was the best trumpet I could find - at the time.  Time goes on, manufactures come and go.  Innovations happen or…

The Greatest Trumpet Cases, Part 2

It's been four years since I wrote my post "The Greatest Trumpet Cases In The World".  Any self respecting trumpet geek like myself would of course have added equipment to his arsenal in that amount of time, and so I have.  A couple years ago I had the opportunity to play a series of recitals in China and needed a lot of horns to be flown.  There are a number of flight cases for trumpets out…

Thank you, Fred.

I wrote a post a while back called "A Musical Remembrance", where I talked about a couple key musical moments that happened in my life that were profound for me.  A similar topic I would like to share with you is that of memorable mentors.  I have encountered a number of teachers and conductors in my life; people of authority whose position it is to impart wisdom of some sort.  In my life, of all…