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Beijing – Day 3

Today was the day of my solo recital.  I had a dress rehearsal followed by lunch at a local hotspot. After that some much needed downtime till the concert.  The first portion of the program was by tuba great, Marty Erickson.  He plays with amazing control and confidence.  It also...

Beijing – Day 2

The Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing has about 1000 university-age university music students and another 1000 high school-age students.  They call them middle school students.  There are two large buildings that house the students, rehearsal rooms, concert halls (2), dining facilities and practice rooms.  One of the buildings is...

Beijing – Day 1

I have been invited to play some recitals and give some master classes at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.  This is part of the 2nd International Wind & Percussion Music Festival.  This is a huge thrill and honor for me so I thought I would keep a...

Wayne Bergeron clinic

I just recently attended a conference where the trumpet great, Wayne Bergeron gave a presentation.  I feel pretty safe in saying that Wayne is perhaps THE most in demand lead trumpet player alive; or at least in the top-5 among all commercial trumpet players.  Just have a look at his...

Sampson – Notes from Faraway Places (suite 1)

Title Notes from Faraway Places Suite 1 (I. Krems, Austria – II. Richmond, Virginia – III. Delaware Water Gap, Penn.) For Unaccompanied Trumpet By David Sampson Biographical Info David Sampson is a trumpet player, teacher and composer living in New Jersey. He has made considerable contributions to 20th and 21st...

Mouthpiece Experiment

This is super-geeky, but whatever. This summer I’m going to only play one mouthpiece per horn! Today starts my summer playing schedule and for the next month and a half, it’s going to be a very busy one. The last few months I have been slowly driving myself crazy switching...

Aesthetics of Tone

I recently came across this article written by Steven Emery.  It’s absolutely the best depiction of tone description I’ve come across.  Dizzy used to say, “Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.”  Well, describing sound and why we like it or don’t is even more complex.  Steve does a...

Great time at ITG

I’m back from another fantastic ITG Conference.  This time it was Minneapolis, May 23-28.  I would like to thank everyone that stopped by the Composers’ Collective booth and said Hi or bought something.  It seemed we hardly ever had any down time.  I also would like to thank my colleagues...

A Musical Remembrance

I would think that most of us have had musical experiences that have dramatically affected, if not impacted our lives; perhaps a top 5 list of favorite musical memories.  Funny thing for me is that I didn’t even play in two of my top five musical moments.  One, was my...

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