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Sunday, January 29, 2006

New Brass-Classics Music Label

Brass Classics is an exciting new label devoted exclusively to music from the world of brass. It aims to provide a wide and varied selection of recordings (jazz as well as classic) incorporating soloists as well as larger ensembles. Although it's only just started up i'm sure that soon it'll be one of the top sources for all kinds of brass related music. Click here for link.

Crazy Trumpet Recital Video

Oh my god I just discovered this hilarious video made by some guys preparing for their final recitals at a University in Glasgow. Basically it's the story of good vs. evil - with the "good" guys being classical trumpet musicians and the "bad" ones being atonal composers. It's really pretty funny and to watch it click here and then click on "download now".

World's Coolest Trumpet - David G. Monette

Have you ever wondered where Wynton Marsalis gets those cool "integrated " trumpets he plays? Well they are made by the David G. Monette Corporation whose website can be found here. The company is run by Mr David Monette, a man who Maynard Ferguson has called "the world's greatest trumpet maker".

If you want to know why his work is held in such high regard just go to his website and check out his amazing range of custom trumpets and his signature 24k gold mouthpieces!

Free Brass Music

Check out this site which provides a selection of FREE trumpet music including:
  • Studies/Technical exercises
  • Solos
  • Trumpet MIDI
  • Trumpet Ensemble Scores

It also provides Trombone music and music for Brass Quartets, Quintets and Ensembles. All the parts are in Adobe PDF format and can be downloaded for no cost! Definitely worth a look. Click here.


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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Alison Balsom at Symphony Hall

For any of you who don't know her already, this is young trumpet star Alison Balsom. Alison's obvious talents (in more ways than one I'm sure you'll agree!) have seen her shoot to fame since her appearance in the concerto final of BBC Young Musician of the Year, 1998. I have seen her in person at the Barber institute of Fine Arts in the University of Birmingham and I can can officially confirm that she is very impressive. Alison performs the Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto on the 19th February in Birmingham's Symphony Hall, accompanied by the CBSO Youth Orchestra under the batton of conductor Michael Seal. The evening's other highlights include: Britten's 'Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra' (Seal) and Elgar's 'Enigma Variations' (Sakari Oramo). If you're near it's going to be well worth it! Click here for more info....

Strange MIDI Trumpet

I just found what appears to be a MIDI trumpet (pictured left). It's on the NAMM Oddities website in their "Techno Geek Toys" section. It's made by some company called Morrison and apparently for sale from Patchman. Apparently the keys on the side control the range. Not sure it'd be quite the same tho?

Trumpet Blooper's!

Check out Bill's "Hilarious Trumpet Blooper (and Other Funny Things) Page". He's posted a number of audio clips of some poor players making terrible mistakes in auditions, concerts and recitals. Some of these have to be heard to be believed! Find them here

Bflat Music - Technique Doctor

I've recently discovered this site managed by Clyde Hunt (Trumpeter - B.S., M.A., Ascap) called Bflat music. Clyde has written an amazing technique book based on his studies of the US music archives, in which he explains how to "Sail the Seven C's" of trumpet playing. I recently bought his book and I have found it to be a brilliant teaching aide - a must for all trumpeter's! Visit him here.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Inaugural posting

This is the very first posting on "Trumpeter's World" blogspot. Although I am new to bloging I have a knowledge of web design and thus hope to get this blog fully operational within 3 weeks. Give me time! The main focus of the site will obviously be trumpet playing. I will try to post articles on:-
  • Technique
  • Performers/Concerts
  • Instruments/Technology
  • Competitions
  • Festivals
  • FREE trumpet resources (eg: music...etc)
  • Links to other interesting trumpet sites.

.....and much more!

Hopefully in time I'll also set up an RSS feed for the site as well. Bookmark me now and I promise you won't be disappointed.