Interviews

Interviews with great trumpet players from all over the world: classical soloists, jazz performers, legendary educators…
Alan Wise: «Too many of the mouthpiece makers make what they think you should be playing. Derek (Legends Brass) listens to you and makes what you want»

We don’t always have the possibility to interview one of the trumpet players that played the most time with the legendary Maynard Ferguson and his big band. Today, we have the huge honor of speaking with Alan Wise, a high note veteran of reputation, and we have asked him about his years with Maynard and his vision of music. Also, Alan has presented us with an interesting exercise for trumpet! This is something you should not miss!

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Matthias Höfs: «The total time one studies is not important. The important thing is always studying with efficiency»

When the German Brass became known world-wide, brass musicians were not only amazed by the incredible sound and the clean technique of the group, but trumpet players were struck by the impressive solo piccolo playing and perfect articulation. We eventually learned that the name of that piccolo player was Matthias Höfs — a former student of Konradin Groth, who became a soloist of the Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 18, and has since been a member of the German Brass as well as an arranger for the group. Since 2000, he also teaches at the University of Hamburg. He is an authentic beast of the German trumpet. Today we are lucky to interview him here in Trumpetland (and he also shares an exercise with us to improve our tonguing!). Thanks, Matthias!

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Frits Damrow: «Pierre Thibaud taught me that, without discipline and hard work, nothing will improve»

Today, we are interviewing a person who won his first position as a principal soloist (in the Netherlands Radio Symphony) before finalizing his studies. Afterwards, he turned into one of the most historic soloists of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, where he occupied the seat for 20 years, and is now the professor of Trumpet at the Zurich University of the Arts since 2009. We are talking about none other than Frits Damrow. Don’t forget to download his exercises that he is sharing from his book, “Shape Up”.

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Chad McCullough: «I’m not really a fan of differentiating between ‘Classical’ and ‘Jazz’ trumpet… we all play Arban’s and we all play Charlier»

Today, our interview is with Chad McCullough, am American jazz trumpeter with an impressive calendar of concerts in his own country and internationally. He was a student of, none other than, Allen Vizzutti and Tim Hagans, and played with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. When not on tour, he teaches at DePaul University and the Merit School of Music in Chicago. This is an interview you cannot miss, not just for jazz lovers but also for those that play “Classical” and want to expand their horizon! It includes an interesting exercise in PDF format for Premium members of Trumpetland! How could you miss this opportunity?!

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Joe Pino: «Do as much listening to recordings as you can. Hear the greats. The more time you put in, the better you will become as a player»

Today, we interview Joe Pino, a trumpeter often screen at the best jazz clubs in New York City, a Stomvi Artist, and someone you will also have seen on the national tour of 'Bullets over Broadway' by Woody Allen and the musical 'Elf' in Madison Square Garden. Be sure to download the exercises he shares with the Premium members of Trumpetland!

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Michael Sarian: «The more you know about any subject will improve your musicality, so the more you know about other techniques and genres, the better»

He is of Armenian descent, was born in Canada, grew up in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and has lived in Brooklyn, New York (USA) for a few years. This cultural mix is probably reflected in the music he makes. He studied with such greats as Laurie Frink and Ralph Alessi, has published several albums and leads his own groups with whom he maintains an intense artistic activity. We present to you, the great Michael Sarian! Do not miss the interesting exercise that he shares in PDF to work on scales and arpeggios in odd meters!

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Jonathan Ruff: «Winning the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album is beyond anything I ever imagined»

The trumpeter we will interview today is no more and no less an absolute lover of music. He has had an immense career as a freelancer in California, but also was a member of the Band of the Golden West for 20 years, has won a Grammy Award, and is now a representative for Stomvi, the Spanish made brand of trumpets, in the United States of America. Don’t miss this interview with Jon Ruff, who is just loaded with knowledge… and also don’t miss this interesting PDF of exercises that he wrote with his own hand for the Premium Members of Trumpetland!

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William Denton: «It’s not the best player who wins a job, it’s the best prepared player»

Today, we are interviewing one of the most relevant trumpeters in the Chicago area, who also happens to be a great person: Bill Denton. He studied with James Thompson and with Dave Hickman, among others; he has performed in the US Army Field Band and with other entities before winning his fist orchestra position in the Alabama Symphony. Currently, he is the principal trumpet of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra. In addition to his interview with Trumpetland, he shares none other than a PDF of exercises for our Premium Members!

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David Krauss: «Knowledge gleaned from overcoming obstacles can be more easily communicated to students than the things I can do naturally»

Today, we have an interview with David Krauss, a student of Wynton Marsalis and currently the principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, who also maintains his intense pedagogical works as a professor in the Juilliard School Pre-College Division, Rutgers University, Mannes School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Berkshire Summer Music… He is every bit of an international figure in the trumpet world and was willing to share his knowledge with Trumpetland… and an exercise in PDF for Premium members!

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Stanley Friedman: «Most technical/physical issues can be solved by focusing on the music itself»

Today we have the honor of interviewing a celebrity trumpeter, composer and director, Stanley Friedman, who also shares a preview of his soon to be published book with Premium members of Trumpetland — the book is called “Symmetrical Studies” (exercises and warm-ups designed to increase the register, maintain constant airflow and centering notes). Thank you, Stanley!

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Philippe Litzler: «My teacher, Pierre Thibaud, told us all the time — ‘you should know your trumpet concerti at 150% to be able to play it at 90% during an audition or exam.’»

Today we have the pleasure of interviewing Philippe Litzler, principal of the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and professor at the Lucerne School of Music (Switzerland), a European exponent (student of Thibaud in Paris) who also wanted to share a basic practice routine that he designed for his students with the Premium members of Trumpetland. Thanks, Philippe!

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