Interviews

Interviews with great trumpet players from all over the world: classical soloists, jazz performers, legendary educators…
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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Arturo Sandoval: «When you have a good sound, you can play just two notes and the entire world appreciates it; with a bad sound, you can play two million notes and nobody will pay attention»

You can not imagine how much we wanted to publish this interview. Our guest today needs no introduction. All of us have grown up listening to his music, which has served as an inspiration for generations of trumpet players. Even those who are not musicians have ever heard his name: Arturo Sandoval. It is an honor for us that he shares his knowledge with Trumpetland and an exercise for Premium members!

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Mary Bowden: «If you can sing a piece with the correct pitches, it will be so much easier on the trumpet»

The trumpeter that we have the pleasure of interviewing today is a young woman of 35 years, who knows how to form her own career as a concert artist, even after the demanding work with several groups that she has also founded (Seraph Brass and Chrysalis Chamber Players), and teaching as an artist in residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (USA). Even more, she is a professor in Trumpetland! Don’t miss out of the PDF exercises that she shares with our Premium members, for free.

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Edward H. Tarr: «Musicianship is just as important as technique»

Out interviewee today is without doubt one of the people that has most investigated and has published more than anyone in respects to the trumpet and its history. A large part of the bibliography that we have regarding our instrument, we owe to him. He was the professor of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis for 30 years, and possessor of an innumerable amount of awards and distinctions. It is a grand honor to have him with us in Trumpetland, so don’t miss this interview! Especially the PDF of exercises that he shares with our Premium members!

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David Baldwin: «I can give my students a boat-load of ideas and materials, but their drive to get better is their own»

He is known worldwide for his mythical recording of Charlier’s 36 Études transcendantes. He was a student of the legendary Duro, Vacchiano, Crisara, Nagel, Cichowicz, Adelstein and Gorham, and has been teaching at the University of Minnesota for more than 40 years. Today in Trumpetland, we have the honor of publishing an interview we had with him and would like to share it with all of you. A must read!

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