October 30, 2019

I'm a little behind with my blogging, but this one has been fun to put together. 

Not too long ago, I was purging files and materials in my basement studio. I had decades worth of "stuff" and I needed to just get rid of things I never use. 

I stumbled across the original...

September 23, 2019

This blog is just my reminiscing about my experiences on Maynard Ferguson's band during my somewhat brief stint with him in 1981. 

Before I get to it, I want to make a plea for my podcast, "Duets From the Trenches: Musicians You Should Know." For the first five mon...

September 19, 2019

Recently I chimed in on a thread in a FB forum on the relative merits of busking. I followed along with the other comments and ideas started popping into my head about the whole business of busking or street performing. 

So, as with many of my blog posts, I need to emph...

September 8, 2019

What follows are my personal OPINIONS - just my point of view.

I have to open this blog with a disclaimer/confession. I am completely guilty of the things I am expressing concerns about in this blog. I am not proud of that, but I need to clear the air on that immediatel...

July 26, 2019

I wanted to put a provocative title on this one as this is a topic of some interest to me. When I watch and hear great bands that seem to be able to just play anything (think the original David Letterman band with Paul Schaffer and crew), I contemplate how much music i...

July 3, 2019

Before I begin this shorter blog, I want to make it clear that this is what I choose to do and how I think about my work as a trumpeter. This is not intended as advice or criticism. This is just what I NOW do.

In the opening disclaimer, I put the word 'now' in all caps...

June 2, 2019

I recently went on a trip up to Gabriola Island off the Vancouver, British Columbia coast to meet with my friend, Dave Harrison, the creator of the Wedge Mouthpiece and work on some new design ideas. It just made sense to come up here as opposed to doing it all remotel...

May 13, 2019

Well, as part of my trumpeter self-actualization project, I've been working on extreme upper register. By extreme, I mean above - way above - DHC. Why? Just for the fun of, partly. Also, my SAP requires that I achieve mastery of every aspect of trumpet playing. 


April 22, 2019

Part of my daily practice is sight reading. I've been this this for a long time. When I first got into the business, I was striving to develop into a session player in Chicago. Sight reading was a must and it was not a strong skill for me. I was trained as an engineer...

April 8, 2019

Recently, I've been reading Steve Wiest's arrangement of Besame Mucho with Chicago local big bands. It is a very tough tune to sight read, and the bands I play with are what are known as "rehearsal bands" or "reading bands." Basically, these are groups of good musician...

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