December 4, 2016

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A question that comes up regularly is the use of a trumpet guard (as seen above).  It "protects" the wear and tear on the lacquer or plating the instrument.  Some are even more extravagant than the one pictured, with strips of leather that also cover parts of the lead pipe and bell where c...

October 22, 2016

Ya sabemos que hay demasiados estudiantes que no saben como estudiar.  Será que yo fui igual cuando era joven?  Pues, claro que si!  Pero hasta cierto punto, aprendí a tener un poco más paciencia e identificar mis debilidades.  Tuve que aprender a ser humilde y conocer mis deficiencias.  Esa lección fue la más difí...

October 18, 2016

Let's face it, too many student just don't know how to practice.  Was I also like this when I was younger? You bet!  But at some point, I learned to have a little more patience and address my weaknesses.  I had to be humble and come to terms with my deficiencies.  This was the most difficult lesson I had to learn....

September 18, 2016

Are you a trumpet Ninja?

The legends of the Ninja are those that keep the young.... well..... young.  While growing up, I loved Ninja movies (Enter the Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja, American Ninja, The Octagon, Ninja Terminator).  Especially all the novels by Eric Van Lustbader (The Ninja, The Mikado, White Ninj...

August 5, 2016

Maestro Orestes Machado is a Cuban trumpeter, living in Spain.  Its a true pleasure that he has give me permission to interview him about his interesting new book, Brasstactic, and post it here for all of you.  I hope you enjoy the conversation.


Where are you from, how did you come to live in Spain and wh...

June 22, 2016

El Maestro Orestes Machado es un trompetista Cubana, radicado en España.  Es un verdadero placer que el Maestro me permitió hacerle una entrevista sobre su nuevo libro, Brasstactic.  Espero que les gusta.


Maestro Orestes, ¿de donde viniste? ¿Como llegaste a vivir en España y porque decidiste escri...

April 14, 2016




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March 22, 2016

George Vosburgh has been a maintastay for the American orchestral trumpeter for years.  His time with the Rochester, Chicago and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras and his past students have clearly laid a foundation for his continued legagcy.  I recently reached out to Mr. Vosburgh and asked him a few questions, which...

February 29, 2016

El trompetista Luis Aquino es oriundo de la isla de Puerto Rico.  Desde muy joven, fue absorbido por la música de su País y se levantó rápidamente en las filas de una larga línea de trompetistas pródigos de esa región, convirtiéndose en uno de los trompetistas Latinos más grabado de la historia.  Puedes escuchar a...

January 15, 2016

"Luis Aquino is probably the best example of how to play Latin music! Over a thousand recordings, he is heard around the world. We are thrilled he has chosen to perform on both our trumpet and mouthpieces. He is one of a few people who is both a great trumpet player and a nice cat!"


-Terry Warburton, Warburton Musi...

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