The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast; Episode #7: Michael Cichowicz

Episode #7 – Mike Cichowicz

Mike Cichowicz and Bob Reeves at ITG 3013
Mike Cichowicz and Bob Reeves at ITG 3013

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #7 of The Other Side Of The Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features an interview with Mike Cichowicz sharing stories about his career, his father, Bud Herseth, Derek Watkins and the Flow Studies books.

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About Mike Cichowicz

Mike Cichowicz’s career has been one of many trumpet players’ dreams. Born in Evanston, IL to the son of legendary trumpet performer/teacher Vincent Cichowicz. He attended Pepperdine University in Malibu California. Mike has had a remarkable career performing with Rod Stewart, Tower of Power, Huey Lewis and the News and lead trumpet at Harrah’s in Reno. He currently resides in Chicago, IL where he is active in the freelance scene. He recently began working in the publishing world, working with Marc Dulin, compiling his father’s Long Tone Studies and Flow Studies books.

Vincent CichowiczVincent Cichowicz was member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s trumpet section from 1952 until 1974 and professor emeritus of trumpet at Northwestern University. A lifetime figure on the music scene in Chicago, Cichowicz had served on the faculty at Northwestern since 1959 and as professor of trumpet from 1974 until his retirement in 1998. He began his musical career at the age of seventeen as a member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and, after military service in the Fifth Army Band, returned to Chicago to attend Roosevelt University. He was a member of the Civic Orchestra from 1947 until 1950 and in 1952 became a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where he remained for twenty-three years under music directors Rafael Kubelík, Fritz Reiner, Jean Martinon, and Sir Georg Solti. During this period he also was a member of the Chicago Symphony Brass Quintet and was a participant in the Grammy Award-winning recording of The Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli. His long tones studies and flow studies have become standards in brass pedagogy.

Herseth-ca.-1990s-Jim-Steere-photo-e1366060801661Bud Herseth was principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony from 1948 – 2001. He was born in Lake Park, MN in July in 1921. Herseth grew up playing in his father’s dance band and later attended Luther College and served in U.S. Navy School of Music during WWII. During his tenure with the Chicago Symphony he played under such world renowned conductors as Fritz Reiner, George Solti and Daniel Barenboim. The numerous recordings he played on have become the benchmark for modern orchestral trumpet playing.

derek watkinsDerek Watkins had an international reputation as one of the best all-round trumpet players. He has played for Johnny Dankworth, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, Ted Heath and Frank Sinatra and the James Last Orchestra. He regularly played for TV shows and has also given concerts and made recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent recordings include a solo album ‘Increased Demand’ and sound tracks for the Batman and ALL 23 James Bond movies. Click here to learn more about Derek’s Sarcoma charity and to get your own Super G t-shirt.

Front-Cover-VC-Vol-2-231x300Flow Studies – Volume One by Vincent Cichowicz contains the first 40 Flow Studies with a forward by Larry Knoop, Principal trumpet of the Vancouver Symphony. Included with the book is a CD of Neal Bernsten, Bruce Briney, Robert Dorer, Mark Hughes, Larry Knoop, Tom Rolfs, Judy Saxton, David Vonderheide & Eric Yates; all former students of Vincent Cichowicz, playing through the flow studies. It also includes an excerpt from one of Mr. Cichowicz’ master classes.


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