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Bob Reeves Brass 50th Anniversary Celebration

2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of Bob Reeves Brass Mouthpieces. After working for Carroll Purviance in his custom mouthpiece shop, Bob Reeves officially opened for business on April 1st, 1968 in Hollywood, California. Learn more about Bob’s history in his episode of The Other Side of the Bell.

Get a mouthpiece personally made by Bob Reeves

Each week, for 50 weeks, we will randomly choose a mouthpiece from our orders to have Bob Reeves personally make. The mouthpiece will be chosen from our customer orders as well as our dealer orders. The mouthpiece will be hand stamped with a serial number and include a signed certificate of authenticity. We will also have photos  and video of Bob personally making each mouthpiece.

Week #1 – 42/S 69 for Henry C., Texas, US
Week #2 – 3C/S 69 for Markus P., Germany

Other Cool Events

We will celebrate this milestone in many other ways throughout the year. Trips to Japan and Australia kicked off our World Tour that will continue throughout 2018. We will be offering specials and 50th Anniversary merchandise as well.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date so you don’t miss out on any events or specials.

Bob Reeves Brass Australia Tour 2017

You read that right! This November we will be bringing our Bob Reeves Brass goodness to the land down under!

We will be there from November 18th to the 25th with stops in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, and Brisbane.

350 Trumpet Mouthpieces at the ITG Conference
We’ll try to bring as many of these as we can!

This is a great opportunity to meet and consult with Bob Reeves, John Snell, and Brett Kendall. We will have several of our mouthpieces for you to try, as well as Van Laar trumpets and flugelhorns.

Of course, no Bob Reeves Brass visit would be complete without valve alignments! We will be doing valve alignments at all of our stops. You can reserve a spot to make sure your instrument gets aligned by contacting our

Working on a valve alignment today.
Working on a valve alignment.

host stores listed below. Not sure if you need an alignment? Bring it by and we’ll measure your instrument for free to tell you exactly how close (or far out) your valves are.

We will also bring a selection of our new Bob Reeves – Brass Ark trombone mouthpieces for you to try so be sure to share this with your trombone friends!

Melbourne – November 18-19

The Music Place
339 Clarendon Street
South Melbourne, VIC 3205
03 9699 9099

Adelaide – November 20-21

Gustafson Custom Horns
Room 123
38 Gawler Place
Adelaide, SA 5000
0449 171 774

Sydney – November 22-23

Play Wind and Brass
179 Parramatta Road
Annandale, NSW 2038
02 9550 0100

Brisbane – November 24-25

Brass Music Specialists
90 Appel Street
Graceville, QLD 4075
07 3278 1311

Bob Reeves Brass Japan Visit — 2017

We are excited to visit our good friends, Joy Brass, in Tokyo, Japan for the 6th year in a row!

Bob Reeves Waiting for a Train in Japan
Bob Reeves waiting for a shinkansen in Japan

From September 16th to the 23rd Bob, John, and Brett will be in Japan to do valve alignments, consultation, and presentations. Joining us this visit will be Hub van Laar representing his wonderful line of trumpets & flugelhorns.joybrass

If you would like to schedule a consultation or valve alignment, please contact Joybrass at or via phone at 03-5480-2468.

Bob Reeves Brass 50th Anniversary World Tour

Bob Reeves Brass is celebrating its 50th year in business, and to do so we will be embarking on tour around the world! This will be a great opportunity to meet Bob Reeves and his team, try mouthpieces, get a valve alignment, or just share some great trumpet stories!

Check below for dates and locations where you can find Bob Reeves and his crew.

  • Oklahoma City, OK, July 27-30, 2017. We will have a booth at the William Adam Trumpet Festival.
  • Japan, September 16-23, 2017; Tokyo, Nagoya. We will be doing valve alignments and consultations at JoyBrass in Tokyo. We will be having a trumpet fair in Nagoya on September 18th, details and location to follow.
  • Australia, November 18-26, 2017; Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane. We will be doing valve alignments and consultations. Details and locations to follow
  • Texas, March 8-10; Denton, TX, University of North Texas. Visit our vendor booth at the 2018 National Trumpet Competition.
  • Texas, May 29 – June 2; San Antonio, Texas. Visit our booth at the International Trumpet Guild Conference at the Hyatt Regency in beautiful downtown San Antonio.
  • Iowa, July 11-14, 2018; University of Iowa. Join Bob Reeves Brass and The Brass Ark as we present our joint line of trombone mouthpieces and accessories.
  • Europe, 2018. Details and locations to follow.
  • California, Summer 2018; Azusa, CA. Visit our booth at the 4th Annual William Adam Trumpet Festival.

We will be continuously updating this list with more events and locations so be sure to check back. If you are interested in having Bob Reeves Brass visit your location, send us an email at We’d be happy to visit your neck of the woods!

2017 Holiday Schedule

The shop will be closed in recognition of the following national holidays:

  • Monday, January 2 – New Years Day
  • Monday, January 16 – Martin Luther King Day
  • Monday, February 20 – Presidents’ Day
  • Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, July 4 – Independence Day
  • Monday, September 4 – Labor Day
  • Monday, October 9 – Columbus Day
  • Friday, November 10 – Veterans Day
  • Thursday & Friday, November 23 & 24 – Thanksgiving
  • Monday, December 25 through Monday, January 1, 2018 – Christmas Break

Video: Trumpet Mouthpiece In The Making

A lot of work goes into making every Bob Reeves Brass trumpet mouthpiece. Even our stock mouthpieces take from 45 minutes to an hour to make, and that is after the blank is made on our CNC Lathe.

You can see how an underpart blank is made in our previous blog post here.

Below is a time-lapse video we took that shows how many steps are involved in making a Bob Reeves mouthpiece.


Bob Reeves Brass Japan Visit – 2016

We are excited to visit our good friends, Joy Brass, in Tokyo, Japan for the 5th year in a row!

Bob Reeves Waiting for a Train in Japan
Bob Reeves waiting for a Train in Japan

From September 10th to the 19th Bob, John, and Brett will be in Japan to do valve alignments, consultation, and presentations. Noah Gladstone from The Brass Ark will be on hand for consultations and a presentation of our new small bore line of trombone mouthpieces.joybrass

Click here to read Joybrass’s blog post about our visit here.

If you would like to schedule a consultation or valve alignment, please contact Joybrass at or via phone at 03-5480-2468.

Michael Sachs — The Other Side of the Bell: Episode #40

Episode #40 — Michael Sachs


Welcome to the show notes for Episode #40 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra, Michael Sachs.

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This podcast is brought to you by Bob Reeves Brass. 

Continue reading Michael Sachs — The Other Side of the Bell: Episode #40

2016 International Trumpet Guild Conference – Anaheim, CA


We are excited to be heading down the road to Anaheim, CA for this year’s International Trumpet Guild Conference! The conference runs from May 31st to June 4th, and will be full of great performances, clinics, and lectures. We will have a huge selection of mouthpieces and accessories, you can get a valve alignment done on your instrument, and try a selection of fine Van Laar Trumpets and Flugelhorns. We are excited that we will also have a selection of Charley Davis trumpets as well as original art and prints by artist Phil Jordan.

Be sure to swing by the Bob Reeves Brass booth in the main hall to meet Bob, Brett, Mike, and John!

Valve alignment

How far out are your valves?
How far out are your valves?

Have you always wanted a Bob Reeves Patented Valve Alignment but don’t want to ship your trumpet to our shop? You’re in luck because we’ll be doing alignments at the ITG Conference. Just drop your horn off at our booth and you can pick it up the next day! A few same day appointments are available.

If you’re not sure you need an alignment, you can bring your trumpet by our booth and we will be happy to measure it to show you how far out of alignment it is, free of charge.

We will be having a valve alignment special at the show, discounting from our normal price by $25! We are only doing a limited number of alignments and reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Book Your Valve Alignment Early and Save $45!

If you book your alignment and prepay for it now, you will save an additional $25 for a total savings of $45. Just click the button below and checkout using our secure online shopping cart. If for some reason you will be unable to be at the ITG Conference, the credit from your pre-order can be used for any future work at our shop.


Trumpet Consultations

Bob Reeves Consulting with a Customer
Bob Reeves consulting with a customer at a previous ITG conference

Our staff will be available during the entire conference for mouthpiece and equipment consultation. For those players who live far away from LA, this is a great opportunity to meet Bob Reeves and garner some of his knowledge and stories! Brett, Mike, and John will also be available during the show for equipment consultations (although their stories are not nearly as entertaining as Bob’s!).

Mouthpieces, mouthpieces, and more mouthpieces

350 Trumpet Mouthpieces at the ITG Conference
350 Trumpet Mouthpieces at the ITG Conference

If you’ve never visited our booth at a trade show before, you are in for a real treat. We bring everything but the kitchen sink. Here’s a partial list of stuff we will have for you to try (and buy!) at the show:

Other Fun Stuff

Besides the vast mouthpiece selection, we will have the following accessories and products on display:

Van Laar Trumpets and Flugelhorns

Van Laar Oiram II Bb TrumpetWe will have an assortment of Van Laar Trumpets and Flugelhorns available for purchase at the show. Along with our own inventory, Van Laar will have over 30 instruments available to purchase through us.

We will be bringing:

  • BR2 Bb Trumpet
  • B3 Bb Trumpet
  • B4 Bb Trumpet
  • B5 Bb Trumpet
  • B7 Bb Trumpet
  • Chuck Findley Signature Bb Trumpet
  • Oiram V-Flow Bb Trumpet
  • B1 Flugelhorn
  • B3 Flugelhorn
  • B6 Flugelhorn
  • Oiram Ack Flugelhorn

Charley Davis Trumpet

Charley Davis has been one of the top-call studio players in Los Angeles for decades and developed the successful Charles Davis line of trumpet mutes. After years of trying to find a horn that played like his he decided that perhaps he should just make one. There are currently four models being offered, the 1S-2, 1S-7, 1S-9 based on vintage Calicchio Hollywood designs and his own signature model based on his sterling silver 37.

Art by Phil Jordan

Phil Jordan maintains an extensive and unique background in
the areas of fine art, graphic design, illustration, education and

fatsPhil has been creating fine art and graphic design twenty­plus
years and he has developed a portfolio of unique variety. His
expertise includes composition and design, freehand and
digital illustration, painting and fine art. In 2002, Phil created his
most memorable, commercial illustration work for the world
famous KROQ, Kevin and Bean Acoustic Christmas, Fo
Shizzle St Nizzle CD. He is currently working on his first book,
The Art of Composition.

Phil has also played trumpet for Orange County’s highly
successful pop artists, No Doubt and the Offspring. With No
Doubt, you can hear his trumpet sound on Tragic Kingdom,
The Beacon Street Collection and on Cellophane Boy, a B-
Side recording featured on the Simple Kind of Life single. You
can also hear his trumpet­sound on the Offspring, Americana
and Splinter CDs. In 2004, he earned a grammy award for
playing on Toots and the Maytals, best reggae recording,True
Love. Other highlights in his music career include playing on
American Idol’s Kimberley Locke, Eighth Wonder of the World,
CD. Phil continues to practice trumpet daily and record with
many artists. His latest project will feature his horn
arrangements and trumpet playing with the San Diego folk/pop
group, Sara Petite.To hear his own compositions, check out his
CD, 8 Lanes Wide, on youtube.

miles 03Phil earned his BM in trumpet performance from CSULB. He
has also completed two master’s degrees; an MM in music
composition from CSULA and a MAEd, in educational
leadership. Phil is currently a credentialed K­12 music teacher,
working for the Garden Grove unified school district.

witch_huntPhil continues to freelance out of his home studio and is
always available for a wide variety of fine art, graphic design
and music projects. He adores the Holy Trinity, loves playing
trumpet, guitar, writing songs, singing, painting, drawing,
reading, philosophy, teaching, surfing, skate–boarding,
hanging out with friends and most of all, spending time with his
awesome kids, Megan, Morgan and Miles.