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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

Frank van der Poel — The Other Side of the Bell: Episode #41

Episode #41 — Frank van der Poel

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode #41 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features Frank van der Poel, former solo trumpet with the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy and author of “Less is More.”

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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.

Chuck Findley Trumpet by Van Laar

Van Laar Chuck Findley Trumpet in Bb- Gold Plate

We just received this beautiful new Van Laar Chuck Findley Trumpet in polished gold plate.

What an experience it is to play on this gorgeous instrument. The Chuck Findley Signature Model is a versatile instrument. When pushed it really sizzles, but back off and the sound will warm up and broaden.

Van Laar Chuck Findley model #trumpet. What a work of art.

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For more information, visit our Van Laar Trumpet and Flugelhorn page.

The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast; Episode #20: Bob Findley

Episode #20 – Bob Findley

Episode 20 - Bob Findley

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #20 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features Bob Findley, one of the most prolific and respected trumpet players in Hollywood, who can be heard on thousands of records, TV themes, and movie soundtracks. Bob plays on his own Bob Findley Signature Model Van Laar trumpet.

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Van Laar Trumpets & Flugelhorns

Van Laar Oiram II Bb TrumpetWe are excited to announce that Bob Reeves Brass now carries Van Laar Trumpets and Flugelhorns.  These fine, handcrafted instruments are a great addition to the consultations, products, and services we already offer. With our experience in matching players to the right equipment and the exquisite horns produced by Van Laar you will be able to find the instrument that best fits your needs.

For more information on Van Laar trumpet and flugelhorns, call us at (800) 837-0980, email us at info@bobreeves.com, or visit us at the shop. Continue reading Van Laar Trumpets & Flugelhorns