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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About Bob Findley
Bob Findley is one of the most versatile studio trumpet players in Los Angeles. His list of recording credits covers just about every genre of music imaginable – from classical scores to soaring lead trumpet cues to jazz solos.
Bob started in the music business at a young age, working in the Cleveland as a trumpet player right out of school. It wasn’t long before he joined the Tommy Dorsey Band, under the direction of Charlie Shavers, playing the jazz chair.
Bob Findley settled in Las Vegas where he had the opportunity to play with the biggest musical acts of the day. He then was lured to Hollywood by his younger brother, Chuck, who had already established himself as a top-call trumpet player in the local scene.
Since his move to California, Bob has played on thousands of television themes, including featured solos on many well-known programs, and has performed on the live broadcast for the Oscar’s award show several times. He can be heard on over 300 major motion picture soundtracks. Bob has performed with many of the top popular music acts both in recording and live concerts.
Bob authored a trumpet method book titled “Bob Findley on Trumpet: A Method Book” which covers many aspects of modern trumpet playing.
Bob Findley plays on a Bob Findley Signature Model Van Laar Bb trumpet, Van Laar C trumpet, Van Laar B1 flugelhorn, and on Bob Findley Signature Model Marcinkiewicz mouthpieces.
Bob Findley Links
- Bob Findley Official Website
- Bob Findley Van Laar trumpet information
- Bob Findley on The Usual Suspects
- Bob Findley Credits on AllMusic
Trumpet Podcast Credits
- “When the Leaves Turn Brown” – composed and performed by Howie Shear
- Audio Engineer – Preston Shepard at SC Sound Labs
- Cover Art – Phil Jordan
Previous Trumpet Podcast Episodes:
- Episode #19: Eric Miyashiro
- Episode #18: Wayne Bergeron
- Episode #17: Charles Schlueter
- Episode #16: Roger Ingram
- Episode #15: William “Bill” Adam Tribute with Chris Botti, Charley Davis, Larry Hall, Jerry Hey, and Robert Slack
- Episode #14: Larry Hall
- Episode #13: Rick Baptist
- Episode #12: Gary Grant
- Episode #11: Roy Poper, 7 Trumpet Tips
- Episode #10: Dan Fornero, Not So Old School
- Episode #9: Rob Roy McGregor
- Episode #8: Tedd Waggoner
- Episode #7: Michael Cichowicz
- Episode #6: Harry Kim, Carroll Purviance
- Episode #5: David Bilger, The Canadian Brass
- Episode #4: Malcolm McNab
- Episode #3: John Clyman, Jay Daversa
- Episode #2: Bud Brisbois, Charley Davis
- Episode #1: 9 Trumpet Tips, John Audino, Paul Panichi