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Bob Reeves

Bob Reeves holds an AA degree in Arts and Engineering from China Lake Naval Ordinance Test Station where he apprenticed for six years as an experimental machinist and toolmaker. He also worked for the Eldon Benge Company, in Burbank, California. Originally, he was hired as a bell and tool maker but soon ended up building every part of the trumpet, as well as assembling trumpets when needed. During that time he also worked with Carroll Purviance, where he honed his skill as a mouthpiece maker.

Bob will always be a musician, and in his younger years played the trumpet. He studied the trumpet with John Clyman (the principal trumpet with the 20th Century Fox studios for twenty-five years) at Los Angeles City College while pursuant of his AA degree in Arts and Music.

Bob Reeves has been working with brass players, making mouthpieces, and adjusting their instruments since 1964 and continues to study and improve upon the methods and products that he develops.

Bob is also a master knife sharpener and an expert chef.


Jose Arteaga

Jose Arteaga has been working at Bob Reeves Brass Mouthpieces since 1987. He produces the majority of stock mouthpieces, and, considering his immense experience, his mouthpieces are second to none. Jose is a native Spanish speaker and has consulted with many trumpet players over the years.

Jose was born and raised in Atolinga, Mexico, and is a proud father and grandfather. Jose enjoys listening to music and visiting his family in Mexico.


Brett Kendall

Brett Kendall began working at the Bob Reeves shop over two years ago and began playing the trumpet over twelve years ago. He started out at the shop making mouthpieces and has since expanded into doing valve alignments and consulting with players. Brett works closely with Bob designing new mouthpieces, tools, and measuring devices.

He is finishing his Bachelor's of Music degree in Trumpet Performance at California State University Northridge, where he has studied with Dr. Richard Hofmann. He has also studied the trumpet with Dr. Howard Shear and John Snell.

Outside the shop, he enjoys art, German beer, literature, and museums.


John Snell

John Snell started working for Bob in 2001. He manages the shop and works daily with customers and dealers. He has aligned thousands of valves over the last ten years.

John started playing trumpet at the age of five, studying with his father, Keith Snell. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Trumpet Performance at California State University Northridge where he studied with William Bing. His other teachers include Robert Karon, Charley Davis, Bob Slack and Dr. Howard Shear.

John holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

John enjoys cigars and traveling with his wife and young son.



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