Shop Visitor – Rick Baptist

Rick Baptist, Bob Reeves, & John
Rick, Bob, & John at the shop.

We had L.A. trumpet player Rick Baptist come up to the shop the other day to work on a couple of piccolo trumpet mouthpieces.  Rick used the piccolo mouthpieces on a recent movie session and he let us know they did the trick!

One of the best things about being in this business so long (over 40 years now) is that you can see the progress of trumpet players throughout their careers. I remember making Rick’s first piece when he was just starting out in Vegas…I won’t say how many years ago that was…and now he’s one of the most in-demand trumpet players in L.A.  I love working with young trumpet students because they too will be top-call players.

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Opa Opa On Tour!

We had Oswaldo Bernard, the band leader of L.A.-based latin band OPA OPA, in the shop to pick up a new mouthpiece for a friend (what a great friend, huh!) and have us do some work on his horn.  It turns out he’s taking off to go on tour to Costa Rica and then on to New York for a week. If you are near New York in September, see if you can swing by and check them out. They will be in Battery Park on Sept. 8th and in Tropical Reflections in Brooklyn on the 11th. Check their web site for more details.

One of the best parts about working here at the shop is that when our customers leave with a mouthpiece or a valve alignment, they often leave their CD’s behind! We’ve been listening to both of OPA OPA’s CD’s (Mojaditicos & Los Paisajes) all day and we highly recommend picking them up from either their web site here, or from iTunes.

It was great seeing Oswaldo, and I have to admit it would be kind of nice taking off to Costa Rica and New York for a few weeks, but he didn’t have any more room in his luggage!

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Disneyland All-American College Band Reunion

We had the pleasure of having Tim, Michael, and Alphonso – most of the trumpet section of the Disneyland All-American College Band – visit us last month trying out mouthpieces. They are an incredible bunch of talented college players from across the country who come out for the summer to play in the park (and get paid too!). They ended up with some more efficient mouthpieces to make their jobs easier at the park (5 shows a day), and some cylinder reinforcers for their Xeno horns.

Then a few weeks later we had Cade visit us from South Dakota for a valve alignment, only to find out that he was visiting for the Disney band’s reunion concert. Although we couldn’t make it to the park to see the show, we did find some videos online to share with you of the band. It looks like they had a lot of fun…and word has it that on “Bubbles was a Cheerleader” they had trumpet players who only played the ‘doits’.

Enjoy –

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