Irving Bush was a fantastic trumpet player for many decades in L.A. He played commercially with the Nelson Riddle and Harry James big bands before joining the L.A. Philharmonic where his tenure lasted 20 years. Irving also designed his own line of popular mouthpieces. His relationship with our shop dates back to the time of Carroll Purviance.
This is a photo of a very young Irving Bush playing the trumpet in what looks to be a big band setting. The photo is signed to Carroll Purviance: “Thanks to a wonderful friend and teacher, Irving R. Bush, 5-11-52.”
Here is another photo from our archives. It was taken on April 18, 1975 at a party after Maurice Andre’s performance with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Many of the musicians pictured are good friends and customers of mine that I’ve worked with through the years.