From The Archives: Irving Bush Photo

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.”

Irving Bush Playing Trumpet
Irving Bush playing trumpet circa 1952 prior to his tenure with the L.A. Philharmonic.

Bob Reeves with Maurice Andre and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Trumpet Section

Maurice Andre with Bob Reeves and the SFSO Trumpet Section
Bob Reeves with Maurice Andre and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Trumpet Section. From Left to Right: Bob Reeves, Don Reinberg, Tom Heimberg, Laurie McGaw, Maurice Andre, Edward Haug, Phil Shoptaugh, and Chris Bogios.

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.