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Video: Trumpet Mouthpiece In The Making

A lot of work goes into making every Bob Reeves Brass trumpet mouthpiece. Even our stock mouthpieces take from 45 minutes to an hour to make, and that is after the blank is made on our CNC Lathe.

You can see how an underpart blank is made in our previous blog post here.

Below is a time-lapse video we took that shows how many steps are involved in making a Bob Reeves mouthpiece.

 

Michael Sachs — The Other Side of the Bell: Episode #40

Episode #40 — Michael Sachs

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode #40 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra, Michael Sachs.

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Playing Taps in the Cold

We received this moving picture from our customer Murray Gordon, who is often requested to play Taps to honor our service members who have passed away. Murray told that during the winter months the temperature dips well below freezing, making an already difficult performance even harder. To help with the cold he uses our Classical Series mouthpiece with a Delrin plastic rim.

Jerry Hey – Larry Hall Extended William Adam Trumpet Routine

About the Trumpet Routine

Larry Hall (far right) recording a new project for Seawind.
Larry Hall (far right) recording a project for Seawind.

We have received many requests for the trumpet routine that Larry Hall and Jerry Hey practiced together at Indiana University under their trumpet professor Mr. William “Bill” Adam. Larry and Jerry were generous to spend several hours researching and compiling the exercises they practiced along with some of the modifications.

They provided some examples of how they would modify individual exercises to keep them fresh and expand how they trained their ears. Be creative and come up with your own!

This routine is not intended as a one-size-fits-all approach to the trumpet. It should be used as an informative look into their daily routine and how they expanded the exercises. Continue reading Jerry Hey – Larry Hall Extended William Adam Trumpet Routine

The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast; Episode #7: Michael Cichowicz

Episode #7 – Mike Cichowicz

Mike Cichowicz and Bob Reeves at ITG 3013
Mike Cichowicz and Bob Reeves at ITG 3013

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #7 of The Other Side Of The Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features an interview with Mike Cichowicz sharing stories about his career, his father, Bud Herseth, Derek Watkins and the Flow Studies books.

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About Mike Cichowicz

Mike Cichowicz’s career has been one of many trumpet players’ dreams. Born in Evanston, IL to the son of legendary trumpet performer/teacher Vincent Cichowicz. He attended Pepperdine University in Malibu California. Mike has had a remarkable career performing with Rod Stewart, Tower of Power, Huey Lewis and the News and lead trumpet at Harrah’s in Reno. He currently resides in Chicago, IL where he is active in the freelance scene. He recently began working in the publishing world, working with Marc Dulin, compiling his father’s Long Tone Studies and Flow Studies books.

Vincent CichowiczVincent Cichowicz was member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s trumpet section from 1952 until 1974 and professor emeritus of trumpet at Northwestern University. A lifetime figure on the music scene in Chicago, Cichowicz had served on the faculty at Northwestern since 1959 and as professor of trumpet from 1974 until his retirement in 1998. He began his musical career at the age of seventeen as a member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and, after military service in the Fifth Army Band, returned to Chicago to attend Roosevelt University. He was a member of the Civic Orchestra from 1947 until 1950 and in 1952 became a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where he remained for twenty-three years under music directors Rafael Kubelík, Fritz Reiner, Jean Martinon, and Sir Georg Solti. During this period he also was a member of the Chicago Symphony Brass Quintet and was a participant in the Grammy Award-winning recording of The Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli. His long tones studies and flow studies have become standards in brass pedagogy.

Herseth-ca.-1990s-Jim-Steere-photo-e1366060801661Bud Herseth was principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony from 1948 – 2001. He was born in Lake Park, MN in July in 1921. Herseth grew up playing in his father’s dance band and later attended Luther College and served in U.S. Navy School of Music during WWII. During his tenure with the Chicago Symphony he played under such world renowned conductors as Fritz Reiner, George Solti and Daniel Barenboim. The numerous recordings he played on have become the benchmark for modern orchestral trumpet playing.

derek watkinsDerek Watkins had an international reputation as one of the best all-round trumpet players. He has played for Johnny Dankworth, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, Ted Heath and Frank Sinatra and the James Last Orchestra. He regularly played for TV shows and has also given concerts and made recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent recordings include a solo album ‘Increased Demand’ and sound tracks for the Batman and ALL 23 James Bond movies. Click here to learn more about Derek’s Sarcoma charity and to get your own Super G t-shirt.

Front-Cover-VC-Vol-2-231x300Flow Studies – Volume One by Vincent Cichowicz contains the first 40 Flow Studies with a forward by Larry Knoop, Principal trumpet of the Vancouver Symphony. Included with the book is a CD of Neal Bernsten, Bruce Briney, Robert Dorer, Mark Hughes, Larry Knoop, Tom Rolfs, Judy Saxton, David Vonderheide & Eric Yates; all former students of Vincent Cichowicz, playing through the flow studies. It also includes an excerpt from one of Mr. Cichowicz’ master classes.

 

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The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast; Episode #6: Carroll Purviance, Harry Kim

Episode #6 – Carroll Purviance, Harry Kim

The Other Side of the Bell - A Trumpet PodcastWelcome to the show notes for Episode #6 of The Other Side Of The Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features an interview with Harry Kim, founder of the Vine Street Horns, and Bob Reeves sharing stories about one of his mentors, Carroll Purviance.

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About Trumpet Mouthpiece Maker Carroll Purviance

Carroll Purviance in his shop in Los Angeles, CA.
Carroll Purviance in his shop in Los Angeles, CA.

Carroll Purviance was a prominent brass mouthpiece maker in Los Angeles, CA starting in the mid- to late-1930s. He worked in his shop on Sunset Boulevard right up to his death in 1969.

While Purviance is most known for his trumpet mouthpiece line, he also made mouthpieces for bass trombone, trombone, cornet, and french horn.

Before settling in Los Angeles, Purviance played cornet with Dunbar’s White Hussars band that traveled on the Chautauqua Circuit.

Purviance learned his craft from some great local craftsman. Among them were: Roe Plimpton, Earl Strickler, and Earl Williams.

Particular Performers Prefer Purviance

An original Purviance Mouthpiece catalog.
An original Purviance Mouthpiece catalog.

Purviance trumpet and cornet mouthpieces are still made today by Bob Reeves Brass using the same tooling and methods used decades ago.

You can find out more about the particular mouthpiece models on the Purviance Mouthpiece page on our website.

 

 

About Trumpet Player Harry Kim

Harry Kim with Bob Reeves
Harry Kim with Bob Reeves

Harry’s bio courtesy of HarryKimTrumpet.com: “Harry Kim is one of the most visible musicians of our time, with numerous appearances on awards shows, international television specials, and world tours with global superstars. His stage presence, versatility, and leadership qualities both on and off stage make him stand-out, whether in the roll as a sideman or frontman. His writing and arranging for his Vine Street Horns and others are an example of creativity.

Harry’s experience is extremely diverse from playing with the legendary Harry James to some of the most contemporary artists such as Lady Gaga. HIs long list of credits and discography reveals his extending outside the USA with artists in Latin America, France, and other parts of the world. Harry is fluent in Spanish, and also speaks French.

The albums, television, and movies that Harry has been associated with have receive numerous awards such as gold records, platinum records, multi-platinum records, Grammys, Latin Grammys, Emmys, and Oscars. Extraordinary events  and things such as concerts to 500,000 people, being on stage when Michael Jackson debuted the Moon Walk, or opening the Grammys with over 25 million people watching.

Through all of this he maintains a unique outlook on life that is inspiring for any listener. Often there is a mystique about how people achieve success. But, this is not the case with Harry as he shares his life lessons. He is able to connect with any audience with a genuine openness that doesn’t hide anything.

Listeners receive practical lessons from one of the most experienced musicians of our time. These presentations are engaging, incorporate multimedia, and are appropriate for business conferences, church leadership conferences, and music conventions.”

Be sure to check out Harry Kim’s website at www.harrykimtrumpet.com.

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Credits

A huge thank you for the following people for their help in creating this podcast:

  • Howie Shear – Our theme music is from Howie’s wonderful album “Bobpliography”. Check out his website at www.howieshear.com
  • Preston Shephard, SC Soundlabs – Preston takes whatever sound files we record and makes us sound good!
  • Phil Jordan – Phil did our amazing, original cover art for our podcast. He’s also a great trumpet player! You can check out more of his work at www.philjordan.us

The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast; Episode #5: David Bilger, Canadian Brass

Episode #5 – David Bilger; Canadian Brass

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode #5 of The Other Side Of The Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features an interview with David Bilger, principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Bob Reeves sharing stories about his relationship with the original members of the Canadian Brass.

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About David Bilger

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Here is David’s biography from the Philadelphia Orchestra web site:

David Bilger holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois. Hailed by the New York Times for his playing of “easy brilliance” and by theWashington Post for his “engaging legatotouch,” Mr. Bilger has held the position of principal trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995. Prior to joining the Orchestra, he held the same position with the Dallas Symphony.

As a soloist, Mr. Bilger has appeared with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Oakland Symphony, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, and others. His solo appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra include a 2008 US Premiere of Herbert Willi’s Eirene for trumpet and orchestra as well as performances of the Tomasi

Trumpet Concerto at Carnegie Hall, and on tour in North and South America in 1998; Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in February 2003; Copland’s Quiet City in October 2004; and Bloch’s Proclamation in 2006. Mr. Bilger has performed recitals in New York, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and other major American cities. 

Mr. Bilger has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with which he recorded Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto. Other chamber music appearances include Chamber Music Northwest, the New York Trumpet Ensemble, Saint Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, as well as guest appearances with the Canadian Brass and the Empire Brass. He recently released a recording of new electro-acoustic music for trumpet and synthesizers with composer Meg Bowles.

Mr. Bilger is currently on the music faculties of the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Temple University, and he has formerly been affiliated with Swarthmore College, Catholic University, Rice University, and the University of North Texas. He has performed master classes at dozens of institutions, including the Juilliard School of Music, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Peabody Conservatory. He has also taught at the Pacific Music Festival and the National Orchestral Institute and in the summer of 2012 at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

David Bilger Lessons on ArtistWorks.com

David Bilger has joined with ArtistWorks to give the aspiring trumpet player a unique opportunity to study with one of the world’s foremost musicians and teachers at a fraction of the cost of a private lesson.

From ArtistWorks.com:

You get unlimited access to an essential collection of HD video classical trumpet lessons, fundamental skills, etudes, key orchestral excerpts and solo repertoire created by David Bilger to help you with auditions and competitions. Whenever you need advice you can show Mr. Bilger what you’re playing and get personalized video feedback designed to take your playing to the next level. These interactions are paired together online for you and all the students to learn from.

You can sign up for for eight free sample lessons here by going to:
http://play.artistworks.com/free-sample-trumpet-lessons-david-bilger

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David Bilger’s Equipment

David Bilger plays on a C trumpet build in collaboration with the S.E. Shires Company. Click here for more information on the Bilger 419 Orchestral C Trumpet.

The Canadian Brass

Here are some photos of Bob Reeves with the Canadian Brass taken during the time he worked with them:

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The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast: Episode #3; John Clyman, Jay Daversa

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode #3 of The Other Side Of The Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features Bob Reeves telling stories about famed trumpet player Bud Brisbois. Then, John Snell sits down for a trumpet talk with Jay Daversa.

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Jay Daversa

Bob Reeves with Jay Daversa during a recent visit.
Bob Reeves with trumpet player Jay Daversa during a recent visit.

Jay Daversa sits down with our own John Snell to share his experiences over decades of playing the trumpet. Jay started out at a very young age performing on TV with dance bands. After serving time in the military, Jay joined Stan Kenton’s band as the jazz trumpeter. Since then, Jay has toured with some of the world’s largest artists (Elvis, Barbara Streisand), and has performed on hundreds of TV and Movie soundtracks.

Jay has an album out that is available from CDBaby and on iTunes. He is also available for internet trumpet lessons. Check out his web site – www.jaydaversa.com –  for more information.

 

Here’s a rare video of Jay in a 1957 television appearance that he discusses in his interview:

John Clyman

John Clyman was a virtuoso trumpet player. He was principal trumpet in the L.A. Philharmonic, then went on to a long career as first trumpet in the 20th Century Fox studio orchestra. His sound can be heard in thousands of movies, and was one of the first to record the famed 20th Century Fox fanfare.

Bob Reeves first met John as one of his trumpet students. John Clyman was instrumental in fostering Bob’s talents and was the one that got Bob’s machining career of the ground. Bob and John were close friends the rest of John’s life.

Previous Episodes

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The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast: Episode #2; Bud Brisbois, Charley Davis

The Other Side of the Bell - A Trumpet PodcastWelcome to the show notes for Episode #2 of The Other Side Of The Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features Bob Reeves telling stories about famed trumpet player Bud Brisbois. Then, John Snell sits down for a trumpet talk with Hollywood studio musician, Charley Davis.

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Bud Brisbois – More than a high note trumpet player

This is a flyer from Bob's collection of Bud Brisbois and his band Butane.
This is a flyer from Bob Reeves’ collection of Bud Brisbois and his band Butane.

Bud Brisbois was a top call studio player in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Many know of him today because of his incredible upper register, but he was also an amazing musician.

Bob Reeves was fortunate to hear Bud on many occasions. He recounts the first time hearing Bud sit in with a big band at Dante’s jazz club in North Hollywood. Then meeting Bud at the 1972 Trumpet Guild conference that lead to Bud coming into Bob’s shop for work. Here are some photos of Bud’s mouthpiece that Bob mentions in the podcast.

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Bud Brisbois' original trumpet mouthpiece, made by Burt Herrick and altered by Dominic Calicchio.
Bud Brisbois’ original trumpet mouthpiece, made by Burt Herrick and altered by Dominic Calicchio.

Here are some links to more information on Bud Brisbois:

Trumpet Interview with Charley Davis

Charley Davis has been one of the top call studio players in Los Angeles for decades and developed the successful Charles Davis line of trumpet mutes.

Trumpet player Charley Davis warming up his Bach.
Trumpet player Charley Davis warming up his Bach.

In this interview, Charley shares his experiences growing up in a small town in Indiana, his time studying with Bill Adam at Indiana University, life on the road with Woody Herman and Buddy Rich, and then how he grew roots and settled in L.A.

Charley shares his insights into being a successful trumpet player and the sacrifices necessary. He also discusses he development of his successful trumpet mute line.

Here are three of the original prototypes of Charles Davis trumpet mute line (cup mute, harmon mute, and straight mute).
Here are three of the original prototypes of Charles Davis trumpet mute line (cup mute, harmon mute, and straight mute).

Listener Call In Line

We have set up a new call in line that you can use to leave us a recorded message that may be answered in an upcoming podcast. Just leave us a message at (661) 776-5537. This is a great way to cross promote your work if you have a web site as it will be announced on the air and we will link to your web site in the show notes.