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2016 International Trumpet Guild Conference – Anaheim, CA

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We are excited to be heading down the road to Anaheim, CA for this year’s International Trumpet Guild Conference! The conference runs from May 31st to June 4th, and will be full of great performances, clinics, and lectures. We will have a huge selection of mouthpieces and accessories, you can get a valve alignment done on your instrument, and try a selection of fine Van Laar Trumpets and Flugelhorns. We are excited that we will also have a selection of Charley Davis trumpets as well as original art and prints by artist Phil Jordan.

Be sure to swing by the Bob Reeves Brass booth in the main hall to meet Bob, Brett, Mike, and John!

Valve alignment

How far out are your valves?
How far out are your valves?

Have you always wanted a Bob Reeves Patented Valve Alignment but don’t want to ship your trumpet to our shop? You’re in luck because we’ll be doing alignments at the ITG Conference. Just drop your horn off at our booth and you can pick it up the next day! A few same day appointments are available.

If you’re not sure you need an alignment, you can bring your trumpet by our booth and we will be happy to measure it to show you how far out of alignment it is, free of charge.

We will be having a valve alignment special at the show, discounting from our normal price by $25! We are only doing a limited number of alignments and reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Book Your Valve Alignment Early and Save $45!

If you book your alignment and prepay for it now, you will save an additional $25 for a total savings of $45. Just click the button below and checkout using our secure online shopping cart. If for some reason you will be unable to be at the ITG Conference, the credit from your pre-order can be used for any future work at our shop.

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Trumpet Consultations

Bob Reeves Consulting with a Customer
Bob Reeves consulting with a customer at a previous ITG conference

Our staff will be available during the entire conference for mouthpiece and equipment consultation. For those players who live far away from LA, this is a great opportunity to meet Bob Reeves and garner some of his knowledge and stories! Brett, Mike, and John will also be available during the show for equipment consultations (although their stories are not nearly as entertaining as Bob’s!).

Mouthpieces, mouthpieces, and more mouthpieces

350 Trumpet Mouthpieces at the ITG Conference
350 Trumpet Mouthpieces at the ITG Conference

If you’ve never visited our booth at a trade show before, you are in for a real treat. We bring everything but the kitchen sink. Here’s a partial list of stuff we will have for you to try (and buy!) at the show:

Other Fun Stuff

Besides the vast mouthpiece selection, we will have the following accessories and products on display:

Van Laar Trumpets and Flugelhorns

Van Laar Oiram II Bb TrumpetWe will have an assortment of Van Laar Trumpets and Flugelhorns available for purchase at the show. Along with our own inventory, Van Laar will have over 30 instruments available to purchase through us.

We will be bringing:

  • BR2 Bb Trumpet
  • B3 Bb Trumpet
  • B4 Bb Trumpet
  • B5 Bb Trumpet
  • B7 Bb Trumpet
  • Chuck Findley Signature Bb Trumpet
  • Oiram V-Flow Bb Trumpet
  • B1 Flugelhorn
  • B3 Flugelhorn
  • B6 Flugelhorn
  • Oiram Ack Flugelhorn

Charley Davis Trumpet

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. After years of trying to find a horn that played like his he decided that perhaps he should just make one. There are currently four models being offered, the 1S-2, 1S-7, 1S-9 based on vintage Calicchio Hollywood designs and his own signature model based on his sterling silver 37.

Art by Phil Jordan

Phil Jordan maintains an extensive and unique background in
the areas of fine art, graphic design, illustration, education and
music.

fatsPhil has been creating fine art and graphic design twenty­plus
years and he has developed a portfolio of unique variety. His
expertise includes composition and design, freehand and
digital illustration, painting and fine art. In 2002, Phil created his
most memorable, commercial illustration work for the world
famous KROQ, Kevin and Bean Acoustic Christmas, Fo
Shizzle St Nizzle CD. He is currently working on his first book,
The Art of Composition.

Phil has also played trumpet for Orange County’s highly
successful pop artists, No Doubt and the Offspring. With No
Doubt, you can hear his trumpet sound on Tragic Kingdom,
The Beacon Street Collection and on Cellophane Boy, a B-
Side recording featured on the Simple Kind of Life single. You
can also hear his trumpet­sound on the Offspring, Americana
and Splinter CDs. In 2004, he earned a grammy award for
playing on Toots and the Maytals, best reggae recording,True
Love. Other highlights in his music career include playing on
American Idol’s Kimberley Locke, Eighth Wonder of the World,
CD. Phil continues to practice trumpet daily and record with
many artists. His latest project will feature his horn
arrangements and trumpet playing with the San Diego folk/pop
group, Sara Petite.To hear his own compositions, check out his
CD, 8 Lanes Wide, on youtube.

miles 03Phil earned his BM in trumpet performance from CSULB. He
has also completed two master’s degrees; an MM in music
composition from CSULA and a MAEd, in educational
leadership. Phil is currently a credentialed K­12 music teacher,
working for the Garden Grove unified school district.

witch_huntPhil continues to freelance out of his home studio and is
always available for a wide variety of fine art, graphic design
and music projects. He adores the Holy Trinity, loves playing
trumpet, guitar, writing songs, singing, painting, drawing,
reading, philosophy, teaching, surfing, skate–boarding,
hanging out with friends and most of all, spending time with his
awesome kids, Megan, Morgan and Miles.

The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast; Episode #22: Jerry Hey

Episode #22 – Jerry Hey

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode #22 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features Jerry Hey, trumpet player and 5-time Grammy Award winning arranger.

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This podcast is brought to you by Bob Reeves Brass. Check us out at bobreeves.com. If you’re on the market for a new trumpet or flugelhorn, we carry Van Laar Trumpets Flugelhorns.

Click here to learn more about the William Adam Seminar!

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The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast; Episode #15: Bill Adam Tribute

Episode #15 – A Tribute to William “Bill” Adam

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode #15 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features a tribute to William “Bill” Adam, or Mr. Adam as he is more commonly referred to by his students. Some of Mr. Adam’s L.A. students — Chris Botti, Charley Davis, Larry Hall, Jerry Hey, and Robert Slack — got together one morning to share stories about their mentor. Also included are stories contributed by some of Mr. Adam’s students from around the country: John Harbaugh, John Head, Mark Minasian, Jim O’Banion, Dr. Karl Sievers, Greg Wing, Phil May, David Roth, and Dr. George Tsoutsouris.

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If you have stories you would like to add to this tribute, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below. Also, consider adding your comments to the public memorial on the Indiana University blog .
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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.

Charley Davis Trumpet Video – “Something”

We’ve been swamped here the last few weeks and haven’t been able to update the blog as much as we’d like. We just had Charley drop by the other day for a valve alignment and though it would be great to share this video of him back in his Buddy Rich days playing the tune “Something”. I can’t think of a better way to spend the weekend than listening to a beautiful song played by a wonderful trumpet player. Enjoy!

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