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20 minutes | Feb 20, 2022
My favorite emails I've written in the last 90 days
Sorry, no interview for you today. But in the spirit of keeping the trains running on time, I wanted put something out.I combed through the emails I've sent to my newsletter subscribers over the last few months and read some of my favorites on this episode!If you like what you hear, I invite you to subscribe to my (almost) daily email newsletter. You can subscribe at https://jamesnewcombontrumpet.com
51 minutes | Feb 12, 2022
Justin Bland Returns to Discuss Baroque v. Classical, Finding the Right Teacher, Directing Music Festivals, and Much More.
What a privilege it is to welcome back to the show Justin Bland! I got to chat with Justin in the summer of '21 and was excited to book him for another interview. Justin is a truly world-class performer and teacher in all things trumpet, particularly baroque trumpet. I encourage you to give our previous interview a listen when you're finished with this one: https://trumpetdynamics.live/bland1In this episode with Justin, you'll discover:-Why James Newcomb conscientiously objects to the use of the word "podcast" to describe this show-Justin Bland's most influential teachers-Tales of arranging for trumpet ensembles -"Misshapen pearls": An impromptu masterclass on trumpet history-How Justin vets potential participants for a music festival he directs in Denmark-And much more...About the guest:Applauded for his “gleaming trumpet work” (Hyde Park Herald) and “dazzling virtuosity” (Grunion Gazette), the American trumpeter Justin Bland is a versatile musician, performing on both historical and modern trumpets. He specializes in early music, most notably in difficult high-register music for Baroque trumpet; for example, he has played Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with groups in Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, the USA, Canada, Serbia, and Colombia. Before formally studying Baroque trumpet, Justin won first prize in multiple historical instruments divisions of the National Trumpet Competition. As a highly sought-after solo/principal Baroque trumpeter, Dr. Bland has performed with several leading early music ensembles throughout North America including American Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, Washington Bach Consort, Tempesta di Mare, Musica Angelica, Scaramella, Bach Collegium San Diego, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, and many others. He has also played in South America with Ensamble Barroco de Bogotá.Now living in Denmark, Justin continues to perform as both a soloist and ensemble musician, combining ongoing North American engagements with new collaborations with leading Baroque ensembles in Denmark as well as in the rest of Scandinavia and Europe. In Europe he has played with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Les Arts Florissants, Camerata Øresund, Barokksolistene, Arte dei Suonatori, Göteborg Baroque, ensemble Paulus Barokk, Orkester Nord (previously known as Trondheim Barokk), Göttinger Barockorchester, TSO Tidlig (the early music band of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Opera), Wrocław Baroque Ensemble, New Trinity Baroque, Höör Barock, Enghave Barok, BaroqueAros, Copenhagen Soloists, the Næstved Early Music Festival, Ensemble Hven, and several others.As a modern trumpeter, Justin has experience performing in orchestras, wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, pit orchestras for opera and musical theater, British brass bands, and numerous chamber ensembles. Before beginning his college career, he was principal trumpeter of the DC Youth Orchestra and had the opportunity to tour Japan as a trumpet soloist. He also performed regularly with the Prince George’s Philharmonic while in high school. More recently, he as appeared as a soloist with the South Dakota Symphony, the Firelands Symphony, and the Las Vegas Sinfonietta.In addition to being a trumpeter, Justin is also a countertenor and has sung with Apollo’s Fire and Opera Cleveland. While in Ohio working on his Master’s degree, he was an alto section leader in the chamber and chancel choirs at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland and was the countertenor with Cantores Cleveland (now Contrapunctus). Justin also plays recorder.Justin earned his DMA in trumpet performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received his MA in early music performance practices from Case Western and his BM in trumpet performance from the University of Maryland. His primary trumpet teachers include Chris Gekker, Barry Bauguess, Steven Hendrickson, Steven Trinkle, and Justin Emerich. He has studied voice with Delores Zeigler, Ellen Hargis, and Aaron Sheehan. As a graduate assistant, Justin taught courses in ear training and music appreciation, and was a harpsichord tuner.
47 minutes | Feb 6, 2022
How Our "Why" Changes Over Time, The Proper Role of Trumpet in Life, Why We Keep Playing. James Newcomb is Put On the Hot Seat by Wife Sana!
trumpetdynamics.live/jamesandsanaThe first episode of Trumpet Dynamics was published in January 2016; and it occurred to me that no one has actually asked me about my own journey on the trumpet.So I asked my wife Sana to ask me some questions about my trumpet career, as well as how the podcast has impacted me personally!Here's what you'll hear in today's episode:-Housekeeping items...02:00Remember the URL trumpetdynamics.live!Find me on the web and subscribe to my daily email newsletter at jamesnewcombontrumpet.com-Sana shares her first memory of James playing trumpet in 2019...10:30-Why music from Sana's native land is so difficult to "get" for a Westerner...15:45-How James got his start on trumpet...18:50-Why James is grateful trumpet hasn't been his only career...25:13-When, where, why and how did James Newcomb begin the Trumpet Dynamics podcast?...32:30-What the podcast has taught James about trumpet and life...35:35-And much more!**I got a cold sore this weekend, and boy did I wish I had some Robinson's Remedies Lip Repair on hand! I'm overseas as I type this, so I didn't have it available. But it's what I rely on to keep my chops in shape. Click here to order a tube of Lip Repair or Lip Renew for yourself.
61 minutes | Jan 3, 2022
From Humble Midwestern Beginnings, to Founding the Largest Trumpet Competition in the World. In Person Interview with Denny Edelbrock!
Dennis Edelbrock has performed with The United States Army Band and the Army Brass Quintet since 1975. The National Trumpet Competition, hosted at GMU, is the largest in the world and has provided performing opportunities for over 11,000 students since its inception in 1992. In exhibition concerts, it has featured such artists as Canadian Brass, Grammy Award winners Arturo Sandoval and Chris Botti as well as Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson, Alan Vizzutti, Adolph Herseth, Tim Morrison, Jamey Aebersole Mnozil Brass, Philip Smith among many others. ts website hosts online masterclasses by some of the world’s greatest artists. NTC is supported, in part, by all the major trumpet manufacturers and has a budget of $80,000 per year.Contact Dr. Edelbrock: firstname.lastname@example.org
24 minutes | Dec 12, 2021
There's a Place At the Table for Everyone Who Wants to Dine (and Cook)
It just may not be the table you think is right for you...Links mentioned:trumpetdynamics.live/csohistorytrumpetdynamics.live/rostertrumpetdynamics.live/lair
107 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
The Music Mind Podcast featuring Jim Manley, Brian Hayes Interviewer
Link to the video interview between Brian and Jim Manley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUXkjq3qUTo&t=16sBrian Hayes' website: https://brianhayes.biz
74 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
An Auto-Didact Sax Pro Shares Valuable Insights on Professional Mindset, Persistence, Creativity and Much More.
I admit I was a bit too quick to brush this interview off. Brian Hayes contacted me awhile back letting me know he'd just published an interview with the great Jim Manley, and would I be so kind as to share it with people I know.I don't typically do such things, but I did ask Brian if he would be game for a call and put our chat on the podcast feed. He was indeed game, and while I thought I'd give the obligatory 25 minutes or so to a non-trumpet player roaming the hallowed halls of the Trumpet Dynamics podcast, it ended up being a terrific interview that I'm sure you'll enjoy - especially if you're the entrepreneurial, creative type of musician.A bonus I'm sure you'll love is Brian's interview with Jim Manley. It's over two hours long, so I'm publishing it as a separate episode.So you've got your hands full of content this weekend!
49 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
That's One Happy Orchestra! Why the Utah Symphony is Excelling, How Effective Leadership Affects An Ensemble's Sound and Morale, What It's Like Going Home as a Quasi-Celebrity and Much More with Travis Peterson.
Today we welcome principal trumpeter with the Utah Symphony (aka the quarterback of the orchestra to folks in his hometown of Milaca, MN) Travis Peterson. Travis was mentioned often in the episode with Jeff Luke, which I highly recommend you listen to as well, and so it was a tremendous honor to have Travis on the show as well.Here's a little bit of what you'll hear in this episode:-Learning the fundamentals in drum corps...-Life in the Utah Symphony...-That's one happy orchestra!...-What it would take for the Utah Symphony to be an industry leader on par with Chicago, New York, etc...-How a new concertmaster brought in a new sound and energy to the entire ensemble...-What it's like to be regarded as a pseudo-celebrity when Travis visits home...-And much more!Episode sponsors:The Utah Symphony Audition CommitteeThe State of Utah Department of Tourism and General Happiness
47 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Jeff Luke Shares Earning His Bones on the Road With the Atlantic Brass, Finding Home in the Symphony, Mimicking Audition Conditions, and Much More!
I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Luke this past summer at a concert in Milaca, MN - hometown of Jeff's colleague in the Utah Symphony Travis Peterson (who's featured in the next episode of the show). He was down for scheduling a remote interview and I know share it with you for your listening pleasure. And if we're lucky, you might learn some thing too ;)Here's a bit of what you'll hear in this episode with Jeff:-A surprise Christmas gift...-What's the difference between a principal and associate principal player?...-Earning his bones on the road with the Atlantic Brass Quintet...-How Atlantic Brass set itself apart from other quintet's...-Why Jeff feels more at home in the orchestra - with another guy hogging the spotlight...-Unique audition preparation tips...-And much more...We also spoke into existence Jeff's website jefflukemusic.com. Jeff, we know it's a matter of time before we see that baby come to life!
44 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
How a Shy, Nerdy Sarah Herbert Found Her Calling With the Trumpet and Is Now Blazing New Trails for Future Generations of Musicians
When Sarah Herbert auditioned for the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, she flat out neglected the inner voice reminding her of the magnitude of her environment. One of the finest music conservatories in the United States. Studying under the keen and discerning eye of top instructors. Pressure to maintain peak performance at all times.None of that registered with young Sarah. She blazed her way through that audition, with pure and reckless abandonment. Would that we all could play with that blissful ignorance.Then school began, and suddenly she became aware of the immense talent surrounding her - not to mention how far she had to go in her own development as a trumpet player.But she hung in there, and is now professor of trumpet at Western Kentucky University, and has been busy commissioning new works for trumpet and - wait for it - classical guitar quartet!What began as an experiment, just to see what will happen, has become in her words codified as a burgeoning genre from which new works will be written, and provide fresh opportunities for trumpeters near and far looking to leave their unique imprint on this sometimes busy and crowded world.In this Trailblazing episode, you'll discover:-The shy nerdy kid finds her voice playing trumpet...03:09-Trumpet becomes Sarah's calling in life...10:00-Sarah the Trailblazer: Getting commissioned to perform with a guitar quartet...18:50-A new genre is codified for trumpeters - and guitarists - looking for a niche in which to excel...37:15YouTube links to the two pieces featured in the episode:Concertino Principessa (Mark Anthony Cruz) https://youtu.be/KTM3eieJMyIFin de Fiesta (John Truitt) https://youtu.be/C2O-BQMa918Guest bio:Dr. Sarah Herbert is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Jazz at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Dr. Herbert teaches applied trumpet, trumpet ensemble, and directs the WKU Jazz Band. She has previously held faculty positions at the University of Wyoming, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Miami University Regionals in Hamilton, Ohio.Dr. Herbert’s performing career has been diverse and includes performances with professional jazz/commercial ensembles, orchestras and chamber groups including Orchestra Kentucky, Evansville Philharmonic, Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Wyoming Faculty Brass Quintet. In the Cincinnati area she has performed with the Fillmore Brass Band and Wind Ensemble, Washington Ave Brass Quintet, The Belairs 1950’s Show Band, The Casino Players Ensemble, Bach Chorale Singers, and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (Indiana). A native of Portland, Oregon, Herbert completed her Doctor of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2017. She also holds a Master of Music and Certification in Music Education from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
68 minutes | Nov 8, 2021
Manny Laureano Explains the Attributes of a Successful Musician, Why Too Many Orchestras are Playing It Safe, Advice for Creatives Getting Their Start in Today's Market and Much More!
Today is a really special episode. Not only because it's with a fantastic guest, Manny Laureano, but it was one of those rare occasions where I was able to record a podcast in person.That does not happen often.Manny and I just dove deep into a lot of things. And anyone who knows Manny knows that he is just a very thought provoking, very well spoken, very articulate gentleman. And he did not disappoint in this interview. I'm just going to leave it at that.Everybody knows Manny. Longtime principal trumpeter with the Minnesota Orchestra, and was also featured on a previous episode of this show which was a tribute to the great William Vacchiano.So you get to hear the relaxing hypnotic wind chimes in the background, every now and then there might be a cool breeze, but that just made it all that more special and all the more enjoyable.And I think you'll really enjoy this one.Here's what you'll hear in today's episode:-Manny's "post-graduate" education, i.e. his first gig in Seattle...05:54-The attributes of a successful musician in any field...10:03-Factors that determine which equipment one should use...18:14-Why Manny believes way too many orchestras are "playing it safe" today...27:45-Why the great Roger Voisin would be unemployed in today's audition circuit...35:21-What a creative might do if they find themselves disillusioned with the state of the "creative arts"...44:00-Using gimmicks tastefully to make the serious stuff palatable to the audience...51:23-What enables and motivates Manny to continually improve at the craft...-And much more!
47 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
No Jazz at Juilliard, Getting a Gig While Working at a Print Shop, Becoming Prolific While Scratching One's Own Itch and More with Chris Gekker!
What can we say about Chris Gekker?-Terrific trumpet player and teacher-Prolific writer of method and exercise books-Pioneer in the realm of brass chamber musicWe could go on and on. But some things are best left unsaid - or unwritten in the show notes until you hear them said ;)Enjoy this episode!In my chat with Chris Gekker, you'll discover:-How he got along during the pandemic...-Chris' start and early career on trumpet...-Getting the call for the American Brass Quintet working at the print shop...-The most difficult skill on trumpet...-Creating exercises to scratch his own itch, which become multiple method books...-How the physicality of playing has changed over the years and decades...-Why Julliard once forbade the playing of jazz in its hallways...-When Chris will know it's time to hang up the spurs...-The process of recording and releasing a new recording...-How pop music supports more obscure, niche compositions...-The easy things are often the hardest things...-And much more!Music at Emmanuel featuring Chris Gekker
40 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
Playing Lead Trumpet with Intention, and Dealing with Neurological Fatigue Brought on By Waaaay Too Much Trumpet Playing with James Blackwell
Ever play so much it hurt?Probably?But have you ever played so much that the mere thought of touching a trumpet hurt? Where you get a burning sensation in your lips at the sight of a horn?That was James Blackwell's reality brought on by simply too much playing, and he opens up about it and shares practical advice on how to avoid it.Also listen in to some awesome advice on knowing how to play a high not musically, not simply pressing hard and hoping for the best!In this conversation with James, you'll learn:-James describes his lead trumpet transcription book...-It's not the tool, it's the character of the one using it...-Undergoing a major embouchure change while keeping a professional gigging schedule...-Neurological fatigue associated with physical fatigue...-Advice for avoiding catastrophic injury, both physically and neurologically...-How growing older changes the priority of music and trumpet in one's life...
51 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Pictures on Acid, The 3 Simple Truths of Trumpet Playing, and Why Success Can be Terrifying with Tom Hooten
Thomas Hooten, Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is one of the world’s most prominent classical trumpeters today. Here's what you'll hear in this episode with Tom Hooten:-What has Tom fired up about trumpet, life, and how the two intersect...01:30-Why success can be terrifying...12:40-Discoveries made producing the album Trumpet Call...15:40-How one grows as a teacher as he grows as a person...21:44-Knowing when to teach, and when to let the student learn to teach themselves...30:51-Geeking out on the new concerto to be performed w/ the L.A. Phil...42:22-How a younger Tom Hooten would have responded to the challenges the present-day Tom Hooten embraces with fire in the eyes...45:15Resources mentioned:The Big LeapZero to One by Peter ThielGabriel CassoneTime to Think and More Time to Think by Mary Klein
35 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Why There Aren't Superstar Trumpeters Today, How to Profit from Writing a Book In a Tiny Niche, Tongue Placement Relative to Range and Endurance and More with Jeff Purtle
About my guest, Jeff Purtle:Author of Hit it Hard & Wish it Well:Claude Gordon’s Approach to Trumpet & Brass Playing A MultiTouch book available in the Apple Books Store (www.hitithardwishitwell.com)
37 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
How Sławomir Cichor Survived a Culture of Perpetual Fear to Find the Song in His Heart and Blaze a New Trail for Young Polish Trumpeters
You'll want to tune into this episode.Imagine existing in a professional music environment where fear is the dominating factor in everything you do.You miss a note and immediately get the stink eye from the maestro, fearful that one more misstep and you'll be out on the street, without a job and no hope of ever getting one again.The maestro even goes so far as to describe a performance by the great Phil Smith of the NY Phil as "terrible" because Phil (gasp!!!) missed a note during a performance.One would think that a job performing music in such an environment wouldn't be much fun at all.And one would be correct in thinking so.That was the reality that Sławomir Cichor faced on a daily basis. But then he visited a trumpet seminar hosted by Grand Valley State University circa 2012 and for the first time saw trumpeters performing for the pure love of performing.Music without the jackboot on the throat was suddenly enjoyable, and Sławomir has taken that joy he discovered at that seminar to his home country of Poland and shared it with those following in his footsteps.In this episode, you'll discover:-What does the trumpet scene look like in Poland?...02:02-How Slawomir got started on trumpet...07:20-Surviving a culture of perpetual fear...15:06-A trip to the U.S. opens the eyes to new possibilities...23:21-How Sławomir is opening new doors for younger players in Poland...27:43-And much more!
32 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
How to Practice Without Actually Practicing, Unplanned Diversions from “The Plan”, and Why The Grass is Sometimes Greener Right Where You Are with Michael Hengst
You're supposed to listen to this episode with Michael Hengst.Seriously. It was ordained from on high. Now, are you supposed to go to college? To get a particular job? To follow a particular path with your career?That's up for debate. And there's never been a more fruitful time in history to explore other "off the beatin' path" opportunities than today.Michael was following a path he was supposed to follow. Get a degree, another degree, yet another degree, then climb the ladder, play the game until you land an orchestra or prestigious teaching gig.Well, he realized he's just as happy at little old Metropolitan State U. Denver than he would be at any of the big universities or conservatories anywhere else.If anything, he might very well be leaving his dream job were he to pursue one of those gigs where the grass is only greener on the other side in your mind.Turns out MSU suits him just fine. He gets to play a lot, works with great kids, works with great faculty - and as you'll find out gives pretty dang good podcast interviews.So lean in, listen well, this could be the most important 30+ minutes you'll experience in the next half hour.Like this podcast? Looking for ways to support it? Visit me on the web at https://jamesnewcombontrumpet.com and leave a note saying hi. I'd love to hear from you and have you join my email list. I'm not one of those once in a blue moon type of emailers. I do it often, and try to keep it light and entertaining while hopefully passing on something that resembles "value".
37 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
An Insider's Look at the Biggest Trumpet Studio in the U.S., Why There's No Competition At the Top of the Craft, Memories of Gil Johnson and More w/ Professor John Holt
In this interview with Prof. John Holt of N. Texas University, you'll discover:-How freak diving injury led to greater awareness as a trumpeter...01:15-What opportunities for trumpeters exist now that didn't exist in the 70's...07:20-The higher you go up the pyramid, the less competition there will be...11:45-How trumpet is like a turtle...15:55-How to know a student is ready to progress to the next level...19:30-How Gil Johnson transformed American orchestral playing...28:20
44 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
Michael (Horn Doctor) Corrigan is Blazing a New Trail by Honoring the Legacy of the Great Craftsmen Who Preceded Him
Michael (Horn Doctor) Corrigan has devoted his life to the preservation of the musical instrument manufacturing industry. Combining his love for history and music, Corrigan began looking at instruments more as ‘artifacts’ early on. He attributes much of his approach for design to the knowledge gained by studying historic examples. After attending the prestigious Musical Instrument Repair program in Red Wing, Minnesota, Corrigan accepted a position apprenticing at a custom brass instrument factory near Boston, Massachusetts. Eventually after relocating to the Midwest, Kansas City Area, Corrigan further developed his skills in the trade under the tutelage of Master John Duda with the Calicchio Trumpet Company and Earl Williams Custom Trombones.In 2001, Corrigan founded B.A.C. Horn Doctor (Restoration and Repair Pro Shop), then eventually founded B.A.C. Musical Instruments LLC, now situated in Kansas City’s Historic Jazz District.After acquiring the now defunct Kanstul Musical Instruments factory tooling and relocating the assets to Kansas City, and the acquisition of E. Benge Company, B.A.C. Musical Instruments is positioned to not only preserve the legacy of old-world craftsmanship, but to continue the development and evolution of a revered American tradition.Corrigan is known for and was recognized by Mayor Mitch Landrieu for his efforts in the New Orleans music community post Hurricane Katrina as well as a collaboration with Trombone Shorty that put instruments into the hands of kids throughout New Orleans. He is a proud father of two and invests his spare time to the Scouting movement.If you enjoyed this episode and want to get to know your noble host a bit more, I encourage you to subscribe to my daily e-newsletter, where I share thoughts, musings and everything in-between with anyone who's willing to listen.
30 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
Foster… It’s Australian for Trumpet
In this conversation with Australian baroque trumpeter John Foster, you'll learn:-How John got interested in trumpet initially...-Did John feel "rushed" as he progressed so quickly as a youngster?...-Politics and broken dreams with the Sydney Opera House...-Competition keeping each other fresh and pushing for greatness...-How John became interested in baroque and period instruments...-Understand THIS and it will change your approach to playing...-The difference between a cornetto and a baroque trumpet...-Why are cornets and cornettos so different?...-Composers and pieces you should know:Resources mentioned:baroquebrass.comjohnfostertrumpet.comDrawstring77 YouTube channelSound the Trumpets on youtube
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