Versatility In the Modern Trumpeter

Monday April 18, 2016 “If you want to be constantly employed, you must be constantly increasing your value.” - Byron Stripling I am writing this post because it is near and dear to my heart. One of the things I hear trumpeters say is "I don't/can't do that. I only play jazz/legit music!" What a way to to sell yourself short. In 2015, Byron Stripling gave a masterclass at my Alma Mater. Of the questions asked of him, one of the best ones was "how do you keep getting gigs?" His response wa...
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Music is Business, Seriously.

Wednesday April 6, 2016 This is a topic frequently discussed in the music community, particularly when addressing students burgeoning into the world of music. What we do as musicians is a legitimate profession, and we must be paid FAIRLY for our services.  This is a hard sell when there are many amateur start-ups willing to play a club for drinks, $40, or even worse...free. The inspiration for this one came from a tremendous comedy of errors wherein a well-respected musician and professor was...
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