Volume 3 – The Trumpet Chronicles


mendez1Since buying a couple of Ambassadors, I have become intrigued by the Olds trumpets; their history, the different models, and what the differences are between them. Continue reading “Volume 3 – The Trumpet Chronicles”

Volume 2 – The Trumpet Chronicles


yam-11I ordered and received a Yamaha 11 Japan mouthpiece this week.  Depending on who you read online, it’s either like a Shilke 11 (R. Shilke consulted for Yamaha in the 60s) or a Bach 7C.  One site even said it was somewhere between a Bach 3C and 5C.

I don’t know.  I’m a woodwind guy, remember? Continue reading “Volume 2 – The Trumpet Chronicles”

Volume 1 – The Trumpet Chronicles



(I’m starting a new series today, called “The Trumpet Chronicles”, about my come-back journey through the world of trumpets and mouthpieces, through the eyes of a former woodwind guy.  Enjoy(?), or ignore.)

I had a little time tonight, so I played around with the 3 different trumpets I now have, and with a couple of different mouthpieces. Continue reading “Volume 1 – The Trumpet Chronicles”

Preface – The Trumpet Chronicles


It’s been a long, interesting (to me, anyway) journey from being a grade-school violin player to a high school flutist to a college bari-sax player to a trumpeter in a community band.  So recline that easy chair, and “listen to a story ’bout a man named Jed….” er.. Charlie um.. Mike. Continue reading “Preface – The Trumpet Chronicles”

The Tyler Mire Big Band – “Movin’ Day”


Hey there.  This is the first in what I hope is a continuing series of articles about new big bands that I discover as I listen to music on Spotify.

This edition features a group I just found this week… The Tyler Mire Big Band, based out of Nashville (yes, really), Tennessee.

This is a big band that you should hear. Continue reading “The Tyler Mire Big Band – “Movin’ Day””