Hear the Sound of Trumpets by my students from 60 different recordings. The biggest case study on trumpet lessions.

Lew Custode

Lew is from NY and he came down asking me to help him sound like Al Hirt. Lew is very busy with his Dixie Band and his small group. I Got Rhythm.

I Got Rhythm


Keith Fiala

Keith is very busy in the Austin, Texas area. He plays with Memphis Train a hot R&B group. Keith did 2 tours with Maynard Ferguson and the BBNB. He told me that he is having the time of his life playing with the BOSS everyday. Keith is in the busiest band in the Austin area Memphis Train Revue.

Maynard introducing Keith Fiala at a gig.

What is hip?

Let’s stay together.

Nights without you.


He has also recorded his first solo project “Bedtime Stories” available on Spotify and Itunes.

Anne King

Anne is a pro in L.A. and has toured with Guns and Roses, recorded and performed with Sheena Easton, Don Henley, K.D. Lang, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder and many others. Anne also plays lead in my student Rex Merriweather’s big band. They are known for big sound of trumpets. That shows you Anne is one mean player.

Chaos – Japanese Style

Message From Ararat

Roddy Lewis

I received this email from Roddy and I had to include him.

Hi ya from Wales UK!
How are you?
Would you consider adding a sound of trumpet clip from me to your pupils page? I know we’ve never met but it was only after reading/playing your books did I get the range thing! I assure you that it was only your book (and Mr. Jacoby’s) which gave me the help I needed.
If another teacher put up a page with clips on I would not consider sending a clip.
I would be honoured if you would consider me a pupil (albeit a remote one!) : )
Yours Roddy o-iii

Look at Roddy’s website
Where Roddy has a new book on embouchure self analysis called “Embouchure Enhancement”.

Maynard Ferguson in G

Uptown trumpet sounds blues

Tommy Loy

Our dear friend Tommy Loy has passed away. Tommy Loy was very well known in the Dallas area. Tommy was the trumpet player who played the Star Spangled Banner as a solo at every Dallas Cowboy game for 22 years (Including a Super Bowl). Tommy was a great big band player but his love was Dixieland.
Tommy had a radio show every Monday night at 7pm on KEZY radio at http://www.KXEZ.com It is our hope that they continue to play some of Tommy’s old recordings.
These clips are from a CD with Jon Stutler on Clarinet. The CD Razzmajazz is available at http://www.KXEZ.com
Also see my page on Tommy.

China Boy


I’ve got a crush on you

Lime house blues

Dallas blues

Brandon Lusk

Brandon plays in several groups here in Dallas. Brandon is playing on Monette equipment on these clips. These clips are with Cowboys and Indians who have a couple of CDs out.

My Funny Valentine – part 1

My Funny Valentine – part 2

South of the border

Big night in cowtown

The Christime tunes are Brandon with the Ricki Derek Vegas Six. This is a popular group here and yes they do play in Vegas from time to time. These clips are from their Christmas CD available at http://www.rickiderek.com.

Jingle bells

Let it snow

Rex Merriweather

Rex is a strong lead player who can be heard all over LA. He also does some work in Vegas. Rex is constantly pushing the limits of the trumpet. From Chase to Classical up 2 octaves nothing is off limits. These are clips from Rex’s CD called Chased. Rex overdubbed all of the trumpet and keyboard parts. Rex can be reached at http://bigbandrockparty.com/

Pops wit da Chops

Scirocco Storm – Part 1

Scirocco Storm – part 2

Home on the Upper Range – part 1

Home on the Upper Range – part 2

Home on the Upper Range – part 3

Kurt Schulenburg

Kurt received a degree in Music Education from Lawrence University in Appleton Wisconsin in 1979. He has played a bunch of stuff behind some name artists, done some professional time on the sax and currently plays in the Sinful Saints Dixieland Band (on Soprano Saxello). He is also the Assistant Conductor of the Crystal Lake Community Band where he plays more trumpet than anything else. Equipment: Holton Cornet (student model with Shepherd’s Crook) and a Schilke 14A4X mouthpiece. Check out Kurt’s web page.

Kurt’s Double C Trumpet sounds Blues

John Von Wetzel

John is a true comeback player. And his return to the trumpet has been fun to watch. John currently plays with the Richland College Big Band, a jazz sextet called Hangtime and at Stonebriar Community Church (pastor Chuck Swindoll). He has also played in the Texas Instruments Big Band and the Pecos River Big Band. John played all of the parts on these clips. His trumpet is a gold plated Flip Oakes Wild Thing with a 13B4a Schilke mouthpiece. John also used a Kanstul Flugelbone and a Roland PMA5 with a Roland XP50 Synthesizer.

Georgia – part 1

Georgia – part 2

A child is born

Keith Wood

Keith went to UNT and has done lots of playing in Nashville and later in Branson. Keith also studied with my old teacher Don “Jake” Jacoby. (Yes I have many of “Jakes’” students taking lessons from me.) Keith is currently working on some recordings. http://jmbandnwa.com/soloists/.

Stardust – part 1 Keith Wood with The Jack Mitchell Praise Band

Stardust – part 2 Keith Wood with The Jack Mitchell Praise Band

Love of God Keith Wood with The Jack Mitchell Praise Band

Carnival of Venice

Alla Hornpipe Keith Wood (pic), Ken Lake (pic) and Ernest Whitmore (organist) – The Lakewood Trio

Bach Brandenburg #2 Third mov Keith Wood (pic), The Baroque Chamber Players.

Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Trumpets Third mov Keith Wood – The Lakewood Trio.

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