The First Trumpeter?

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Meet Ragnar, possibly the first trumpeter in the history of the world. He lived about 15,000 years ago in the caves of Southwest France. Ragnar was admired and feared by others because he knew how to make loud sounds by vibrating his lips into a bison horn – a terrifying noise that could frighten away […]

2013 Year End Recital – Ancient Trumpet Sounds & Celts vs. Romans

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Last evening’s year-end studio recital at the Music Institute of Chicago’s (MIC) Nichols Concert Hall was a great success. Students from the Advanced Trumpet Ensemble at MIC performed the concert’s prelude: ancient trumpet sounds (including the conch shell, shofar, and cornetto) followed by a 19th century fanfare by Felix Mendelssohn. Brass for Beginners students from […]

Samba Reggae for Natural Trumpets?

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Part of the BFB curriculum is to use groove-based music (with syncopated rhythmic textures) to help develop a beginning student’s sense of inner pulse- something that can be extremely challenging to accomplish in the early stages of learning a brass instrument. Students at Walker Elementary School are learning a style of Brazilian Music called Samba […]

Morning Bell Fanfare

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Enjoy students from Lincoln Elementary School performing the “Morning Bell Fanfare” to signal the start of the school day. Trumpets have been used for signaling purposes such as this for thousands of years. Listen as students build the fanfare to form a complete major chord (playing three distinct pitches- all part of the naturally occurring […]

“Do” and “Sol”

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Students at Lincoln Elementary School are now playing music on the treble staff, focusing at first on Middle C and low G. They are learning to sing the notes using Solfege (“Do” and “Sol”) to develop a strong inner sense of pitch. There are no keys or valves on a natural trumpet to help students […]