The Flying Instruments Video – How We Did It

With well over 500,000 views now on YouTube and Facebook combined, our new “flying instruments” video is causing quite a stir, especially in the band community. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out on our homepage. Here is some “behind the scenes” info on how we did it. Yes, I am tossing band instruments […]

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From Trumpet Playing to the Medical Profession

So several years ago, I set out to create a lip care product for trumpet players and, by extension, all brass musicians. Soon after I started formulating, it was brought to my attention that woodwind players would be equally interested. Before ChopSaver even hit the market, our market expanded two-fold. I am always gratified to […]

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To Geek or Not to Geek

We all know the familiar childhood refrain “Sticks and stones may 
break my bones, but names will never harm me.” It’s a nice thought 
and ultimately we shouldn’t let others define us by a label or a word.

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Music in Our Schools and Why You Should Support It

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has designated March as Music in Our Schools Month. I am proud to be both a product of (professional trumpet player) and to have developed a product for (ChopSaver) school music education.

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Exploring my Musical Roots

I grew up in Elkhart, Indiana. It was a great town in which to grow up, especially for a budding young musician. All of the local schools had strong music programs with good band directors at the helm. It probably had something to do with the fact that Elkhart was once known as the “Band Instrument Capital of The World.”

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Marching Band Mecca aka Indianapolis

One might call Indianapolis, Indiana, where I’m from, Marching Band Mecca. Lucas Oil Stadium is not only home to the Indianapolis Colts NFL team, it is also the home of the Bands of America Grand National Championships sponsored by Music for All.

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Getting the Word Out

Now that ChopSaver is being sold in a major national chain like CVS/pharmacy, people often ask me how we are getting the word out.

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ChopSaver Guy in New York City

I recently visited New York for some business and pleasure with my family to meet some ChopSaver friends and endorsers and hear one of the world’s great orchestras…

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Music Lessons for Life

Recently, I had a chance to speak to a group of young musicians. It was actually a youth orchestra and there were many aspiring professional musicians in the group. As a professional trumpet player turned business man, my message to them was simple. The skills one learns as a musician can be applied to careers outside of music. Here are some of the most important, in no particular order.

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