Wisdom from Canadian Brass

I recently had the distinct pleasure of hearing the world-renowned Canadian Brass, both in performance and in a masterclass about being a musical entrepreneur. An entrepreneur can be defined as anyone who takes on a risk by starting something new, often in a business sense. Canadian Brass will celebrate 50 years as an organization next […]

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Why People Love Marching Band

Recently, we posted the following question on Facebook and Instagram: Here are some of the best responses. “To travel, it’s fun to meet new people that have the same interests as you.” “As a marching band parent I think it amazing the way the kids learn an entire new pregame and halftime routine every year […]

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Who is Your “Tone Hero?”

(This article is a guest post by long time ChopSaver fan and band director David McCullough. His concept of a “Tone Hero” for young musicians is a must read for all musicians and he has gone to the trouble of providing numerous links to examples of great tone on any instrument.) Who is Your “Tone […]

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Michael Martin Interview – Parts 1 and 2

Michael Martin is a trumpet player with The Boston Symphony Orchestra. In Part 1, Michael tells ChopSaver Guy Dan Gosling about his early musical influences including the movie Jurassic Park and the path he took to get into the BSO.

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Wayne Bergeron Interview – Part 5

Wayne Bergeron, LA studio trumpet virtuoso, discusses the trumpet and how to have success in both music and life, with Dan Gosling, The ChopSaver Guy. In Part 5, Wayne explains the importance of versatility, his very first movie recording session, his most cherished career moments, and what he wants to do in the future. Wayne […]

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Wayne Bergeron Interview – Part 4

Wayne Bergeron, LA studio trumpet virtuoso, discusses the trumpet and how to have success in both music and life, with Dan Gosling, The ChopSaver Guy. In Part 4, Wayne explains the physics of playing high, how you build a good reputation to insure success as a musician, and how he takes time off from the […]

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Wayne Bergeron Interview – Part 3

Wayne Bergeron, LA studio trumpet virtuoso, discusses the trumpet and how to have success in both music and life, with Dan Gosling, The ChopSaver Guy. In Part 3, Wayne discusses equipment, his philosophy on finding the right mouthpiece, what makes a good section and the value of knowing your strengths and weaknesses. Wayne Bergeron:         So, […]

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Wayne Bergeron Interview – Part 2

Wayne Bergeron, LA studio trumpet virtuoso, discusses the trumpet and how to have success in both music and life, with Dan Gosling, The ChopSaver Guy. Ever felt like giving up? In Part 2, Wayne talks about teeth and embouchure challenges that almost ended his career. You won’t want to miss this brutally honest journey and […]

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Wayne Bergeron Interview – Part 1

Wayne Bergeron, LA studio trumpet virtuoso, discusses the trumpet and how to have success in both music and life, with Dan Gosling, The ChopSaver Guy. In Part 1, Wayne explains what happened behind the scenes with the famous LA LA Land solo, his hilarious first gigs when he was a teenager, and how to network with other […]

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