Max Sommerhalder

Max Sommerhalder: “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It”

Today, we have another renowned European trumpeter, a teacher of many great trumpeters that occupy coveted seats in orchestras and universities all over the world: the great Max Sommerhalder. Thank you generously giving a part of your time, Max!

Andrea Tofanelli: “All Music We Play Makes Us Better, Even If It’s a Different and Opposite Genre”

Today in Trumpet Magazine, we have one of the most well-known Italian trumpet players on the international stage. He has played with Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band, but he’s also performed alongside artists like Pavarotti, George Michael, Tom Jones, Michael Bublé, and Gloria Gaynor. He is also a Yamaha artist and has offered a quit broad interview. Thanks, Andrea!

Manu Mellaerts: “If One Needs Too Much Time to Warm Up, It Usually Means That Something Is Wrong”

This interview will be the first in a series of interviews with famous European soloists, and we’ll begin with the great Manu Mellaerts, principal of La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra, professor at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and leader of Belgian Brass, apart from being a Yamaha artist and a professor in Trumpet Magazine School! You can’t miss all the knowledge Manu shares with us here!

Joey Tartell: “If You Play the Trumpet Well, Then You Are Free to Make Music. If You Run Into Problems Playing Music, Then There’s Something to Address in Technical Practice”

Our interviewee today has studied with some of the best such as Mel Broiles, Barbara Butler, and Gil Johnson. He played in the Jazz Ambassadors of the US Army Band, and left during his Masters to go on the road with Maynard Ferguson, playing lead. His names is Joey Tartell, and his currently teaching at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, USA. Look at what Joey has to say and the exercise he shares with us!

Kevin Gebo: “A Focus on Good Sound, Versatility, Transposition and Sight Reading Comprise a Large Majority of Our Work Together”

Today we have Kevin Gebo, trumpeter of the United States Army Band ‘Pershing's Own,’ for more than 10 years. Kevin has been a laureate in various competitions — he even participated as a trumpet soloist on the recording of ‘Songs of Innocence and of Experience’ by William Bolcom (winner of four Grammys in 2006) — and since 2017, he shares all his knowledge as an adjunct professor at George Mason University. Kevin is someone you just have to meet!

Larry Powell: “Students Need to Commit to Being a Serious Musician. There Are Too Many Mediocre Players Out There. We Don’t Need Any More!”

Today we have Larry Powell, a former student of Vince DiMartino from Kentucky, as well as a former student of Marvin Perry, Dan Gosling, and George Weimer. From 2007, he is the adjunct professor of Trumpet at the Universality of Indianapolis. Moreover, he plays principal trumpet in none other than four orchestras! If you want to know more about Cichowicz and flow exercises, this is your man…