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I feel confident to answer all questions regarding trumpet and brass performing, practice techniques, and equipment inquiries. We never stop being "students" in music as we strive to grow technically and musically over our lifetime. Music is something that truly individualizes people and I would treat every question based on the individual asking the question.

Experience in the area

I have been performing on trumpet for over 30 years. I have taught privately for over 20 years and in the public schools for 5 years. I have taught and performed in drum and bugle corps, bands, ensembles, and solo.


Bugles Across America
International Trumpet Guild
VHHS Alumni Band
University of Montevallo Music Alumni
Madison Scouts Booster Organization

Drum Corps World


Bachelor's Degree from the University of Montevallo in Music Education.
Over 20 years of private instruction (various individuals).
5 years of instructing and performing in drum and bugle corps.

Awards and Honors

Alabama Assistant State Director for Bugles Across America - 2009-2010
Alabama State Director for Bugles Across America - 2010-Present
University of Montevallo Student MENC President - 1991-1992
Principal Trumpet - University of Montevallo - 1990-1992
Nuncie Leberte Music Scholarship - 1987-1988

Past/Present Clients

Vestavia Hills High School
University of Montevallo
Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps
CorpsVets Drum and Bugle Corps

What do you like about this subject?

I love music and having played the trumpet for so many years, I want to be able to help others appreciate music and this great instrument.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to achieve and learn all that I can.

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2017-01-11 piccolo trumpet:

Yes, indeed they are very similar. Your air has to travel through the tiniest of piping and make it through many twists and turns. The velocity of the air is paramount.    What I suggest for that would

2017-01-08 piccolo trumpet:

Great question and congrats on working on that horn. It will teach you some valauble things as you progress...if you do it right.     The pic is keyed in C, obviously, in most cases. So learning the notes

2016-12-26 natural trumpet:

Yes and thank you for the follow up.    I'm in a funeral today playing my valveless bugle. I will be playing TAPS, which with the harmonics requires no valves.    As for crooks, it may be possible to change

2016-12-26 natural trumpet:

Joel,    Thanks for reaching out. I do need some clarification, however. What I need to know is:    What do you mean by "natural" player?    What do you understand "crooks" to be.    With the harmonics

2016-06-21 trumpet playing:

Andrew,    I'm not totally sure I understand your question but I will try based on what I see the question as.    Trumpet notes are individual notes. Gb and G are 2 different notes. However, a very well


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