It’s been over a year since my last blog post, so I thought it was high time that I wrote something new here. What have I been doing all of this time? Well, I’m currently on sabbatical leave during the fall semester to finish two book projects. The first one is Fanfares and Finesse: A Performer’s Guide to Trumpet History and Literature for Indiana University Press and the other is A Dictionary for the Modern Trumpet Player for Scarecrow Press. The manuscript for the first one was submitted in September and is currently in the editing phase. I’m not sure when it will be published, but most likely sometime in 2013. The dictionary project is my main focus right now.
In the course of my research I came across a few YouTube videos that concern trumpet history that I wanted to share. The first two concern the annual summer natural trumpet workshop and present a vivid depiction of the process involved with making an instrument using historic processes. The last one is an excerpt from the Beatles Anthology series that features the late David Mason discussing the origins of the piccolo trumpet solo he played on the recording of Penny Lane.