Bill Bing Trumpet Interview – The Other Side of the Bell #109

Bill Bing Trumpet Interview

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #109 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features trumpeter Bill Bing.

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About Bill Bing

William Bing has recently retired as Director of Bands and Artist in Residence at the California Institute of Technology. During that time, he conducted over 250 concerts with the Caltech Jazz and Concert Band.    He also served on the undergraduate admissions committee and was named an outstanding teacher by the students from Caltech   Bill and his wife Delores have won many teaching awards including the Associated Students of Caltech Teaching Award, Pasadena Youth Music Council Teacher of the Year, and most recently Honorary Membership in the Caltech Alumni Association.  For ten years he was a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, and for five years he was a performer with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He has published two method books for trumpet.   Students that have studied with Bill have played with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Reel Big Fish, Poncho Sanchez, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and many other classical, rock, and jazz ensembles. His clinics and concerts  have received rave reviews by other band directors from junior high school through the college level.  For his clinic, Bill emphasizes sound, and from there, balance, intonation, and style.  

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Douglas Yeo Trombone Interview – Trombone Corner #22

Douglas Yeo Trombone Interview

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #22 of the Trombone Corner podcast. This episode features trombonist, Douglas Yeo

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About Douglas Yeo

Recognized worldwide as a leading low brass performer, teacher, scholar, and author, Douglas Yeo is Clinical Associate Professor of Trombone at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the 2022–2024 academic years. From 1985-2012, he was bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and before coming to Boston, he was a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, a free-lance musician in New York City, and a high school band director. He served as Professor of Trombone at Arizona State University from 2012–2016 and has also been on the faculties of New England Conservatory of Music and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Since 2019, he has been trombone professor at Wheaton College (Illinois). He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton College (1976)—where he studied trombone with Edward Kleinhammer (bass trombonist of the Chicago Symphony,
1940–1985)—and his master’s degree from New York University (1979).
In 2014, Douglas Yeo was the recipient of the International Trombone Association’s highest honor, the ITA Award, given to him “in recognition of his distinguished career and in acknowledgement of his impact on the world of trombone performance.” He has written dozens of book chapters and articles for many publications including the International Trombone Association Journal, the Historic Brass Society Journal, the International Tuba Euphonium Association Journal, and the Galpin Society Journal, and is the author of The One Hundred: Essential Works for the Symphonic Bass Trombonist (Encore Music Publishers), Serpents, Bass Horns and Ophicleides at the Bate Collection (University of Oxford Press), and co-author (with Edward Kleinhammer) of Mastering the Trombone (Ensemble Publications). His most recently published books are Homer Rodeheaver and the Rise of the Gospel Music Industry (2021, co-authored with Kevin Mungons, University of Illinois Press), and An Illustrated Dictionary for the Modern Trombone, Tuba, and Euphonium Player (2021, Rowman & Littlefield). His instructional DVD and seven solo recordings have received critical acclaim as have his 12 music arrangements that are published by G. Schirmer, International Music, Southern Music, and De Haske Music.
As a teacher, Douglas Yeo has given master classes and recitals on five continents and
has held residencies around the world including the International Trombone Festival
(seven times), the Banff Center (Canada), the Hamamatsu International Wind Instrument
Academy and Festival (nine times) and the Nagoya Trombone Festival (Japan), the
International Trombone and Tuba Festival (Beijing), and the Dutch Bass Trombone Open
(Holland). His website, (1996), was the first site on the Internet devoted to
the trombone, and his blog,—Occasional thoughts on Life, Faith,
and the Trombone—was launched in 2016. He is a Yamaha performing artist.

Video links (three links):
Elizabeth Raum, Turning Point

Girolomo Frescobaldi, recomposed by Eddie Koopman, Canzone

John Stevens, The Chief; Steven Verhelst, A Song for Japan

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Chris O’Hara Trumpet Interview – The Other Side of the Bell #108

Chris O’Hara Trumpet Interview

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #108 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features trumpeter Chris O’Hara.

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About Chris O’Hara

Chris O’Hara is an internationally renowned trumpet soloist, a chamber musician, and educator.  His playing is described as “virtuosic and impressive in every way” (Chicago Music Examiner), and “a treat beyond measure” (Arlington Advocate), and the International Trumpet Guild Journal hails him as a “true master of [the] instrument.” Already in his young career, Chris has performed over 3,000 featured artist events covering 48 states and 12 countries across North America, Europe, Great Britain, and Asia.  His performance schedule has taken him to notable venues such as the Italian Brass Week, Ravinia Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Norfolk Music Festival, the Festival de Camara de Musica in Aquacalientes Mexico, the Nagoya Conservatory of Music, the Newport Music Festival and Millennium Hall in Japan. Chris currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Elmhurst University and Concordia University.

Chris is a clinician for Conn-Selmer Company and Denis Wick and has presented countless master classes and clinics at public schools and the world’s finest colleges and universities.  He can be heard on recordings on the Paraclete and AAR labels.  His latest  releases, johann sebastian BACH with organist Mark Engelhardt, On Tour, Vol. 1 with the Alliance Brass, and the award-winning Now, O Now with the Illumine Trio can be found on the Rowjack label.  His performances have also been broadcast on NPR, NBC, WGN, the Hallmark Channel, and more. Chris serves as Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Elmhurst University.

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Bill Reichenbach Trombone Interview – Trombone Corner #21

Bill Reichenbach Trombone Interview

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #21 of the Trombone Corner podcast. This episode features trombonist, Bill Reichenbach.

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About Bill Reichenbach

Bill Reichenbach grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Takoma Park, Maryland where he studied trombone with Gene Brusiloff and Robert Isele. After high school, Bill was accepted to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. There, he studied with the great Emory Remington. While still a student, Bill began his recording career by playing lead trombone on several Chuck Mangione albums, a couple of albums with the Eastman Wind Ensemble (one on bass trombone and another one on euphonium), and the first recording of Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” (on bass trombone) which was composed for the opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. 

After graduation, Bill toured for while with the Buddy Rich Big Band on bass trombone. During this time, the band recorded an album called “Stick It” which featured Bill on an arrangement of Jobim’s “Wave”. 

In 1975, Bill moved to L.A. where he started playing the jazz tenor trombone chair on Toshiko Akiyoshi’s big band. He made quite a few albums with the band over the next several years and was a featured soloist on all of them. At the same time, Bill was also the solo jazz trombone player on Don Menza’s big band and he recorded solos on an album with the band. Don put together a sextet out of the big band and featured Bill on tenor and bass trombone on a recording with that band. 

As a studio player, Bill has played on about 2000 records, 1000 motion pictures, and countless TV shows and jingles. 

Bill’s jazz quartet album “Special Edition” (Nothing But Bills Records) featuring Peter Erskine on drums, Jimmy Johnson on bass, and Biff Hannon on piano, reached number 10 on the national jazz radio play lists. 

New York trombonist Mike Davis and Bill have done 4 albums together – “Bonetown”, “Brass Nation”, “New Brass” and most recently, “Absolute Trombone II” and have played concerts all over the United States, Canada, and Europe. 

Bill has been a featured artist and clinician at several International Trombone Festivals including Utrecht (Holland), Nashville, Urbana (Illinois), North Texas State University, and most recently Las Vegas (2007), and Salt Lake City (2023). 

Some of the artists Bill has recorded with: 

Michael Buble, Harry Connick, Jr., The Jonas Brothers, Christine Aguilera, Seal, Mya, Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Toto, The Yellowjackets, Seawind, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, David Foster, Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, Earth Wind and Fire, Dr. John, Arrowsmith, and Ray Charles.

Some of the motion pictures which Bill has played on are: 

“Indiana Jones 5” 


“Night in the Museum 2” 

“Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Crystal Skull” 


“Sex in the City” 



“Spiderman 3” 




“American Gangster” “Wall-E” 

“I Am Legend” 


“X-men II” 


“The Core” 


“Red Dragon 


“Men in Black II” 


“Training Day” 


“Collateral Damage” “Black Hawk Down” “Planet of the Apes” “Monsters, Inc” 

“Don’t Say a Word” “Zoolander” 

“Princess Diaries” 

“American Pie 2” 

“Legally Blond” 

“Scary Movie 2” 

“The Mummy Returns” “Evolution” 

“What Women Want” “Proof of Life” 


“Space Cowboys” 

“Remember the Titans”  “Meet the Parents” 

“Family Man”  

“Charlie’s Angels” 

“The Matrix” 

“The General’s Daughter” “The Green Mile” 

“South Park” 

“Sixth Sense’ 

“Deep Blue Sea” 

“Toy Story 2” 


“Stuart Little” 

“Galaxy Quest’

“Reindeer Games” 




“Conspiracy Theory” 

“The Jackal” 

“Alien Resurrection” 

“Men in Black” 

“Air Force One” 

“Batman and Robin” 

“Forrest Gump” 

“Independence Day” 

“Mars Attacks” 


“Mission Impossible” 

“Batman Returns” 


“The Rock” 

“Starship Troupers” 

“The Frighteners” 

“Jurassic Park” 


Bill is an Artist-clinician for the Greenhoe/Shilke Co. He has given master classes and clinics throughout the United States, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. 

As a writer and arranger, Bill has worked on records for Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Dr. John, Diana Ross and others. He has arranged many HBO Special Themes and composed the theme for the HBO “One Night Stand” comedy show. Bill also composed the theme for Fox’s animated series “Peter Pan & the Pirates” as well as much of the underscoring. He contributed to such films and shows as “Licorice Pizza”, “I Love Trouble”, “Frank’s Place”, “Baby Boom”, “Brand New Life”, “Snoops”, “Teen Wolf”, and the special “Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue”. Bill composed the main title for a series of Kurt Vonnegut stories called “Welcome to the Monkey House” for Showtime. He composed a score for a documentary film about Frank Lloyd Wright called “A Very Proud House”. 

Bill has also composed pieces for Wind Ensemble including “Streets of Paris” which was recently premiered by trombone soloist Larry Zalkind and The Riverside City College Wind Ensemble conducted by Kevin Mayse, “Atlantic Crossing”, “Streets of Paris”, “The Improbable Journey”, “Fanfares, Questions and Answers”, and “An American Dream”. Bill and family now live near Asheville, NC. 

Bill plays the Greenhoe Bass Trombone.

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Courtney Jones Trumpet Interview – The Other Side of the Bell Episode #107

Courtney Jones – Trumpet Interview

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #107 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features trumpeter Courtney Jones.

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About Courtney



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Marissa Benedict Trumpet Interview – The Other Side of the Bell Episode #106

Marissa Benedict – Trumpet Interview

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #105 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features trumpeter Marissa Benedict.

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About Marissa Benedict

Marissa Benedict was born in San Francisco, California and raised in Marin County where she started playing piano at age 7, violin at age 9 and trumpet at age 10 (studying with Joe Alessi, Sr.). She continued playing all three instruments until graduating from high school and moving to Los Angeles to attend USC, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance (June 1984), studying with Boyde Hood.

Marissa is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Before leaving for Minnesota she was a freelance trumpet player in Los Angeles for 34 years. She is currently principal trumpet for The Pasadena Symphony/Pasadena Pops and plays regularly with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Los Angeles Master Chorale. Marissa recently performed and recorded Mahler’s 8th symphony in the Minnesota Orchestra’s Mahler Project, played for Charles Lazarus’ CD Merrier and Brighter (2022), Jack Stamp’s Chamber Music Volume 1 (released July 2023), and the Los Angeles Trumpet Ensemble’s Homage (release: August 2023), featuring eight of the top trumpeters in Southern California. She also toured with the L.A. Philharmonic on their “Boston to London” 2018 tour, and on 2019 tours to Asia and Scotland. She played for the 2019 Academy Awards (Oscars®) and recorded Celebrating John Williams with the L.A. Phil under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel.

A very active and in-demand studio player, she can be heard on nearly 160 motion picture recordings, including Spider-Man No Way Home, Avatar 2: The Way of the Water, Lightyear, Incredibles II, Spider-Man Far from Home, Coco, Moana, Rogue One, Spider-Man, Homecoming, Indiana Jones IV, Avatar, The Polar Express, Spider-Man 2, Monsters, Inc., and War of the Worlds. Her television studio recording credits include Star Trek : Discovery, Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: Voyager and Deep Space Nine, JAG, Commander in Chief and Galavant.

Marissa’s current trumpet studio consists of 16 trumpet students (Undergraduate, Master’s degree and Doctoral of Musical Arts), ranging from Bachelor of Arts, Music Ed, Music Performance, double majors of Computer Science/Performance and MuEd/Performance. All of her graduated MuEd and Performance majors are currently teaching music and/or performing in the Minneapolis area. She continues to recruit and give masterclasses and special guest performances throughout the Twin Cities and across the US and remains very active in the community.

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Michael Davis Trombone Interview – Trombone Corner #20

Michael Davis – Trombone Interview

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #20of the Trombone Corner podcast. This episode features acclaimed trombonist, arranger, composer and all around artist, Michael Davis. Listen to or download the episode below:

About Michael Davis

Trombonist/composer Michael Davis has enjoyed a diverse and acclaimed career over the past 40 years. Widely known as the trombonist for five world tours with the Rolling Stones, he toured and recorded extensively with Frank Sinatra, has released 14 CDs as a solo artist, composed over 150 works, authored a dozen books for brass players of all levels and appeared on over 500 CDs, television themes and motion picture soundtracks. He is the founder, creator and president of Hip-Bone Music, Inc. In 2011, the S.E. Shires Company released the Michael Davis signature model trombone and followed that in 2014 with the release of the Michael Davis+ trombone.

Born to a musical family in San Francisco, CA on August 13th, 1961, Michael’s early musical studies included the piano, drums, tuba, baritone horn and electric bass. Settling on the trombone in high school, he quickly found his stride and received principal chairs in many all-state honor groups. His collegiate career commenced at the Eastman School of Music in the fall of 1979.

In the spring of 1983, Davis received the break he had hoped for when the Buddy Rich Band called and asked him to sign on. His two-year stint with the band forged musical and personal friendships that continue to this day and presented him with “the best graduate degree anyone could possibly hope for.” Michael’s freelance career in New York City began in earnest in 1986 and before long he was one of the top trombonists around. As testimony to his versatility and wide regard, the list of jazz and pop luminaries he has worked with includes: James Taylor, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, Jay Z, Sarah Vaughan, Sting, Beck, Branford Marsalis, Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, Bob Mintzer, Paul Simon, David Sanborn, Terence Blanchard and scores of others.

In the field of music education, Davis has served as a guest artist and clinician around the world, while also authoring a number of highly esteemed instructional books and arrangements for musicians of all ages and abilities.

 A multiple recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, he maintains his own jazz groups and projects through Hip-Bone Music. He has documented his efforts on 14 CDs as a leader, including his latest, Open City with the Hip-Bone Big Band featuring a star studded line-up of New York jazz and studio luminaries. Open City showcases a unique family alliance with Michael’s oldest son Cole penning three of the compositions, co-producing the entire project, and playing bass while his younger son Zaq brings his talents to the trumpet section.

Currently, Davis continues his busy schedule as an in demand New York freelance musician with a steady diet of Broadway shows, studio recording work and live concerts. He travels extensively as a solo artist guesting with professional, college and high school bands around the world, while also continuing to build his publishing company into one of the preeminent purveyors of the highest quality music for brass.

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Roy Wiegand Trumpet Interview – The Other Side of the Bell #105

Roy Wiegand Trumpet Interview – The Other Side of the Bell #105

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #105 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features trumpeter Roy Wiegand.

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About Roy Wiegand

Roy Wiegand is a versatile and renowned trumpet player in the Los Angeles area.  He has toured and performed with such well-known acts as The Who, Bobby Womack, Tom Jones, Mel Torme, Harry James Orchestra, and Wayne Newton. Roy has also shared the concert stage with artists like Shakira, Michael Bolton, Jeffery Osborne, Amy Grant, Matchbox 20, John Tesh, Carly Simon, and Art Garfunkel.

Roy has also worked in the Hollywood studios playing on various recording sessions for motion pictures and television, including The Nutty Professor, the theme for America’s Funniest Home Videos, and countless commercial jingles.

Roy is also an active member of the freelance scene in Los Angeles for over 40 years, covering many different styles from Jazz, Dixieland and big band, to production shows, and first trumpet in the Desert Symphony for over 20 years.

In addition to his trumpet performance prowess, Roy is a very active athlete, participating in many competitive endurance running and cycling events as well many runs/rides for various charitable causes.

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Keith Snell Trumpet Interview – The Other Side of the Bell #104

Keith Snell – Trumpet Interview

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #104 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features trumpeter Keith Snell.

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About Keith Snell

Keith Snell has pursued a multifaceted music career as a trumpet soloist, freelance musician, composer/arranger,  conductor and educator. His earliest musical training and performance experiences began at the age of six when he  began learning to play the cornet in the Los Angeles Congress Hall Salvation Army Band. Keith performed with this  world renown organization for twenty years for over twenty years.

Keith received his B.A. from the California State University at Northridge and his M.A. from California State  University at Long Beach. Both degrees were in Trumpet Performance and Instrumental Conducting. Keith has  served on the faculties at the California State Universities at, Los Angeles, Northridge and Long Beach as well as at  the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.

As a freelance trumpet player, Keith has played numerous chamber and symphony orchestras, including the Pacific  Symphony, Pacific Opera and the Burbank Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed on a variety of recordings  for radio, motion picture and television soundtracks. As a solosist, Keith has performed solo recitals in both the  U.S., Canada and Great Britain. 

Keith was one of the founding members of the California Brass Ensemble, and served as its Director for 24 years.  Comprised of some of the worlds’s finest professional brass and percussion artists in Los Angeles, the ensemble  presented over 3,000 concerts and educational performances. This award winning ensemble performed at such  prestigious events as the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles and before many international dignitaries,  religious leaders and heads of state, including five U.S. Presidents, and the Arch Bishop of Canterbury.

A prolific arranger and composer, Keith served as editor for several series of educational publications by Belwin  Mills, Columbia Pictures Publications, and Alfred Music Publishers. His works are also published by Theodore  Presser and Warner-Chappell. Keith’s works for brass have been performed by professional ensembles and  symphony orchestra brass sections in over 44 countries.



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Neal Berntsen Trumpet Interview – The Other Side of the Bell #103

Neal Berntsen – Trumpet Interview

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #103 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features 2nd trumpet of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Neal Berntsen.

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About Neal Berntsen

Neal Berntsen joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra trumpet section in March 1997, having been appointed at the invitation of Music Director Lorin Maazel in 1996. He is a native of Tacoma, Washington. He began his musical studies at age five playing the violin under the tutelage of his mother. By age eight he advanced to the trumpet and ultimately received a B.M. from the University of Puget Sound and a M.M. from Northwestern University. A former member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Neal has also performed as Principal trumpet for the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra and the Bamberg Sinfoniker in Germany. Other orchestral performances have included the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Houston Symphony Orchestra.

Active as a chamber musician, Neal is a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass whose recordings, “BACH: THE ART OF FUGUE” (1998), “A CHRISTMAS CONCERT” (2000), “THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS” (2003) and “A SONG OF CHRISTMAS” (2008) were described as “…Awhirl with color and rhythmic vitality – quite irresistible on every count.” by the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette. The recordings contain numerous arrangements by Neal Berntsen. Mr. Berntsen is also a founding member of the award-winning Asbury Brass Quintet, about which Fanfare magazine stated, “Not only expert but musical…undeniable virtuosity.” The ABQ’s recording with Adolph Herseth is widely regarded as an all time classic. Mr. Berntsen has toured Japan with members of the Chicago Symphony brass section as the Chicago Brass Soloists.

In 2017 Mr. Berntsen gave the Pittsburgh premier of James MacMillan’s concerto for trumpet, Seraph performing with the Resonance Works Orchestra with the composer in attendance. In the summer of 2015 Mr. Berntsen premiered and recorded THE ANCIENT CALL for micro-tonal trumpet and orchestra written by Iranian-American composer Reza Vali under the baton of Keith Lockhart. Mr. Berntsen performed the piece on a specially modified trumpet, which enabled him to execute the Persian quarter tone scale. In 2018 his recording of THE ANCIENT CALL was named album of the year in Iran by Noise Magazine. Mr. Berntsen’s solo recording TRUMPET VOICES was released in Nov. 2005. Critics describe the recording as, “Electric… An indispensable recording for anyone who appreciates great trumpet playing.”

As an educator, Mr. Berntsen is Chair of the Brass Division in the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Berntsen also serves on the Faculty of Roosevelt University in Chicago. Mr. Berntsen has presented master classes and recitals around the world.

In summer 2009, Neal Berntsen began an association with the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina. Mr. Berntsen serves as Principal Trumpet for the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, performs chamber music, teaches trumpet and coaches chamber music at the festival.

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Kenneth Thompkins Trombone Interview – Trombone Corner #19

Kenneth Thompkins- Trombone Interview

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #19 of the Trombone Corner podcast. This episode features Principal trombonist of the Detroit Symphony, Kenneth Thompkins.

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About Kenneth Thompkins

Kenneth Thompkins was appointed Principal Trombone of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra by Neeme Jarvi. Prior to this appointment he held positions in the Buffalo Philharmonic and The Florida Orchestra and New World Symphony Orchestra.  He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Thompkins enjoys working with young musicians and has performed masterclasses and recitals at many universities including the Curtis Institute of Music, University of Michigan, and the Eastman School of Music. In 2017 Thompkins recorded Sonatas, Songs and Spirituals featuring the music of Alec Wilder, William Grant Still and Philip Wharton. Sonatas, Songs and Spirituals was the winner of The American Prize in Instrumental Performance for 2018-2019. He has performed as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra and New World Symphony.  He also premiered “Troubled Water” trombone concerto by Carlos Simon with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2023.

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Christine Kamau Trumpet Interview – The Other Side of the Bell #102

Christine Kamau – Trumpet Interview

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #102 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features trumpeter Christine Kamau.

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About Christine Kamau

Christine Kamau is a Trumpeter, Composer and Performing Artist from Kenya. Her Trumpet playing has been described as ‘a wide-eared approach to jazz, paying attention to various styles without losing the jazz tonality’. Kamau credits her musical influences to Hugh Masekela, Maroon Commandos, Miles Davis among others.

In 2012, Christine Kamau released an 8-track instrumental Afro-Jazz album titled ‘This is for You’. The album offers an exciting listening experience, the music being a fusion of jazz with African music elements of ‘Benga’ and Rhumba’. This debut release earned positive reviews from the music community and also saw Kamau featured on a BBC music program titled ‘Africa Beats’ a series that showcased emerging music talent from Africa.

A keen collaborator and campaigner for music as a tool for propagating unity, and having graced various stages around the continent, Christine Kamau has established a name on the African Jazz scene.

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