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2015 News Archive

2015 Monk Awardee - Wim Becu

3/10 - The HBS is pleased to announce that the 2015 recipient of the Christopher Monk Award is to be the trombonist Wim Becu. The selection committee recognized the contribution that Becu has made to further the aims of the Society though his period instrument performances and recordings in a wide range of repertoires. More information about Wim Becu’s work can be found at and

12/8 - update: we have posted pictures of Wim receiving his award (above left) and Wim with Jeff Nussbaum and Trevor Herbert (above right).

2015 EMAP Conference Report


12/18 - Jeremy Sexton has written up a report on the 2015 European Music Archaeology Project. The report can be read here: 2015 EMAP conference report.docx. Pictured left: Peter Holmes discussing a salphinx. Pictured right: Gabriele Cassone demonstrating some Baroque trumpet techniques. 

IGEB (International Society for the Promotion and Research of Wind Music)

Proposals for papers or lecture-performances are invited for the 22nd conference on wind music of the International Society for the Promotion and Research of Wind Music (IGEB) to be held in Oberwölz, Austria, July 21-26, 2016.

The deadline for proposals is January 29, 2016

Papers focusing on the theme of the conference, “Wind Music in Society” are especially invited, but papers on any aspect of wind music and research in progress are welcome. The lectures can represent the entire field of humanities in relation to wind music: musicology, ethnology, philosophy, sociology, and educational sciences. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes, leaving 10 minutes for discussion. Papers will be considered for future publication in the Alta Musica series. Researchers are encouraged to submit abstracts of works in progress.

Send a one-page abstract to Doris Schweinzer <doris.schweinzer -at->.  Registration materials and further information may be found at and the IGEB Mitteilungsblatt.

Oberwölz, the historic smallest City of Styria, Austria, will for the second time host an IGEB conference from Thursday July 21 (arrival) to Tuesday July 26, 2016 (departure). Those who attended the 2004 meeting will undoubtedly fondly remember visiting the Austrian Band Music Museum located in this city.

The winner of the IGEB Research Award (formerly the Thelen prize), awarded to the scholar having completed an outstanding doctoral dissertation in the field of wind music within the last five years, will be asked to present a paper on his/her research.

Ralph Bryant 1943-2015


10/26 - Ralph Bryant was one of the unsung heroes of the early brass community. Born in North Adams, Massachusetts, he studied music and German at Washington University in St. Louis. After service in the Army Band at West Point, he went to Munich on a scholarship to study musicology. In 1971 he was appointed assistant solo trumpet of the Zurich Tonhalle and Theater Orchestra (now: Orchestra of the Zurich Opera), a position he held for over thirty years. In Zurich he performed on cornett and baroque trumpet in the legendary cycle of Monteverdi operas conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. With the Concentus Musicus Wien under Harnoncourt’s direction, he participated in a number of recordings for the Teldec Bach cantata cycle. Moreover, in the mid-1970s he played second trumpet to Edward Tarr on what was possibly the first recording of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets on historical instruments (albeit accompanied by a modern chamber orchestra). Ralph was also a talented woodworker whose baroque-trumpet mutes are still very much sought-after. Ralph Bryant died on 3 September 2015 in Männedorf near Zurich.


11/15 - The next ANIMUSIC (National Association for Musical Instruments - Portugal) conference will be held 18-20 December 2015 in Tavira-Algarve, Portugal. For those wishing to present, the call for submissions deadline is 20 October. Further information, including registration, transportation, etc, is available by following this link.

Indiana Sackbut Workshop

8/26 - The 4th Indiana Sackbut Workshop will take place from Thursday, October 29th to Monday, November 2nd at Waycross Conference Center in Morgantown, IN. This year, we will be focusing on the rich German wind band or "Stadtpfeiffer" tradition of the 15th and 16th centuries. Sessions will focus on sackbut technique and repertoire, discussions on performance practice, and small ensemble playing sessions (combined with participants of the early double reed workshop running concurrently). The main focus of this workshop (and perhaps biggest challenge) will be use of original sources. While modern editions of some of the music will be available, the main body of repertoire will be provided in original notation.  Of course, information packets and guides will accompany the manuscript as an aid.

For a more complete description of the classes and events to take place during the workshop, please follow this link: Click here for information concerning registration and fees: Questions can be directed to Adam Bregman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Juan Carlos Arango (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), the workshop's coordinator. Anyone interested should sign up as soon as possible in order to have adequate time to become acquainted with and prepare the repertoire. All of the materials will be available to those registered as of September 1st.

HBS Session at EMAP Event

8/5 - The European Music Archaeology Project (EMAP) under the direction of Stefano Di Angeli, and Peter Holmes,  will present a 3 day event on ancient brass instrument in Viterbo, Italy on November 11-13, 2015. The HBS will present a lecture session on November 13th and will include Jeff Nussbaum, session chair, Cabriele Cassone, Keith Polk, Chris Hasselbring, Kirsty Montgomery, Jeremy Montagu, and Annemies Tamboer. 

EMAP commissioned a number of instrument makers to copy ancient brass instruments that will be demonstrated at this event. They will include; the Tintignac Carnyx, Loughnashade Iron-age horn, Etruscan Cornua and Litui from the Tomba dei Riliervi in Cerveteri, Italy, Roman cornua from Pompeii, Roman Tubae from iconography on Trajan's column, Tutankhamun's silver and copper trumpets, Boston Salpinx, Drumbest horns from Northern Ireland, Tattershall ferry Carnyx,  Pian di Civita Etruscan lituus, Etruscan and Greek salpingi, Gullakra lur, Huseby lurs.

The conference website is For further information on the HBS papers involved (abstracts, etc.) click here. (link updated 9/28/15)

Early Brass Mouthpiece Maker

6/29 - Cornetto player Sam Goble is making early brass mouthpieces including cornetto, natural trumpet, serpent, ophicliede, and sackbut:

Cornetto Maker

6/29 - Andrew Hallock of the Netherlands is making a wide range of beautiful cornetti including A=440 and A=465 cornetts, mute cornetts, and tenors. See

Gunther Schuller 1925-2015

6/22 - It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Gunther Schuller, a great musician, composer, and musicologist who was also the 2005 HBS Monk awardee. Many of our members will no doubt remember his presentations at past HBS conferences. A news story from NPR on his life can be read (and heard) by clicking here.

Natural Trumpet Class in Switzerland, August 2015

3/24 - Mike Diprose will be leading a "risk free" natural trumpet class (no vent holes) in Switzerland this August. Details are available by following this link.

Call for Papers: European Music Archaeology Project

The Historic Brass Society has been invited to give three sessions on Friday, November 13, 2015,  the penultimate day of a four day conference in Viterbo, Italy. The conference more generally is the finale of a European wide project in the Ancient Brass Project segment of EMAP a project devoted to musical archaeology. Further on the conference see:

It may be helpful to think of the HBS sessions as a colloquium within the conference that is both complementary to and integrated with it. Proposals for presentations should address one or both of two broad topics: 1) Brass musical instruments in antiquity. 2) Transitions and interpretations of brass instruments between antiquity and post-antiquity eras. These may include apparent references to instruments between antiquity and the middle ages and renaissance, and the interpretations of brass instruments of antiquity in later times.These themes may be interpreted freely and approached from the perspective of iconography, organology or any other branch of musical and cultural history. The term "brass instruments" should be taken to mean lip vibrated instrument.

Proposals should be of no more than 300 words in length. They should contain a brief outline of content and the perspective/s from which it will be addressed (iconography, historical musicology, organology etc). The proposals should be for a paper of 20 or 30 minutes (excluding discussions) and the length of paper that is proposed should be mentioned in the proposal.

Proposals should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to arrive no later than June 16 2015. The conclusions of the program committee will be communicated by 1 July 2015. Presenters will have the conference fees waived for the entire four day conference.

HBS Early Brass Festival 2015 Information

The HBS  Early Brass Festival will be held at Oberlin College, July 10-12, 2015.

Housing and Registration (different this year!)

EBF registration, dorm room charges, and meal plan charges need to be made in advance. All checks should be payable to: Historic Brass Society and sent to: HBS, 148 West 23rd Street #5F, New York, NY 10011 USA.

Dorm rooms in the Harvey/Kade Halls are $32 per night. Note, No A/C, lines included. Fan rental available for the weekend, $10 deposit ($5 return upon return of fan).

Indiana Sackbut Workshop

2/16 - The third Indiana Sackbut Workshop will take place from Thursday, April 23rd - Monday, April 27th at Waycross Conference Center in Morgantown, IN. The theme this year, continued from the fall, is 16th- and early 17th-century music from the Iberian Peninsula. Sessions will focus on sackbut technique and repertoire, discussions on performance practice and small and large ensemble playing sessions (combined with participants of the early double reed workshop happening concurrently). There will be no specific solo repertoire this time around. Instead, we will be focusing more on the application of ornaments to actual music, taking a closer look at why, when and where we ornament.

Click here for more information. If you have any specific questions about workshop, please feel free to contact Adam Bregman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Juan Carlos Arango (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The Third Vienna Talk on Music Acoustics

2/22 - The upcoming 3rd Vienna Talk on Music Acoustics, an international symposium organised by the Institute of Music Acoustics (Wiener Klangstil) in association with the TCMA of the EAA and co-sponsored by ICA, ASA, ESCOM, HBS and AMIS, is fast approaching. The meeting will take place from 16–19 September 2015 on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of our institute at the downtown campus of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria.

We want to address scientists, researchers, musicians, makers, and conservators of musical instruments. The idea, “Bridging the Gaps”, means to focus on the dialogue between the aforementioned groups. Scientists will be encouraged to present their papers in a generally understandable way, and instrument makers and musicians will be able to communicate their observations, hypotheses and problems to an interested scientific audience. This way, research might be directed towards new questions, while manufacturers, musicians, instrument conservators and collectors will have the opportunity to find answers and get access to new methods and tools.

Those interested in submitting a paper or session proposal should follow the instructions posted on the conference website: The deadline for submissions is March 1. 2/25: the deadlines have been extended given that the original one provided too short a notice. The new deadlines are: Full papers (4-8 pages) intended for peer-review by March 22, 300-word abstracts by April 12th, and session proposals by April 12.

2014 News Archive

2015 UK Natural Trumpet Building Course

12/9 - The 2015 Annual Trumpet Making Course with Robert Barclay, Michael Munkwitz & Richard Seraphinoff will run from Monday-Friday June 22-26 in Cambridge, England. Information and registration can be found at: Those interested in attending are encouraged to register as soon as possible, as the course typically fills up quickly.

New Ophicleide Repertoire Website

12/9 - Nicolas Indermuehle is pleased to announce a new website dedicated to the ophicleide repertoire: The site includes a searchable database of composers and works as well as links to libraries and archival materials.

New Louis Armstrong Documents

12/26 - A brief news item by William Grimes in the December 24, 2014 edition of the New York Times reveals some important information about the great trumpeter's youth. It is well known that young Armstrong was placed in the Colored Waif's Home in 1913 but the report of the incident that placed him there in the New Orleans Times-Democrat of January 2, 1913 described Armstrong as "an old offender" a description that has caused researchers confusion for years. Information known since 1980 but only now fully explored has shown that through daily census records kept by the home that Louis Armstrong was sent to the home previously in 1910. Also, a previously unknown news item about the brass band at the home lists Armstrong as the band's leader. 

Reine Dahlqvist 1945-2014


Reine Dahlqvist was born on September 2, 1945, and died on October 17, 2014 of complications arising from prostate cancer.

A highly important researcher into the history of the trumpet, my Swedish colleague and friend Bengt Eklund acquainted me with him from the very start of his work. As a trumpeter, he was self-taught. He could play high notes on his piccolo trumpet, but I am not aware that he ever participated in orchestra performances. Dahlqvist’s groundbreaking dissertation—Bidrag till trumpeten och trumpetspelets historia från 1500-talet till mitten av 1800-talet med särskild hänsyn till perioden 1740-1830, two vols. (Gothenborg University 1988)—was written in Swedish but had a long summary in English that enabled non-Swedish speakers to gather important information.

Reine Dahlqvist wrote other important articles, including one on Anton Weidinger and the invention of the keyed trumpet: The Keyed Trumpet and Its Greatest Virtuoso, Anton Weidinger (Nashville: The Brass Press, 1975). In addition, he was concerned about bringing out a new edition of his dissertation that would be written in English and would present information that he had not known about in 1988. This work went on for decades, and since I was the one who helped him put his language into a presentable English, we were constantly in contact. About two years ago, his transmissions of texts in “Swinglish” (i.e., his brand of English) ceased, and we were only about one fifth through the text.

Reine lived alone in the house which formerly belonged to his parents. He is survived by his sister. He never held an academic position; throughout his life he subsisted through scholarships that he had received to continue his research. During the past decade he worked part time as a postman while continuing his research in the Gothenborg University library. Several years ago he developed prostate cancer. The treatments seemed to be successful for a time and he was optimistic to the end. He seems to have died a lonely death some two days before his neighbors discovered him in his house.

The trumpet world is much the poorer without Reine Dahlqvist and much the richer for his contributions to brass history. We can only hope that he typed the results of his research into his computer at the university library and that it is preserved in a state that will someday permit its contents to be made available.

Edward H. Tarr

Cornett and Sackbut Workshops

11/7 - Starting in January 2015 Sam Goble will be presenting workshops for cornett & sackbut ensemble on a regular basis in Berlin, Germany and a Summer School with Master Classes in Northern Germany for three weeks in August courtesy of the Renaissance Workshop. Goble is a member of the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble who is also well-known as a mouthpiece maker. For further information information visit

Sounds of War and Victories: Military Musicians on Battlefields and Promenades

10/13 - The thirteenth conference of the Research Center for Music Iconography will be held at the City University of New York Graduate Center on 11 November 2014. The conference theme will commemorate the centennial of World War I. It has been organized by Zdravko Blažeković with support by the Historic Brass Society.
For conference program and information please follow this line:

Immer Masterclass Ferrara, Italy, 27-29 March 2015

9/29 - On 27-29 March 2015, the association Amici della Musica di Sant’Agostino from Ferrara (Italy) under the artistic direction and contribution of the Ensemble Ottoni Romantici, will hold the 7th International Masterlclass on Baroque Trumpet. The Masterclass is taking place in Sant’Agostino (Ferrara), and will be led this year by Friedemann Immer. Both individual and group lessons are available and masterclass topics will include performance techniques, historical interpretation of the trumpet repertoire for soloists and orchestra, and the trumpet and timpani ensemble. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request further information.

World Record Shofar Ensemble

9/29 - 1043 shofar players blew their way into the history books on Sunday in Whippany, New Jersey, setting a new record for the world’s largest shofar ensemble. Participants blasted the shofars in unison for five straight minutes in the parking lot of the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus. The purportedly "meditative" sound of the horns gave way to jubilant cheers, as instrumentalists and spectators celebrated the achievement. New Jersey now can ring in the Jewish New Year on Wednesday with bragging rights as home of the biggest shofar band on the planet, at least according to Guinness World Records.

Big Carl Resurfaces

9/29 - Big Carl, the giant tuba that was on display for decades over the entrance door of the music publisher Carl Fischer has resurfaced after mysteriously disappearing in 1999. There is still much mystery about Big Carl, all 8 feet tall, 60 feet of tubing, 100 pounds of the BBBb monster. An article in the September 27, 2014 issue of the New York Times describes much of what is known about the instrument (it's valves are not functioning). The instrument was made in Bohemia by Bohland and Fuchs. Carl Fischer had Steve Dillion restore the instrument and there is talk of Big Carl making an appearance at he Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and at the Tuba Christmas Concert in Rockeffeller Center in New York. The instrument currently resides in a small conference room at 48 Wall Street in New York.  A NY Times video describes the instrument.

Low Brass Conference: From the Serpent to the Tuba

9/17 - A special conference on many aspects of low brass instruments will take place from November, the 7th to 9th., 2014 in at the Stiftung Koster Michaelstein in Blankenburg, Germany. Of special interest to HBS members will be the presentation of the HBS Christopher Monk Award to Arnold Myers.

Click here for the pdf of the program with further information: tubakonferenz_2014.pdf Click here for the English-language program: programme_eng.doc. Click here for the full website:

2014 HBS Christopher Monk Award to Arnold Myers


9/17 - The distinguished organologist, Arnold Myers will be the recipient of the 2014 Historic Brass Society Christopher Monk Award. The Award will be presented to Arnold Myers by HBS member Sabine Klaus, at Michaelstein during the special low  brass conference, From Serpent to Tuba,  which will be held  on November 7-9, 2014. The Christopher Monk Award was established to honor distinguished members of the brass community for significant and life-long contributions to the field.

A special plaque will be inscribed with the following: Arnold Myers is one of the most distinguished organologists and musical instrument curators of his generation. Throughout his career he has worked tirelessly and with the highest scholarly standards to increase understanding of brass musical instruments. His work has benefited performers, other researchers, his students and the public at large.

2014 Vintage Band Festival


8/6 - Paul Niemisto once again organized the Vintage Band Festival on August 2, 2014 in Northfield, MN. There were 12 bands presented in concerts over a period of 12 hours. Pictured above are the "Roving Ophicleides" (Paul Schmidt and Clark Wolf), who have been present at each of the past VBFs. The next VBF will be held on July 28-31, 2016 in Northfield, which will be held in conjunction with the annual HBS Early Brass Festival conference.

Kickstarter Campaign for Horn Recording

8/6 - Anneke Scott is looking to raise money to fund a recording project on J.-F. Gallay's Opera Fantasies. For further information on the project and information on how you can support her work, click here.

Trevor Herbert Receives Baines Prize

8/6 - The Galpin Society has awarded the 16th Anthony Baines Memorial Prize to Trevor Herbert. The Baines Prize, established in 1997, is presented to musicians who have made important contributions to the field of organology. Trevor Herbert was noted, not only for his important scholarly contributions to the field of organology and the history of music and instruments but his important contributions as a teacher and performer as well. Herbert has written or co-authored many important books and articles including; "The British Brass Band", "Music in Words", "The Cambridge Companion to Brass Instruments", "The Trombone", and most recently, "Music and the British Military in the Long 19th Century." Trevor Herbert is a long-time member of the Historic Brass Society Board of Directors and the HBS Editorial Board as well as a past recipient of the HBS Christopher Monk Award. 

Adolphe Sax 2014 Bicentenary Conference

Adrian Steiger Trevor Herbert and Arnold MyersAl Rice and Arnold Myers

7/8 - The Historic Brass Society joined forces with the Musical Instrument Museum of Brussels and Belgian Society of Musicology in presenting a conference celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of great Belgian instrument maker, Adolphe Sax. The conference held in the beautiful city of Brussels on July 3-5, 2014 was a great success and paved the way for future research on Sax as well as other 19th century brass topics. Click here for the Program and Lecture Abstracts.

Photo captions: Adrian Steiger (left), Trevor Herbert and Arnold Myers (center), Al Rice and Arnold Myers (right)

Danny Lucin Cornetto Mouthpieces

6/6 - Danny Lucin is now making cornetto mouthpieces and has a variety of styles with a range of different shapes & sizes to suit individual requirements.
Mouthpiece Specs:
Total length: 34mm
Cup diameter: 14mm or 15mm (or larger if required)
Rim: 2mm, 2.5mm or 3mm (trumpet style mouthpiece)
Shank length: 18mm
Shank diameter: 8mm - will fit a Monk plastic instrument
Throat: 2.9mm with a tapered back-bore
Material: Black buffalo horn

Price: $80 AUD

For further information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bugles Across America

5/29 - In response to cutting back of the playing of TAPS in live performance by buglers for American military men and women, in 2000, Tom Day made it his mission to have TAPS played by a bugle player at every military funeral across the country. He created Bugles Across America to achieve that goal. For further information please visit

Call for Papers

5/12 - The HBS has recently becoming a supporting organization for an upcoming conference, "Sounds of Wars and Victories: Images of Military Musicians on Battlefields and Promenades." This conference will be presented at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York under the direction of the Research Center for Music Iconography and held in New York on November 11-13, 2014. The conference will focus on the iconography of military musicians of all times and performing in any occasion. The submission deadline for abstracts of proposals (200-300 words) is June 15, 2014. Submissions may be sent to: Zdravko Blazekovic at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  More information is available at

Natural Horn Events This Summer

5/29 - Natural horn virtuoso Anneke Scott will be involved in a number of workshops and symposia coming up this summer. She's sent the following information about her activities: The first course (Ironwood Developing Artists Chamber Music Winter School) is being held at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music from  Monday 7th of July – Saturday 12th of July and will focus on aspects of playing the classical natural horn. The course is open to anyone over the age of 17 and both period horn players AND modern horn players interested in gaining some insight into the natural horn or elements of performance practice are very welcome.


The second course (Ironwood Developing Artists Baroque Orchestra Winter School) will be held in Bundanon (near Sydney) from Wednesday 16th of July until Sunday 20th of July (although my participation is just for the first three days) - this course will be more focused on aspects of playing the baroque horn, though again people new to the instrument are welcome to apply. The application form says entries by 1st of May but I understand they're still accepting applications. 

46th Annual Symposium of the International Horn Society - I’ll be giving a natural horn masterclass as part of the IHS festival in August, on Thursday 14th August. Anyone is able to apply for this masterclass, see for the application form and further details.

Wanted: J.W. York Catalogs

5/13 - I am seeking catalogs or other early J.W.York, York & Son or York & Sons printed materials. I have always thought that the J.W.York Monarch cornets and some of the Professional models, as well as the New Model Monarchs and New Model Professionals are among my favorite early 20thcentury cornets. Many have passed through my hands and virtually all have been worth the effort and money to restore. I have accumulated a dozen or more that I am restoring now and I have noticed that there are many different bell sizes and shapes as well as different engraving patterns through the years but I have almost no literature in my files that details their offerings, only articles in the Grand Rapids newspapers about the store and factory.
Rich Ita
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Jeffrey Snedeker Name National Phi Kappa Phi Artist

4/29 - Jeffrey Snedeker, natural hornist, frequent HBSJ author, and professor of music at Central Washington University, has been selected as the 2014-2016 Phi Kappa Phi Artist by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The award is in recognition of his accomplishments as a musician, professor, and campus leader. “Dr. Snedeker has had a sustained career as one of the foremost proponents of the historical importance of the natural horn. His extensive range of performances, compact discs, journal articles and presentations at international conferences have garnered widespread accolades throughout his impressive career,” said Dr. David Northington, chair of the Phi Kappa Phi Artist selection committee. Snedeker has been a performing artist and scholar for more than 25 years. He’s played concertos, recitals, and natural horn and jazz performances throughout the world. He has released two critically acclaimed solo recordings featuring the horn in a jazz setting and two solo recordings of the natural horn.

Snedeker has received numerous performance and teaching awards; most notably, first place in the Natural Horn Division of the 1991 American Horn Competition. He also holds the 2012 Washington Music Educators Association Higher Education Educator of the Year and the 2014 Washington State Ormsby Award for Faculty Citizenship. Since 1991 Snedeker has been at CWU where he teaches horn, music history, and brass literature and pedagogy. He was the 2012 CWU Distinguished University Professor for Service, and the 2008 CWU Phi Kappa Phi Scholar of the Year. “What the artist award represents to me is a wonderful acknowledgement of day-to-day work and taking risks. It’s really nice to get a pat on the back,” said Snedeker, whose decision to pursue a career in music came later than many musicians. “I wanted to be a baseball player,” Snedeker said. “Basically, when the obvious shortcomings on my part finally ran their course, I was looking for something that would sort of resemble that. And the act of practicing music, making music, has an athletic approach to it.” Playing an instrument and performing took the place of his athletic ambitions. Sports have an artistic aspect, says Snedeker, who sees music as a worthy alternative to baseball. “I don’t have rotator cuff problems and knee problems and I still play every day,” he said with a laugh.

First presented in 1983, the Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award recognizes the achievements of those who, in addition to their outstanding scholarship, have displayed talents in the broad realm of the arts—creative, graphic, performing, visual, and fine arts, according to a Phi Kappa Phi news release. The award is given once every two years. Recipients receive a $1,000 honorarium, a life membership, and a trip to the society’s biennial convention on August 9 in St. Louis, MO, where the award officially will be presented. “I still have much to learn, and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead,” Snedeker said. “I pride myself on my versatility, but as much as I want people to appreciate the wide range of possibilities of the horn, I also know that any musical instrument is limited first by the performer, and I embrace my responsibility in pursuit of my goals.”

For more information on Phi Kappa Phi visit

New Trumpet Book

4/21 -  Elisa Koehler has just had her new book, Fanfares and Finesse: A Performer's Guide to Trumpet History and Literature published by Indiana University Press. This fine book is guide for modern trumpet players on how to best to apply historically informed performance practice. Click here to see the Amazon listing.

Friedemann Immer Master Class

3/18 - The Tertiary College of Church Music of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bayreuth, Bavaria, will host the 12th International Baroque Trumpet Seminar with Prof. Friedemann Immer (Cologne, Amsterdam) on 24-27 April 2014. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Peter Barton 1930-2013

3/18 - My mentor and teacher Peter Barton died late in autumn 2013 aged 83, after a short illness. After an initial career as a sports and Latin teacher Peter was taught brass repairing by an eccentric Hungarian called Villi Hertzeg, whose own formal apprenticeship, Peter told me, had been for fifteen years. Peter at first began working on historical brass instruments at the Bate collection in collaboration with Jeremy Montague, and then also for the Horniman and the Reid collections and for Cyrfatha castle. His work for the antique instrument dealer Tony Bingham may  be found in collections across the world. At a time when restoration to playing condition was the fashion, Peter was always very careful to work in the least destructive way that he could  and to preserve as much historical evidence as possible. He wrote articles for GSJ on his work on the Calcott radius horn, the Shaw trumpets in Warwick castle, and  also on the Woodham Rodenbostel slide trumpet which stimulated his  own interest and research into the English slide trumpet.  His last major project, before arthritis forced a return to his other interests of miniature boat building and painting, was the restoration of the silver William Bull trumpet in the Ashmolean museum. Peter would most often spend substantially more time on an instrument than he could ever charge for, but aside from his great skill and patience (and his great generosity to me as a teacher) what most people will remember will be a very warm hearted and genial man with a huge store of entertaining stories and things to talk about. 
-- Nicholas Perry

Brussles Conference on Adolphe Sax

7/11 - A conference entitled "Adolphe Sax His Influence and Legacy: A Bicentenary Conference" will be presented at the Musical Instrument Museum (Brussels, Belgium) on July 3-5, 2014. Keynote speakers will be Steve Cottrell and Trevor Herbert. For information on submitting a proposal and/or attending the conference, please click here.

UPDATE: The conference schedule has been set and everything you need to prepare for it has been posted here:

UPDATE (3/21): The conference schedule has been tweaked somewhat, so please use this updated version:

3D "Printed" Cornetti

3/14 - There has been a flurry of discussion about 3D Printer cornetti recently. One maker is Ricardo Simian ( Bruce Dickey is reported to have said that they play very well at A=466, but maybe not quite as well as the best wooden ones. This is encouraging. He also says that they haven't been scaled to A=440 yet, but the website seems to indicate they are available. Discussions on the "Cornettozink" group on Yahoo have revealed another website of interest:

A Mute Cornett has been designed by instrument maker Steven Silverstein as well ( Steve reports, "I did nothing but take his measurements and put them into stl files. The Cornett needed to be cut into four pieces to fit into my print area. To facilitate gluing the pieces together I created alignment cones meant to keep the pieces aligned in the X-Y plane during the glue up. These truncated cones are the negative space at the center of the Cornett. I glued each piece together with two part epoxy. To keep the internal alignment cones from getting glued as well I wrapped the alignment cones in silicone embedded parchment paper. Both the alignment cones and the pieces of parchment paper came out with no fuss". You can

">click here to watch a youtube video showing some of these instruments.

-- Jeffrey Nussbaum

UPDATE (3/18): 
Cornetto player, Jamie Savan has sent this report ." Having noticed the post about 3D printed cornetti on the HBS website, I thought HBS members might be interested to know about my 'CyberZink' project which also uses CAD modelling and 3D printing for cornetto research: I started printing copies of historical mouthpieces around 18 months ago, and got my first cornetto printed in July last year. I'm using the dimensions for the Christ Church cornetti in the first instance, and the results so far have been very promising. There's further information on the project website:


New Contrabass Serpent (Anaconda) Available


3/3 - J.c. Sherman, an instrument maker in Bedford, Ohio, has built a new musical instrument, a contrabass serpent. Often referred to by players of the serpent and musical instrument historians as an “Anaconda”, the instrument is an octave below the usual serpent, and thus twice the size and length. The contrabass serpent named “Gabriel”, first completed in September 2013 and revised in 2014, is the fourth full instrument of this pitch. It has 6 holes covered by copper keys, and is made completely of metal, making this the only metal contrabass serpent extant. "Gabriel", this contrabass serpent/anaconda, is on 16-foot CC, and is made entirely from brass and related metals. For pictures, additional information, and purchasing inquiries, please contact J.c. Sherman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or view his website at

Natural Trumpet Events in Switzerland

2/24 - Mike Diprose will be teaching a natural trumpet course in Arosa, Switzerland 17th-23rd August. The course, taught in both German and English, is geared towards the "unvented" natural trumpet and for those wishing to improve their playing technique without the use of tuning holes. For further information: He will also be hosting a number of workshops throughout the year in various locations, and will be posting those items on this website


2014 Mountain Collegium Early Music Workshop

1/3 - The 2014 Mountain Collegium Early Music Workshop will take place 29 June - 5 July 2014 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. Erick Schmalz will be teaching brass this year. Classes include technique, improvisation, consorts, folk, Sephardic, and contemporary music.  Continuing Ed Credit is available to teachers.

For further information and registration, click here for their website or contact Jody Miller via email.

Upcoming HBS Events

2/8 - The 2015 HBS Early Brass Festival will be held on Friday July 10 - Sunday July 12, 2015 at Oberlin College. Of special interest will be an up-close view of the Selch instrument collection which is housed at Oberlin. The 2016 event will be the HBS Early Brass Festival which will be held, once again, in collaboration with the Vintage Band Festival in Northfield, MN. Those dates are July 28-31, 2016. Long range plans for another large International Historic Brass Symposium to be held again in New York City. That Symposium will be held during the Summer of 2017.

Query for Shofar Study

1/20 -Jeremy Montagu, president of the Galpin Society, is working on a detailed study of the shofar, including its use and history from Talmudic times onwards, and he is currently concerned with its typology. He has only just over a dozen in his own collection, from north-eastern Europe (18th and 19th centuries), Israel (late 19th century onwards), Morocco, and Iran, and needs help to fill the gaps with typology from other areas of the world and different periods in history. If you have any information, or know of any museums or collections that could assist in this study, he would very much appreciate being contacted This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on Facebook. For further information on his research, visit his website:

Third International Romantic Brass Symposium

7/8 - Revised 10/27 with new dates. Originally scheduled from noon on Feb. 4 to noon on Feb. 6, it will now be from the morning of Feb. 4 through Feb. 5.

The Bern University of the Arts will host the third International Conference on Romantic Brass, to be held jointly with the Historic Brass Society (HBS) in Bern, February 4 - 5, 2014. The theme of the conference is The Saxhorn in Opera and Military Music. 

The conference is organized in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Adolphe Sax (1814-1894). The Program Committee welcomes proposals for papers, lecture-recitals, lecture-demonstrations, performances, posters, and panel discussions on topics relating to the history, design, use, care, and acoustics of Romantic brasswind instruments. Proposals relating to the following themes are particularly welcomed: 
  • Innovation in nineteenth-century wind-instrument engineering
  • From handwork to mass production: the industrialization of wind-instrument making 
  • Restoration, documentation, and ethical treatment of nineteenth-century wind instruments 
  • Performing nineteenth-century wind music in the twenty-first century

For information about the Bern University's plans and schedule, click here.

For full details on the HBS side of the event, click here: PDF.

2013 News Archive

His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts Fundraiser

12/4 - His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts is running a fundraising campaign to support their next recording project. It is currently 75% funded through a Kickstarter campaign, but needs your help to nudge us towards that £5000 goal. For further information, please follow this link: There are a variety of rewards and incentives for those who donate. The campaign will end on 12/12, so don't delay!

News from Christopher Monk Workshops

12/2 - Jeremy West and Christoper Monk Workshops has sent news of a number of items of interest to historic brass enthusiasts, including a new resin cornett, the publication of 15 duos from 1590, and the latest recording project from His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts. For more information, click here.

Sackbuts on Broadway

12/2 - In his review in the November 30th edition of the NY Times, of a pair of Shakespeare plays, "Richard III" and Twelfth Night", now running at the Belasco Theater on Broadway, critic Michael Cooper described the show pit band as "more Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, rather than Irving Berlin!" In a rare change from the usual musical forces in a Broadway pit band, this production is using a band of early music performers including two sackbut players, Greg Ingles and Daniel Meyers. To read the full article: click here!

An Open Letter of Thanks to the HBS from Vic Hobson

10/30 - My first involvement with the Historic Brass Society was at a joint international symposium of the society and the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, New Jersey in 2005. What I suspect nobody (including Jeff Nussbaum) knew at the time was that I was still a graduate student, and Jonathan Impett, my doctoral supervisor, had suggest the conference to me. Despite being surrounded by the world’s leading jazz scholars, I was scheduled to be the last speaker and to close the conference. If that wasn’t enough, I also got to publish my paper, “The Blues and the Uptown Brass Bands of New Orleans,” questioning how the blues became a part of New Orleans jazz, alongside these same luminaries in Howard T. Weiner ed., Early Twentieth Century Brass Idioms (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009).

The conference put me in touch with Bruce Raeburn who, as curator of the Hogan Jazz Archive, suggested that the oral history interviews that archive held would be a good way to further my research. The following spring, as New Orleans struggled to recover from Hurricane Katrina, I made my first visit to the Crescent City. On my way back to the U.K., I met briefly with Lewis Porter to discuss writing an article “New Orleans Jazz and the Blues” Jazz Perspectives, vol. 5, no. 1 (2011). Although the essay established that the blues in all its forms was played around the turn of the century by New Orleans musicians, what this left unresolved was how they came to play the blues.

A Woest Fellowship in 2009 to the Historic New Orleans Collection gave me access to the original interview notes for the book  Jazzmen (1939). Much of the information for Jazzmen came from a highly controversial source: Bunk Johnson. He claimed to have played with Buddy Bolden, the legendary “First Man of Jazz,” and that together they had pioneered jazz in New Orleans. From the original interview notes for Jazzmen it was clear that Bunk Johnson did play with Bolden. This has profound implications for Johnson's recorded legacy in describing the music of the early years of New Orleans jazz.

New Orleans jazz was different from ragtime in a number of ways. It was a music that was collectively improvised, and employed the tonality of the blues. Part of the reason New Orleans jazz developed as it did is that all the prominent jazz pioneers, including Buddy Bolden, Bunk Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Johnny Dodds, and Kid Ory, sang in barbershop (or barroom) quartets. My forthcoming book, Creating Jazz Counterpoint: New Orleans, Barbershop Harmony, and the Blues (Jacksonville, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2014), describes in both historical and musical terms how the practices of quartet singing were converted to the instruments of a jazz band, and how this, in turn, produced the collectively improvised, blues-inflected jazz of New Orleans.

I am currently working on a paper for Jazz Education Network Conference in Dallas, Texas, January 8-11, 2014, exploring how Louis Armstrong developed the musical language of jazz through the application of quartet vocal practices on his instrument. There is still a long way to go, but I got off to an auspicious start at the HBS/IJS symposium back in 2005.

New Cornett "G2" from Christopher Monk

9/26 - At Christopher Monk Instruments we have very good news regarding the resin cornetts: after some 18 months of research and development the all new resin instrument, happily nicknamed the "G2", is about to be launched. If you have ordered, and are waiting for, a resin cornett, this is the model you will receive. As promised, you will get it at the price from the time of your order and not the price at the time of supply. New manufacturing techniques will also mean more reliable and quicker production; our aim is to clear the backlog of orders by early 2014 and then to hold a stock of these instruments for the future.

This marks the end of the line for the trusty 'G1' which has seen 50 years of service, enabling and inspiring players in dozens of countries across the globe. One example even found its way onto a nuclear submarine on patrol beneath the polar ice cap during the Cold War.

The G2 will carry on where its predecessor left off whilst embracing 21st century technologies and materials. Far greater precision in the manufacturing process will make for added stability and a more centred and brighter sound. I am extremely excited about this new instrument!

The cornettino will continue with the new model (launched 2012), but now utilising improved production methods which will render it better than ever. Again, instruments will be held in stock from early 2014.

Once again I should like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding whilst waiting for their instruments. Your loyalty means a lot and is greatly appreciated.

For further information:

Sackbut Workshop

9/25 - The first annual Indiana Sackbut Workshop will take place from Thursday, October 31st through Monday, November 4th outside of Bloomington, IN (at Waycross in Morgantown).  This year's theme for the workshop is late Medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque Italian music.  Sessions will focus on sackbut technique and repertoire, with discussions on performance practice and the sackbut in a historical context, small and large ensemble playing sessions (some combined with participants of the early double reed workshop happening concurrently), and masterclasses as a platform for solo performance of diminutions and madrigals.

For further information, please visit

Cornetto Lessons On-Line

8/5 - Jeremy West, one of the great cornetto virtuosos and Director of His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, is now offering online cornetto lessons via Skype or Facetime. As many potential cornetto enthusiasts are often hundreds or even thousands of miles from a good cornetto teacher, online lessons are the answer. For more details see Jeremy's website:

New Military Music Book

6/28 -Oxford University Press has just published a new book by Trevor Herbert on the history of British military music. Herbert offers a new and fascinating view on the importance of this often overlooked area of music making. For further information click here.

New Weckmann Edition for Cornetto

6/20 - New music for cornetto published by Septenary Editions: Matthias Weckmann (c.1616-1674), Sonate à 3 e 4 istromenti, D-Lr KN207, Heft 14. This is a complete performance edition including score and parts. Click here for more information.

Purcell Opera Premiere Seeks Support

6/12 - Later this year, dynamic period instrument ensemble Spiritato! will be making the world-premiere recording of Daniel Purcell's The Judgment of Paris (1701) for the Resonus Classics label. As individuals the members of the group can be found working with many of the finest period-instrument orchestras in the world, but together they share a passion for music from the Restoration. The work is an exciting combination of Purcellian harmonies and virtuosic Italianate vocal forms. The opera, featuring the trumpet throughout, is a unique window into English music at the beginning of the 18th century.

Spiritato! are being supported in this unique project by public donations and are giving away fanfares, CDs and downloads to everyone who contributes. Even the smallest donation can make a big difference so to find out more about the group and Daniel Purcell's forgotten masterpiece please visit

Kentucky Baroque Trumpets Brings World Renowned Trumpeters to Lebanon, Kentucky

5/25 - Two of the finest trumpeters in the world, Friedemann Immer from Germany and John Foster from Australia, will be traveling to the United States to accompany Don Johnson of the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets in a concert held at St. Augustine Church in Lebanon, Kentucky on Saturday, 8 June at 7 pm. KBT will also be hosting a master class at Centre Square on Friday, 7 June at 7 pm. Anyone that can play a brass instrument is invited to come to the rehearsal and would be allowed to perform the selected piece of music at the concert the following day. Following the concert on Saturday night, the general public is invited to attend a reception at the Marion County Heritage Center, the old courthouse in downtown Lebanon on Main Street. The Marion County Heritage Center is home to Don’s collection of Civil War and J.W. Pepper instruments, light refreshments will be served.
For further information visit

Biber in San Francisco

5/6 - On July 13 the period-instrument virtuosos of the American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy (July 12-21, San Francisco) will perform Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber's gigantic Missa Salisburgensis. Performed only a handful of times since its 1682 premiere in Salzburg Cathedral, this choral extravaganza for nine different groups of instruments is massive, beautiful, and sure to be an extraordinary musical event! At 53 parts plus continuo it is probably the largest-scaled surviving work from the Baroque period. There is an especially heavy contingent of baroque trumpet players involved.

English Brass Academy Summer Courses

4/30 - The English Brass Academy is offering high quality music training for students, aged 8 -18, this August. For information click here to go to their website. Based at the magnificent Shrewsbury School & Beechwood Park School, the week-long courses promise to be great fun as well as educational and culminate in a concert for family and friends on the Friday afternoon.

Brass Works is for all young brass players from beginner to grade 8 and the course contains small and large ensemble work; creative composition workshops, performance preparation and organised sports.

Brass Elite is for advanced players (grade 8+) who would like to take their playing to the next level. This course contains masterclasses, chamber music, orchestral excerpts, creative composition workshops, mock auditions, health & well being and early music performance practice.

Serpent Session and Masterclass

4/29 - La Cie du Globe has organized conference on the cornet and sacquebout from 15-22 August in Ardèche (France). Bernard Fourtet will be discussing Sacqueboute Serpent and Catherine Escure will be presenting on Cornet à bouquin. The session will coincide with a production of Lully's opera Cadmus et Hermione. For further information, please visit their website:


Sacqueboute - Serpent : Bernard Fourtet
Musicien de la fin du XXe et début du XXI siècles ; ses études de trombone et de musicologie le conduisirent à des activités professionnelles multiples d’instrumentiste (La Fenice, Ohimè, les Saqueboutiers, Hesperion XXI, Gabrieli consort and players, Amsterdam baroque orchestra, etc...), de directeur d’écoles de musique et d’enseignant au conservatoire de Toulouse, en stages et en collèges. Spécialisé en saqueboute, serpent, ophicléide, pour les répertoires sur instruments anciens, il fut professeur de ces disciplines au Département de Musique Ancienne du CRR de Toulouse à partir de 1994. L’un des «redécouvreurs» du Serpent à partir de 1984, il fut cofondateur du Trio de serpents «méandre», l’auteur d’une méthode de Serpent (2003), fondateur de l’Adonis et de la Facqoqcaf. 

Adolph Bud Herseth 1921-2013

4/26 - As many of you may already be aware, Adolph “Bud” Herseth, principal trumpet for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 53 years passed away on April 13, 2013. His orchestral playing inspired legions of trumpeters. In addition to his great career as a symphonic performer, he served as a Navy Musician during WWII. RIP Bud Herseth, Trumpeter and Navy Veteran. Click here to read his obituary in the Chicago Tribune.

Anneke Scott Teaching Natural and Modern Horn this Summer

6/5 - Anneke Scott will be teaching one-week natural and modern horn courses at Malvern College in the UK from 3rd - 10th August 2013. For further information see:

New Nartiss Tenor Sackbut

3/27 - George Butler has sent news about a new tenor sackbut by Lativian maker and trombonist Vairis Nartiss:

First impressions from a tourist friend from England tell me that the bore size is on the large side. Vairis Nartiss wanted to offer something that modern players could pick up and feel comfortable with right away, or something for the modern player to double with. The bell lines up with third position, chrome-nickel inner slides and there is a water key. They are lacquered. The mouthpiece rim is rounded, the cup is a funnel, the backbore is big, and it's gold plated. Apparently the source of manufacturing is wide and  some bits are from China, some from eastern Germany, some from Czech Republic, and some from Latvia. It comes with a nice, light, black-canvas-over-styrofoam case and the price until the end of March is €990.

More info:

Wind Band History Books Reissued

3/15 - David Whitwell's 13-volume History and Literature of the Wind Band and Wind Ensemble is now available in a new second edition.  The individual volumes can be seen and ordered from  Also available on this site are his modern editions of early German, Italian and French original compositions and transcriptions for large wind band.

Cornetto and Sackbut Study in Madison

3/12 - Kiri Tollaksen and Greg Ingles will be teaching at the Madison Early Music Festival from July 6 - 12 ( ensemble Dark Horse Consort will also be featured on the MEMF concert series.

Madeuf Ventless Brandenburg No. 2 Video

3/19 -  Last year's release of a recording of Bach's Second Brandenburg Concerto played on a ventless natural trumpet by J. F. Madeuf created quite a stir. For those of you who do not believe it possible, there is a video on Youtube so you can see it with your own eyes:

Walter Salmen (1926-2013)

3/15 - We regret to report the passing of German musicologist Walter Salmen. Salmen studied musicology (under Besseler), philosophy, and history at the University of Heidelberg from 1944 to 1948, earning his doctorate from the University of Münster in 1949 with a dissertation on the German Tenorlied. After holding positions in Freiburg (research assistant at the German Folksong Archive), Saarbrücken (adjunct professor from 1963), and Kiel (full professor and director of the musicology department from 1966), he was appointed to the musicology chair at the University of Innsbruck in 1974. Following his retirement in 1992, he returned to the Freiburg area and was made honorary professor at the University of Freiburg in 1996.

A prolific author, Salmen was active in many areas of musical research, including the social history of music, iconography, the history of dance, and music and musicians in Goethe's circle. Salmen also maintained an association with the Historic Brass Society, presenting a paper at the HBS sessions of the Musical Intersections Conference in Toronto in November 2000, contributing an article to the 2002 issue of the HBS Journal, and attending the 2004 HBS Symposium in Basel/Bad Säckingen. Walter Salmen died in Freiburg on 2 February 2013.

A Darker View of Wobisch

3/15 - A new examination of the the famed trumpeter of the Vienna Philharmonic Helmut Wobisch (1912-1980) has revealed some disturbing information. According to a news article in the March 12th issue of the New York Times by James R. Oestreich, the Vienna Philharmonic commissioned three historians to conduct an independent study of the orchestra's Nazi past. The study revealed that Wobisch joined the Nazi Party in 1933, while it was still illegal in Austria, and the SS in 1938, and spied on and denounced fellow musicians in the orchestra. He was fired by the orchestra after the war, rejoined it in 1947, became its executive director in 1954 and played in it until 1968. After convicted war criminal Baldur von Schirach was released from Spandau prison in 1966, Wobisch presented him, in an allegedly "private initiative," with a replica of the orchestra's “Honorary Ring,” as a replacement for Schirach’s original that was confiscated by US troops after the war. Wobisch's artistic activities were more noble than his personal ones. Wobsich made the first LP recording of the Haydn trumpet concerto, paving the way for the trumpet as a solo instrument, was a noted performer of the music of Bach and helped develop early attempts at designing Baroque trumpets.

Edingurgh Serpentarium 2013

3/7 - The Edinburgh Serpentarium 2013, hosted by Arnold Meyers and Murray Campbell will be held on 24-27 May. Further details and a schedule of events are available on their website:

Historic "Lincoln's Own" on the Silver Screen

2/19 - Don Johnson, who led "President Lincoln's Own Band" in the recent blockbuster movie "Lincoln" wrote up the story about his involvement with the movie for us. It has been posted under our interviews section.

2012 News Archive

Chamber Music Composition Contest

8/20 The Humboldt State University Brass Chamber Music Workshop announces its tenth annual composition contest. First Prize - $2000; Second Prize - $1000; Third Prize - $500. All works will be played and judged by the BCMW coaching staff. Winners’ works will be performed during the July 2013 Brass Chamber Music Workshop in Arcata, California. Amateur musicians will perform the music in a workshop format. Qualifying submissions will be added to the Workshop Library. Composition should be an original, previously unpublished, work for brass septet (2221)– 2 trumpets (cornets, flugelhorns), 2 horns (in F), 2 trombones (bass clef), & tuba. Contest particulars, including submission directions and qualifying guidelines are available on the web at

Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2013.

World's Oldest Recording a Cornet Solo

10/26 - If you missed the national newscasts last night you might not have heard a story about how the world's oldest recording, an 1878 cornet solo recorded on a piece of tin foil, has been successfully played back using non-invasive optical analysis. The official website, with the recoding playable/downloadable is available here:

Also: if you recognize the tune, please let someone in the HBS know, because we don't recognize it.

Make a Trumpet with Cambridge Woodwind Makers

8/20 The Cambridge Woodwind Makers are delighted to be presenting the opportunity for you to make your own Long Trumpet with expert craftsmen Robert Barclay, Richard Seraphinoff & Michael Münkwitz.

This five-day course begins on Monday 17th June and we recommend you book your place immediately to avoid disappointment. This highly acclaimed course has been run successfully in Germany and the US and those who attend will make their own copy of a Hans Hainlein Long trumpet from sheet brass, using the tools and techniques used by 17th Century makers. The course is suitable for adults, students, musicians and craftspeople of all abilities.

The course is offered through Cambridge Woodwind Makers a new charity dedicated to the preservation and promotion of woodwind instrument making through participation. They are based in the serene setting of the Champion Workshop, Bury Farm, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP England.

For further information please see our website:, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01223 713101.

Christopher Monk Instruments News

9/20 - Course for wind players (shawms, curtals, sackbutts & cornetts) Meissen
Its still not too late to enrol for the workshop in Meissen with Capella de la Torre where I shall be coaching during the first week of October. All students, no matter what level, of the above instruments will be very welcome. If you play yourself, or if you have students seeking a few days of intense (but relaxed!) playing, please go to the link below. Or the next workshop is planned for around the same time in 2013. For further info visit here and follow the link to the workshop:

If you are waiting for resin cornetts
Progress is being made with the instruments. And the new mouthpieces, which have considerably exacerbated the delay, are on the way too after many complications. I hope and expect to be able to release some 70 instruments over the next 4 months. I am also hopeful of clearing the waiting list altogether in the first half of 2013 especially if new manufacturing techniques prove serviceable. To those of you who have waited a long time for your cornett: THANKYOU! I really do hope that the end of the wait is in sight at last. I greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as well as the many warm wishes that so many of you have kindly sent.

If you are waiting for wooden cornetts
The news here is good! The new model cornetts have been in production for several months now and they are blowing really nicely. The waiting list is down to 2 to 3 months and I hope to be holding stock (i.e. to be able to offer players a choice!) around the turn of the new year. Currently, cornetts are mainly in rock maple, pear and cherry. I hope to be able to source some boxwood soon for those who prefer the harder timbers.

Tenor cornetts and serpents
are all in the very capable hands of Nicholas Perry. The new round-bodied tenor cornett is a beauty, blowing really nicely and sitting much more easily in the hands than its predecessors (Nicholas has 'squashed' the design to this end). In fact this instrument is now not so very different in hand stretch than the 440 treble cornett and I've purchased an example for myself very recently as a result. The serpents continue to wiggle along as ever with the new ones blowing really well (or so I am told!). For tenors and serpents info please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For cornetts please get in touch with Jeremy West at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I hope that you are happy and interested to receive this brief (and quite rare!) newsletter from Christopher Monk Instruments. If you think that your name has crept onto this list by accident, or if you would prefer no longer to be on the workshop's mailing list, please let me know and I shall remove your address right away.

With good wishes, Jeremy West

HBS Symposium: Largest Gathering of Early Brass Musicians

(Caption: Crispian Steele-Perkins performs with the Humboldt Trumpet Ensemble; Don Simithers and John Foster)

The HBS Second International Historic Brass Symposium: Brass Instruments, Repertoire, Performance, and Culture (July12-15, 2012, NYC), proved to a great success and the largest gathering of early brass musicians ever assembled. Held for three days at the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program and one day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Symposium had over 175 participants and, likely would have had many more but for the decision to halt registration about 4 weeks prior to the event because the two venues did not have the capacity to hold such unanticipated large numbers of people. A wide range of musical topics were presented ranging from Don Smithers giving a talk on Roman period trumpets to Gunther Schuller discussing his involvement with musicians such as Miles Davis and Charles Mingus. Many of the finest early brass soloists and ensembles performed. A special concert was held at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields which included an “All-Star” Natural Trumpet ensemble organized by Friedemann Immer and a program of 17th century music led by Bruce Dickey and Ensemble Caecillia-Concert. As so many leading performers were in attendance and the 4 day event only had enough time to present a portion of those present, it was decided that a mass reading session would be a fun (and time efficient) way to involve more wonderful players. Bruce Dickey organized the reading session of cornett and sackbut players, chose 3 large-scale, multi-choral works by Gabrieli and Priuli, and assigned players for all of the parts. Placed in four corners of the church, each brass choir, assisted by a harpsichord or organ, the large ensemble was conducted by Gunther Schuller. A glorious sound ensued and fun was had by all. A similar reading session was on the last day of the Symposium when Schuller conducted an ensemble of about 30 natural trumpeters playing a number of works including the 24 part anonymous Sonata 54 from the famous Lisbon collection. The presentation of the 2011 and 2012 Chirstopher Monk Award to Rainer Egger and Ken Kreitner was followed by the HBS Membership Meeting where future plans for the HBS were discussed.  A common reaction expressed by many Symposium participants was the wonderful sense of camaraderie and feeling of community that was present in spirit at this event. The full program and abstracts of the presentations are included on this site.

-- Jeffrey Nussbaum

Call for Papers

8/19 The HBS has received a call for papers from Helen Rusak, the editor of the Journal of Music Research Online (JMRO), a freely accessible peer-reviewed journal for scholarly research in music. If you are interested in submitting research for review, please visit their website for details.

New Bucinia Series Book Available

8/15 The latest offering in the Pendragon Press Bucinia series, The Trombone in the Renaissance: A History in Pictures and Documents, by Stuart Carter, is now available for purchase from the Pendragon Press website.

With more than 130 illustrations and nearly 400 original documents, many of them not previously available in English translation, this book traces the development of the instrument’s physical form, musical use, and social function during the Renaissance. From its initial appearance with shawms in the alta band, the instrument moved gradually to a more refined position, joining with cornetts and violins and accompanying voices in church music. By the late sixteenth century it was one of the most widely used instruments in Western Europe.

Order from Pendragon Press by clicking here. Price: $82.00 hardback. Historic Brass Society members are entitled to a 15 percent discount on all books in the Bucina series, and a 10 percent discount on all other Pendragon titles.

HBS Session at IMS Congress in Rome

8/20 The Historic Brass Society presented a study session at the 19th International Congress of the International Musicological Society this past July 7th, 2012 in Rome, Italy. The session, The trumpet and the culture of power, was chaired by Renato Meucci, Music Academy "G. Cantelli "of Novara and included the following papers:

Trevor Herbert, The Open University (UK)
The trumpeter as power negotiator in England in the sixteenth century

Joseph S. Kaminski, Wagner College and the College of Staten Island/CUNY (US)
Asante Ivory Trumpets in the Pre-colonial Military Religious Rites of Ghana

John Wallace Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (UK)
Innovative virtuosity as a messenger of power in the millennial trumpet

Tom Perchard , Goldsmiths College, University of London (UK)
Jazz Trumpet and the Semiotics of Vulnerability

A theme of this session was to explore the place held by the trumpet (or instruments that function as trumpets – such as animal horns) in defining and symbolising authority and power. The evidence for this is formidable and it is found in many societies and historical periods. The purpose of this session was to explore similarities and differences in the identity of the trumpet and its music in four discrete cultural domains – the European court in the sixteenth century, African ivory trumpets (and their link to ancient civilisations), the innovative virtuoso trumpet art-music repertoire of the late twentieth century, and the trumpeter in jazz. The IMS holds its International Congress every five years and this session was the 4th presentation of the Historic Brass Society at an IMS conference. Past events included presentations in London (1997), Leuven (2002), Zurick (2007), and Rome (2012).

Further details and the paper abstracts are available by clicking here.

HBS Christopher Monk Awards Presented


(Above: Rainer Egger receives the 2011 HBS Monk Award)


(Above: Kenneth Kreitner receives the 2012 Monk Award)

8/6 The HBS Christopher Monk Awards for the past two years were announced and presented on July 15th in New York City at the HBS Symposium.

The Monk Award for 2011 was presented to instrument maker Rainer Egger. A plaque, inscribed with the wording; “For his contributions as an early brass instrument maker and his research and collaborations with performers to help reawaken the sounds of early music”, was presented by HBS President Jeffrey Nussbaum along with trumpeter Friedemann Immer. Immer recounted a number of his past experiences working with Egger and the dedication in which he works. Rainer Egger gave a brief speech in German which Immer translated in which he called for a collaborative conference involving brass instrument makers to explore the many issues facing our community in terms of producing fine instruments.

The 2012 Christopher Monk Award was presented to Kenneth Kreitner. Keith Polk presented the Award with a plaque which read, “To Kenneth Kreitner For his support of early brass music and his scholarly research ranging from the brass bands in American small towns to the wind bands of Renaissance Spain.” Keith Polk outlined many of the fine scholarly contributions that Kreitner has made as well as his activities as an important leader in the scholarly community. Ken Kreitner gave some brief remarks expressing his gratitude to be recognized for his work.

Tuba Thefts

2/13 - The New York Times has reported on a rash of tuba thefts in California. Locks have been picked, doors unhinged, and lockers smashed but not a single computer or any other high priced bit of equipment has been stolen, only tubas! Trumpets, flutes, and violas (well, of course violas) remained safely in place. School music teachers have attributed the tuba raids to the growing popularity of banda, a traditional Mexican music form in which tubas play a dominant role. No arrests have been made. For the full story, click here.

Publication Announcement: Trumpets and Other High Brass

2/13 - First volume of a new series just published: 

Trumpets and Other High Brass: A History Inspired by the Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection, by Sabine Katharina Klaus

Trumpets and Other High Brass is a series in five volumes, illustrated with instruments from the Utley Collection at the National Music Museum, and in other major collections. It is informed by the most recent scholarship and latest imaging technologies, and will comprise a comprehensive history of the trumpet and related instruments, along with a complete photographic catalog of the Utley Collection.

Volume 1: Instruments of the Single Harmonic Series

This volume traces the development of high brass instruments without valves or keys from antiquity through the 20th-century Baroque trumpet revival. It covers ethnic instruments from many cultures, the emergence of the trumpet in Europe and dominant designs of the 16th through 18th centuries. The inclusion of military and signal trumpets, bugles, and such oddities as bicycle bugles and walking-stick trumpets enhances an already rich survey.

Hardcover, 358 pages, 8½ x 11", approximately 1000 illustrations, more than 800 in full color.
Includes DVD with musical examples performed on instruments from the Utley Collection.

ISBN: 978-0-9848269-0-2 (book) and ISBN: 0984826904 (DVD), $ 120.00 US

National Music Museum, University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069

Maurice André 1933-2012

Maurice André, the most influential trumpet soloist of his generation, passed away on February 25th, 2012 in Bayonne, in southwest France. Born on May 21, 1933 near Alés, in the south of France, he came from humble beginnings. He worked in the coal mines at the age of 14 for four years and learned to play the cornet as a child. He was encouraged to study at the Paris Conservatoire, but his family could not afford to send him. Learning that members of military bands received free tuition, he joined the Eighth Regiment Band. André eventually graduated from the Conservatoire and, after playing trumpet in a number of French orchestras, embarked on a career as a trumpet soloist. From 1967-1978 he was the trumpet professor at the Conservatoire. An enthusiastic supporter of the piccolo trumpet, he specialized in Baroque repertoire, playing numerous transcriptions of violin and oboe concerti. He also commissioned a number of contemporary trumpet solo works including music by Jolivet, Romasi and Langlais. In the 1960 he recorded extensively, almost single-handedly elevating the status of the trumpet to that of a solo instrument in the public’s eye. Maurice André was a brilliant musician with a masterful technique and beautiful lyrical quality who inspired generations of trumpeters.

2012 International Historic Brass Symposium

9/20 - 2012 HBS Symposium in New York

Schedule, Program, and Abstracts for the Symposium (updated 4/3/12)

You may remember the Symposium that the Historic Brass Society presented at Amherst College in 1995. It was the largest and most important gathering of early brass performers, scholars, collectors, and enthusiasts ever assembled. This coming summer, on July 12-15, 2012, in New York City, the HBS will present the 2nd International Historic Brass Symposium: Repertoire, Performance, and Culture. This event looks to be as great as, and possibly surpass, the 1995 symposium in size and scope. You will see the names of the most distinguished personalities in the brass field in the list of participants below.

The Symposium will take place at the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program on 55 West 13th street in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village section (Thursday, Saturday, Sunday), a full day (Friday) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (82nd Street and Fifth Avenue) and a Friday evening concert and social event will take place at the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, a few blocks from the Museum.

Symposium Housing
Participants in the upcoming HBS Symposium in New York (July 12-15, 2012) who wish to stay in the New School dorms must print, fill out and mail to the New School a PDF application together with full payment. There are a limited number of dorm rooms available so it is advised to secure your space ASAP.

The Symposium will consist of formal concerts, lectures on a wide range of topics from Antiquity through to the jazz age, round-table discussion sessions, interview sessions, informal playing sessions for all instruments, and a social event. Brass instrument makers will have displays of their instruments. An auction is planned. A special panel is planed to discuss the state of the brass community including performance practice, pedagogy, and scholarship. The Symposium will offer a rare chance to meet and interact with like-minded brass musicians.

Symposium Program Committee
Stewart Carter, Trevor Herbert, Jeff Nussbaum, Keith Polk

To register, please use the Symposium Registration Form (linked here). Please print the Registration Form and mail with Payment to: HBS 148 West 23rd Street #5F New York, NY 10011 USA. In addition to payment by check, the HBS, can accept payment through PayPal. If you plan on staying in the New School dorm, you must send an additional form and seperate payment to them directly.

2012 Clifford Bevan Award Call for Nominations

The 2012 Clifford Bevan Award for Excellence in Research

Call for Nominations

The International Tuba Euphonium Association established the Clifford Bevan Award for Excellence in Research to foster excellence and to encourage the highest level of research pertaining to the tuba, euphonium, and/or related instruments. Low-brass scholarship genres represent research on contemporary and historical topics related to acoustics, composition, theory, scoring, organology, and pedagogy and may include methodologies of oral history, biographical and ethnographic, historical, quantitative, statistical, and survey research.

The Bevan Award is presented at the biennial International Tuba Euphonium Conference in conjunction with the presentations of the Harvey G. Phillips Award for Composition and the Roger Bobo Award for Recording. The recipient of the Bevan Award receives a $500 stipend and an excerpt of the research is published in the ITEA Journal.

Click here for the 2012 ITEA Bevan Award Forms
For more information, send queries to
Craig Kridel, Coordinator, 2012 ITEA Bevan Research Award Committee,
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The Roger Bobo, Harvey G. Phillips, and Clifford Bevan Awards were established by ITEA to foster, encourage, and recognize excellence in the fields of recording, composition, and research. These awards recognize the very best artists, composers, and researchers who have produced work of the highest distinction and are indeed given to those whose work illustrates the highest level of artistry and scholarship, regardless of popularity or other factors.

HBS to Have Session at IMS Congress

1/23 - The HBS will have a half-day session at the International Musicological Society Congress in Rome on July 7th. Having participated with HBS Sessions in London (1997), Leuven (2002), and Zurich (2007) we are now pleased to join the IMS for the 4th time in the "Eternal City," Rome. The HBS session "The Trumpet and the Culture of Power" looks to be a great contribution to the Congress and will include: Trevor Herbert (The Trumpeter as Power Negotiator in England in the 16th Century), John Wallace (Innovative virtuosity as a Messenger of Power in the Millennial Trumpet), Joe Kaminsky (Asante Ivory Trumpets in the Pre-Colonial Military Religious Rites of Ghana), and Thomas Perchard (Jazz Trumpet and the Semiotics of Vulnerability). The session will be chaired by Renato Meucci.

Barry Baugess Workshops

2/14 - Baroque trumpeter Barry Bauguess will be presenting workshops in May and July at Oberlin Conservatory and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Click on the respecive school for more details.

Make a Natural Trumpet with Cambridge Woodwind Makers

3/28 - The Cambridge Woodwind Makers are delighted to be presenting the opportunity for you to make your own Natural Trumpet with expert craftsmen Robert Barclay, Richard Seraphinoff & Michael Münkwitz.

This five-day course begins on the 28th May and we recommend you book your place immediately to avoid disappointment. This highly acclaimed course has been run successfully in Germany and the US and those who attend will make their own copy of a Hans Hainlein Long trumpet from sheet brass, using the tools and techniques used by 17th Century makers. The course is suitable for adults, students, musicians and craftspeople of all abilities.

The course is offered through Cambridge Woodwind Makers a new charity dedicated to the preservation and promotion of woodwind instrument making through participation. They are based in the serene setting of the Champion Workshop, Bury Farm, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP.

For further information please see our website: or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Maryland Early Brass Festival

2/14 - The Maryland Early Brass Festival will take place at Goucher College on Saturday February 25th. The event will feature Baroque trumpet soloist Josh Cohen who will perform and give a masterclass. Festival Director, Elisa Koehler will present a lecture/demonstration on the evolution of the piccolo trumpet. There will be a showing of instruments, and performances. For more information:

Natural Horn Workshop

3/5 - Rick Seraphinoff will be directing his annual Natural Horn Workshop on Jun 11-16, 2012 at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington IN. The program will include daily master classes, ensemble sessions, and lectures. Info:

East Coast Band Conference

2/29 - The 3rd Annual East Coast Band Conference devoted to Band History and Research will be held on 14 April 2012 at Rider University. The Conference focuses on the history and influences of both American and European Bands and Composers. Attendees are welcome to give a research presentation or talk about some aspect of military or concert band history or repertoire (please contact the organizers by 1 April). For more information visit

Brass Symposium Full Program

4/3 - We've posted the full program and schedule for the July Brass Symposium. For registration and other information, please see the events page.

HBS Symposium Registration Closed

5/30 - Because of the unprecedented large registration turnout for the upcoming HBS Symposium this July in New York, we have now exceeded all expectations and must unfortunately close further registration. We simply have more participants than the size of the venues can accommodate. If you are in New York during this time the one part of the Symposium that could accommodate more people will be the Friday evening concert and social event at St. Luke's Church. If you have not as registered for the Symposium and would like to attend that Friday evening event, please let us know. The cost will be $15.

We apologize for any disappointment the closing of further registration may cause but there is simply no more room. Next year the Early Brass Festival will once again join forces in Northfiled, MN with the Vintage Band Festival on the weekend of August 2-4, 2013. We hope you can join us then.

2011 News Archive

Serpent Colloquia

10/17/11 - Douglas Yeo has completed a Report on “Le Serpent sans Sornettes,” a conference held in Paris, 6-7 October 2011. The program is available as well.

Horn Lessons in Brooklyn

9/29 - An article by Joseph Berger in the Sept. 29th issue of the NY Times claims that in his corner of the Hasidic neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Meisner has achieved the status of Louis Armstrong but it's not the trumpet but as a teacher of the shofar that has made him a star. It's the busy season for Rabi Meisner as the Jewish High Holidays approach and scores of people seek him out for lessons on how to blow the shofar. The description of his teaching philosophy is reminiscent of some of the embouchure advise attributed to great trumpet teachers such as Adolf Herseth, emphasis on relaxation. Evidently, some things never change!

Frank Tomes (1936-2011)

9/20 - Francis James Tomes (1936-2011)

Frank Tomes was born in South Wimbledon, London on 16 August 1936. After leaving school at the age of 15, Frank started his first employment as an apprentice in a workshop in London making parts for model boats, the sort that find themselves exhibited in museums. With this experience behind him he then joined the world famous Morris Singer foundry, amongst many other things, they had made the four huge bronze lions in London’s Trafalgar Square. Here Frank began learning his skills casting bronze sculptures for people as famous as Reg Butler and Barbara Hepworth. In 1954 Frank enrolled as a Foundation Stage student at the Wimbledon School of Art. His enthusiasm and work impressed both his peers and his teachers. Enrolment in the Royal Academy Schools was the next of Frank’s adventures. Here, he studied for a degree in Fine Art and Sculpture. Later, he returned to work at Wimbledon School of Art as a technician in the sculpture department, where he worked for 40 years. Whilst a student at the Royal Academy Schools, Frank began playing the banjo with a jazz group that had been formed at the school. The banjo player, extended himself, and became also a player of the sousaphone. This cemented a life long love for brass instruments.

In 1964, as a sousaphone player, Frank joined the New Society Dance Orchestra. In 1968 he became a founder member of Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band. This bunch of wacky and eccentric musicians, gained a cult following. Frank and the Whoopees toured extensively and made many TV appearances, recordings and films in both the UK and on the European mainland. They played venues as diverse as London’s 100 Club, Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club, the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Opera House, playing on the same bill as groups such as The Who, Black Sabbath, Bob Dylan and Queen. One comic routine with the Whoopees involved the throwing of a rubber chicken into the bell of Frank’s sousaphone as he played a solo. On one occasion someone had the idea to surprise Frank by throwing a real chicken into the bell instead. Frank was knocked over backwards by the weight of the chicken but still stunned the audience by producing an egg from his mouth at the end of the solo.

During his musical career, Frank also played with The Sunday Band and the Mike Miller Swanee Four. In 1978, he married his wife Sue. Together they turned a run down old cottage in Merton Park into a beautiful and character filled home.

Frank was an inveterate and eclectic collector of beautiful things - books, candlesnuffers, clocks, mechanical toys, just to mention a few. One of the many delights of visiting Frank was the excitement he would show at the latest addition to one of his collections. The delight Frank showed in these old and beautiful things seemed to be crowned by his study of the craftsmanship of those that had fashioned them. He loved to share these things with others. A beautiful 16th century woodcut print depicting the Transylvanian Unicorn, complete with a detailed description of its diet, reproductive habits as well as the medicinal uses of its powdered horn, was a favorite to share.

Perhaps the most notable collection is the impressive one of early brass instruments that he amassed. In 1982, in order to be able to restore instruments within his collection, Frank undertook a course in brass instrument repair. Shortly afterwards he took over the brass work for Christopher Monk. This involved making sackbutts, serpent crooks, key work and anything else needed. This work inspired Frank to develop a range of early brass instruments of his own.

Frank produced an impressive total of 387 instruments from his Wimbledon workshop. They are to be found with professionals, amateurs, conservatoires and universities all over the world. His instruments have been, and continue to be heard in concerts and recordings internationally. Alto, tenor and bass sackbutts, the first “flatt” trumpets made to Talbots description, a copy of the fourteenth century “Billingsgate” trumpet, a copy of a trumpet by William Bull and a copy of one of the three 1746 Johann Leonhard Ehe “Bishops” trumpets from Nurnberg.
The legacy he leaves to the international Early Brass movement is notable.

Frank made his last instrument during 2010. As early as 2008 Frank had taken the decision to retire from instrument building. He wanted time to restore the old instruments in his collection and to be free to enjoy his home life, his beloved London and its varied arts world. He invited the writer to become his apprentice as an instrument maker, feeling that he wanted something of what he had built up to be carried on. As a result, the writer had the privilege of spending hundreds of hours learning from him. Frank’s level of skill and knowledge really was something to be held in awe and what he taught was given with the most exceptional care and humility.

After a battle against cancer, Frank left us on 27 July 2011. Frank Tomes was a man of genuine kindness, gentleness, generosity and great humour. He will be sadly missed.

-- David Staff

Serpent Colloquia

9/7 - The Institut de Recherche sur le Patrimoine Musical en France (CNRS) and the Musée de l'Armée will be hosting a Serpent Colloquia 6-7 October 2011 in Paris. For a list of featured presentations and concerts see and

Journal of the RMA Article on Trumpets

7/19 - The current volume of the Journal of the Royal Musical Association (Vol. 136/1) includes an article of interest to Brass Historians: "Defining the City ‘Trumpeter’: German Civic Identity and the Employment of Brass Instrumentalists, c.1500" by
Helen Green. The abstract is available by following this link.

Library of Congress "Jukebox"

7/14 - The Library of Congress has released 10,000 historic recordings, some in the public domain and some under license, all from the early-twentieth century. Many of these feature brass bands and soloists. A quick search indicated over 200 cornet solo recordings, about the same number of trombone recordings, and many band recordings of numerous styles. A search for "Arban" resulted in a recording of Bohumir Kryl playing the Carnival of Venice but he was listed as playing euphonium instead of cornet. Perhaps Kryl's famous pedal tones confused the librarian who listed that record entry.

To browse or search, click here.

[BP: my favorite so far is a crisp recording of Haydn's "Military" Symphony by Banda del Real Cuerpo de Guardias Alabarderos de Madrid from the Haydn centenary of 1909]

Cambridge Horn Day with the Tony Halstead Horn Ensemble

8/1 On Sunday 22 January 2012, from 9:3-6:00 Sawston Villiage College will host the "Cambridge Horn Day"

Tony Halstead joined by some of the UK's top Horn Players plus a rhythm section will perform a concert at 5:00 and will deliver what promises to be a truly exciting full-day experience including:

• Hear, meet and play with the Tony Halstead Horn Ensemble
• Various Ensembles for differing abilities
• Concerts by the Tony Halstead Horn Ensemble
• Trade Stands by 'Halstead Music' (Kent) and 'Wood, Wind & Reed'(Cambridge)
• Master classes and Demonstration Concerts
• End of Day Concert for family and friends

Venue: Sawston Village College, New Road, Sawston.Cambridgeshire CB22 3BP.UK
Ample free parking and excellent rehearsal and performance spaces within its new performing arts centre.

Fee: £45.

Anyone who plays the horn is invited - we welcome all players from school age to retirement and abilities from Grade 1 to Diploma and beyond. Free entry for any teacher with 3 or more students.

For further information cntact the ACE Foundation by calling 01223 499707 or by
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Call for Nominations: Thelen Dissertation Prize 2012

8/3 - IGEB (The International Society for the Promotion and Research of Wind Music) invites nominations for the 2012 Thelen Prize. Established to commemorate Fritz Thelen (1906–93), one of IGEB’s co-founders, the prize is awarded to the writer of an outstanding dissertation in the field of wind music research.

Nominations, including self-nominations, are invited for dissertations completed between 2009 and December 2011. Dissertations may be on any subject concerning wind music, in any language, from any country, worldwide.

In addition to a plaque, the winner will be invited to present a paper at the next meeting of the Society, to be held in Coimbra, Portugal, July 12-17, 2012. The dissertation will also be considered for publication in IGEB’s Reprints und Manuscripts or the Alta Musica series. The titles and abstracts of all submitted dissertations will be announced in the Mitteilungsblatt, the Society’s Newsletter.

Nominations should include the following:
      one paper copy
      digital file – .pdf file
      curriculum vita

Deadline: October 24, 2011

Send to: IGEB
c/o Doris Schweinzer
Leonhardstraße 15
A-8010 Graz
Email for more information or visit

Shofar Study Day

8/25 - Shofar blowers around the world will soon be teaching how to blow shofar, and gathering with other shofarists to practice, study, and learn from each other. This is the vision of a quartet of shofarists that has called for an International Day of Shofar Study beginning on the evening of Monday 29 August and continuing through Wednesday 31 August.

In Los Angeles, shofarists will gather Tuesday, August 30, 2011 to learn from each other, swap stories, and share tips for sounding shofar. The event is for ba-alei tekiah (shofar master blasters) who seek to take their shofar experience to a higher level. The event takes place from 7:00-9:00PM and is hosted by Shalom House (, 19740 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364. Attendance if free. Reservations are recommended and can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling Shalom House at 818-704-7100 or Chusid at 818-219-4937.

Other events are scheduled in San Francisco, New York City, Philadelphia, Northern New Jersey, Cincinnati, and the United Kingdom. More information and a full list of events are at

"Tutankhamun's Trumpets" in the News

4/17 - The BBC recently ran a story on the theft (and recovery) of an ancent Egyptian trumpet during the recent political unrest in that country. For the story, click here. Included is an old recording of both instruments being played (on random modern bugle calls).

Cecilia-Concert 17th c. Music Course (Bruce Dickey and Adam Woolf)

3/9 - Caecilia-Concert will be giving a 17th-century music course this summer (August 22-27, 2011) in conjunction with the Utrecht Early Music Festival. This course offers early music students, young professionals and advanced amateurs a rare opportunity to play 17th-century chamber music in this exciting combination of winds and strings coached by internationally-renowned performers. The course coincides with the Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival 2011, culminating in a concert as part of the festival. The participants will work in chamber music groups coached by members of the Caecilia-Concert (including Bruce Dickey on cornetto and Adam Woolf on Baroque trombone). The focus will be on ensemble playing in mean-tone, instrumental instruction, and 17th-century basso continuo playing on different keyboard and plucked instruments. In addition, there will be room for private lessons. For more information, see

Street Musicians Collective

2/22 - Trumpeter Reginald Conyers is looking to establish a collective of street musician brass players to perform a wide range of classical repertoire. His goal is to help bring back the art of busking and provide a vibrant source of performance opportunities. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Message from the HBS President


Dear Colleagues:

This past year was a productive one for the HBS. The 2010 HBS Journal is now out and I hope you enjoy the many fine articles in it. Once again the HBS presented our annual Early Brass Festival in Northfield, MN in collaboration with Paul Niemisto and the Vintage Band Festival. It was a fabulous success with many interesting lectures, fun playing sessions and performances by over 20 period instrument ensembles. Special thanks to Paul for his support.

The two most recent recipients of the HBS Christopher Monk Award has recently been announced. Jean-François Madeuf (2009) and Dan Morgenstern (2010) were given the Award and we offer them kudos and our sincere thanks for their work.

Many will remember the Symposium that the HBS presented in Amherst in 1995. It was the largest gathering of early brass performers, scholars, collectors, and currators ever assembled. Practically every major early brass musician was in attendance. The HBS will replicate that event in scale and scope with the planned 2nd International Historic

Brass Symposium: Repertoire, Performances and Culture, which will take place at the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program in New York City on Thursday July 12 –Sunday July 15, 2012. Once again, we anticipate the participation of all major early brass musicians. At this early stage, tentative participants include Bruce Dickey, Jean Tubery, Jeremy West, Jean-Pierre Canihac, Michael Collver, Jean-François Madeuf, Crispian Steele-Perkins, Edward Tarr, Friedemann Immer, Gabriele Cassone, Bob Civiletti, Ralph Dudgeon, Anneke Scott, Jeff Snedeker, Richard Seraphinoff, Daniel Lassalle, Sylvain Delvaux , Fabrice Millischer, Wim Becu, Adam Woolf, Benny Sluchin, Michel Godard, Volny Hostiou, Cliff Bevan, Kathryn Cok, Wouter Verschuren, Trevor Herbert, Keith Polk, Renato Meucci, Stew Carter, Howard Weiner, Arnold Myers, Herbert Heyde, and many more.

Due to various factors, the 2011 HBS Early Brass Festival scheduled to be held in Bloomington, IN has been cancelled. It was felt that the HBS resources would best be put toward organizing the above mentioned symposium in NYC in July 2012. The Barclay/Seraphinoff Natural Trumpet Making Workshop (Monday, August 1 – Friday August 5) will still take place.

If you have news of your musical activities, do send us a report for the newly revised and updated HBS website . Our webmaster Steve Lundahl and web editor Bryan Proksch have been working hard at maintaining the site, posting news items, articles, and music, recording, and book reviews.

Thanks for your continued support,

Jeffrey Nussbaum

President, Historic Brass Society

17th Century Music Lecture and Concert

3/29 - Robert V. Giglio, student of Historical Brass Performance (cornetto) and Musicology at the Purchase Conservatory of Music (Purchase, NY), will be giving a Lecture/Demonstration on the progression of the sonata as a Baroque genre. The evening will begin with a discussion of 17th Century Venice: Gabrieli's Generation, the Venetian Stil Moderno and the mysterious lives of Dario Castello and Giovanni Battista Fontana. The differentiation between transalpine and Italian composers of the late 17th/early 18th century will then be explored. The lecture will culminate in a discussion of the Bach violin sonatas. Music of the above composers will be performed by the Purchase Early Music Ensemble players.

The event will take place on Sunday April 17th at 8 PM at the Purchase Conservatory of Music, Purchase NY in the Conservatory's Recital Hall, and it is free of charge.

HBS Symposium in New York City, July 2012

2/21 - Many will remember the Symposium that the HBS presented in Amherst in 1995. It was the largest gathering of early brass performers, scholars, collectors, and currators ever assembled. Practically every major early brass musician was in attendance. The HBS will replicate that event in scale and scope with the planned 2nd International Historic Brass Symposium: Repertoire, Performances and Culture, which will take place at the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program in New York City on Thursday July 12 –Sunday July 15, 2012. Once again, we anticipate the participation of all major early brass musicians. At this early stage, tentative participants include Crispian Steele-Perkins, Edward Tarr, Friedemann Immer, Gabriele Cassone, Bruce Dickey, Jean Tubery, Jeremy West, Bob Civiletti, Ralph Dudgeon, Anneke Scott, Jean-Pierre Canihac, Michael Collver, Jean-François Madeuf, Jeff Snedeker, Richard Seraphinoff, Daniel Lassalle, Sylvain Delvaux , Fabrice Millischer, Wim Becu, Adam Woolf, Benny Sluchin, Michel Godard, Volny Hostiou, Cliff Bevan, Kathryn Cok, Wouter Verschuren, Trevor Herbert, Keith Polk, Renato Meucci, Stew Carter, Howard Weiner, Arnold Myers, Herbert Heyde, and many more. More information will follow.

2011 HBS Early Brass Festival and Conference

2/21 - 2011 EBF Cancelled.

As a result of low registration and other factors, the 2011 HBS Early Brass Festival scheduled to be held in Bloomington, IN has been cancelled. It was felt that the HBS resources would best be put toward organizing the International HBS Symposium in NYC to be held on Thursday July 12th - Sunday July 15th, 2012 (see above). The Barclay/Seraphinoff Natural Trumpet Making Workshop (Monday, August 1 – Friday August 5) will still take place.

Monk Award Recipients

1/17 - The HBS is happy to announce the reciepients of the 2009 and 2010 Christopher Monk Awards. 

The 2009 award went to Jean-François Madeuf for his significant contributions as a performer and teacher and his dedication to historically informed performance practice.

The 2010 award was presented to Dan Morgenstern for his life-long contributions to the study and appreciation of jazz, including a myriad of great brass players from Louis Armstrong to the present.

Those HBS members in good standing wishing to nominate someone for the 2011 award must do so by February 1, 2011. Please see the Christopher Monk Award for further information on the nominations procedure.

2010 News Archive

Harvey Phillips 1929-2010

10/20 - One of the great brass players and teachers, Harvey Phillips, died today. He retired as distinguished professor emeritus of the Department of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington after a long career as player, teacher, publisher and advocate. Starting with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Band, he was a member of many bands and orchestras, including the New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, Band of America, Goldman Band, U.S. Army Field Band, Symphony of the Air under Leopold Stokowski and Igor Stravinsky, the RCA Victor Orchestra, NBC Opera Orchestra, and the New York Brass Quintet. Often referred to as the "Paganini of the Tuba", he was also a world renowned solo artist, and his performances include two dozen Carnegie Hall (NYC) solo recitals, the first solo tuba recital at the Library of Congress, over two hundred clinic/recitals at colleges and universities throughout the world, with international tours of Japan, Australia, Scandinavia and Europe. He was  founder and president of the Harvey Phillips Foundation, Inc. which administers Octubafest, Tubachristmas, Tubasantas, Tubacompany, Tubajazz, etc.

American Brass Quintet Celebrates 50th Anniversary

10/19 - The American Brass Quintet, comprised of trumpeters Ted Weiss and Robert Henrich, trombonists Arnold Fromme and Gilbert Cohen and hornist Arthur Goldstein, gave their debut recital on December 11, 1960 at New York's 92nd Street Y. Fifty years later, this past October 15, 2010, the current incarnation of the ABQ presented an anniversary concert at New York's Alice Tully Hall. The current line-up  includes trumpeters Ray Mase and Kevin Cobb, trombonists Michael Powell and John Rojak and hornist David Wakefield presented a concert of 3 contemporary brass compositions by Joan Tower, Trevor Gureckis (NY Premiere), and David Sampson (New York Premiere) as well as a number of early Baroque pieces. They ended the performance with a glorious reading of Gabrieli's Sonata XX, assisted by 15 outstanding Juilliard brass students. While not the first ensemble of its kind, other groups organized in the 1950s including the New York Brass Quintet, the ABQ was important in helping to popularize much Renaissance and Baroque repertoire that would become the staple of cornett and sackbut ensembles and other early music groups.

Wilhelm Bruns New Recordings

9/24 - Wilhelm Bruns announces the release of his new recording of Haydn's Concertos 1 and 2 and Symphony No. 31 on natural horn under the Profil label. The recordings were made during the 2009 Haydn-Year celebrations. The HBS will be reviewing the CD in the near future.

Anneka Scott (Natural Horn) Recipient of Finzi Scholarship 2010

9/23 - In January 2010 the natural horn player Anneke Scott was awarded a prestigious Finzi Travel Scholarship to undertake performance-­based research into the composer and horn player Jacques‐François Gallay. The scholarship will fund a month in Paris where Anneke will have the opportunity to focus specifically on Gallay’s "Douze Grands Caprices" – a set of unaccompanied pieces for horn written in the 1840s, in a very similar style
to the famous Paganini Caprices for solo violin – in preparation for the recording of the Caprices that Anneke will be making in November 2010. This will be the first time the set of highly virtuosic compositions has been recorded in its entirety on natural horn.

For more information see and

Die Deutsche Posaune - ein Leipziger Welterfolg

8/26 - The Museum für Musikinstrumente der Universität Leipzig will be featuring an exhibit entitled "The German Trombone" from Sep. 4, 2010 through July 29, 2011. More details are available on-line at

2010 Early Brass Festival News

8/11 - The Early Brass Festival in Northfield was a great success! Thanks to all who participated in making it an enjoyable and informative time for all. Plans are already underway for the 2011 EBF in Bloomington, Indiana. We are anticipating one or two significant keynote speakers/masterclasses and an interesting variety of scholarly papers and playing sessions. The weekend will also dovetail into the Barclay/Seraphinoff trumpet building class to save on travel expenses; those wishing to build an instrument are encouraged to register early as space is limited. Hope to see you there!

Information Request

8/11 - John Gilligan is seeking any information on V .Caussinus (1806-1900) or his music. He was a member of the Conservatoire of Paris and wrote several instructive works, among them a method for the cornet. Please email him if you can be of help!

Band Music of Amilcare Ponchielli

7/24 - Henry Howey writes that he has posted 21 marches and four concert works by Amilcare Ponchielli for band in PDF, MP3, and MusicXML. Also, a funeral march for Manzoni and the Sulla Tomba di Garibaldi are included. He has also provided modern band transcriptions in parts. They have been prepared in celebration of the Sesquicentennial of the Italian Risorgimento (1861-2011). Visit for further information.

ACor - Conference and Publications

7/23 - ACor, the French association for horn, has announced the publication of a number of historic works for horn; click here to view. Their annual congress will be held November 19-21 in Orleans; for more information click here.

New Performances on McCann Cornetto Website

6/13 - Michael Collver has recently recorded Bismantova's Preludio on the new model of John McCann's cornetto in 440 on McCann's website  Also on the McCann website are performances by Fiona Russell, William Dongois, and Hans-Jacob Bollinger. (click "audio-visual" section).

New Grove Request

4/28 - Oxford University Press intends to publish a second, revised and expanded edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, originally issued in 1984. Reflecting advances in scholarship during the past quarter-century, the second edition will encompass a greater range of subjects in more detail, thus serving a larger community of readers worldwide.

Your assistance is invited in enhancing the usefulness, accuracy, and diversity of articles in the forthcoming GMDI, which will appear both in print and incorporated into Grove Music Online.  Notice of errors and omissions in the previous edition and its derivatives, bibliographic updates, and suggestions for improvement especially in coverage of non-European and electronic instruments, can be e-mailed to the Editor-in-Chief at the address below.  All recommendations will be considered in planning new articles and revisions.

As a cooperative enterprise of encyclopedic scope, the GDMI second edition aims to represent the current state of instrument studies as comprehensively as possible while also preparing a platform for future expansion.  Timely advice from musicians and music historians, instrument makers and collectors, ethnomusicologists, organologists, teachers and students, and specialists in related fields is earnestly solicited.

Laurence Libin, Editor in Chief, Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Journal of Band Research on CD-ROM

4/15 - The American Bandmasters Association is offering a CD-ROM of the complete back issues of the Journal of Band Research from 1964-2005. There are 81 issues in full text format with an index of articles included. The price is $30 including shipping for the USA and Canada and $35 for other countries.

Contact: John Locke, Editor, Journal of Band Research, UNCG School of Music PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170 USA Indicate JBR CD-ROM on the check or Call 1-800-999-2869 for Visa or MasterCard purchase.

Acoustics Conference

4/14 - The HBS is co-sponsoring a conference on musical acoustics which is being presented by the Institute of Musical Acoustics (Wiener Klangstill) in Vienna on Sept 19-21, 2010. A number of other organizations are involved including the American Musical Instrument Society.

Thelen Prize 2010

3/25 - The Fritz-Thelen-Prize 2010 of the International Society for the Promotion and Research of Wind Music (IGEB) has been awarded to Patrick Hennessey for his work on Henry Berger, the "Father" of Hawaiian Music. The prize commemorates one of the cofounders of IGEB, Fritz-Thelen, and is presented for the writing of an outstanding dissertation in the field of wind music research. Hennessey will speak at the 19th IGEB-conference in Oberschützen, Austria this year.

26th Annual HBS Early Brass Festival

2/10 - The 26th Annual HBS Early Brass Festival will be held this coming August 5 -8, 2010 in Northfield, MN, in collaboration with the 2nd Vintage Band Festival. The Vintage Band Festival will host various ensembles. Paul Niemisto has lined up over 20 period instrument groups that will perform. In addition to those activities, the EBF will present the usual array of lectures, performances, and informal playing sessions for all early brass instrument; natural trumpet, natural horn, cornett, sackbut, serpent, and 19th century brass. A special pre-EBF excursion will be organized to visit the National Music Museum in Vermillion, SD. Many participants will be staying at the Archer House in Northfield, where special festival prices have been arranged. Dormatory space at Carleton College has also been reserved ($30/night double; $45/night single).

6/13 - UPDATE:

An updated conference registration form has been posted for the registration fees and the dorm costs. If you've already mailed in the older form, no problem. If you wish to reserve a dorm, please use this new form.

6/24 - UPDATE:

The schedule for the EBF has been set and is available here. The VBF schedule and abstracts are also attached.

Natural Horn Workshop

2/17 - Rick Seraphinoff will be directing his annual Natural Horn Workshop this coming June 14-19, 2010 at the Jacobs School Of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. This is a workshop for professionals, students, steachers, and advanced amateurs interested in the natural horn. The program includes daily master classes, ensemble sessions, and lectures. For those who do not own an instrument, a limited number of horns will be available. The registration deadline is May 14, 2010. For further information go to or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trumpet Forum 14th July 2009 at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

2/17 - On 14 July 2009, BRaSS (Brass Research and Scholarship in Scotland) hosted a Trumpet Forum at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow with lectures and concerts exploring different aspects of the trumpet.

BRaSS is a group of researchers and performers gathered around John Wallace, Principal of the Academy. Its idea is to bring together the various strands of brass scholarship and performing activities to stimulate interaction between performance and historical research at the Academy. Organized by Verena Jakobsen Barth, the Trumpet Forum focused on the many facets of the trumpet. It brought together researchers and performers in a program of paper sessions and performances that gave a myriad of insights, including historical aspects, organological considerations, contemporary and historical performance practices.

Following a welcome by John Wallace, the keynote speaker Trevor Herbert, presented his talk “The Trumpet: The Unanswered Questions”, in which he gave an overview of the state of research into the trumpet as well as an outlook into the future. Invited guest Reine Dahlqvist from Gothenburg talked about the Regent’s Bugle and other English slide trumpets, and in a later presentation, about the trumpet as a solo instrument in Vienna from 1660 to 1830. Three members of BRaSS gave papers: Verena Jakobsen Barth, talked about soloist profiles, Ph.D. student Rui Pedro De Oliveira Alves, about the trombone in Portugal and the Charamela Real, and Sandy McGrattan on the 'Bach' trumpet in 19th-century Britain. Professor Arnold Myers, who came over from Edinburgh, gave an insight into considerations about the identity and convergence of the trumpet and the cornet, and PhD student Raymond Burkhart from Los Angeles gave an overview of cornet and trumpet quartets in the United States from ca. 1885 to ca. 1935. Mike Diprose demonstrated the natural trumpet’s practical assimilation into current Historically Informed Performance (HIP) and John Wallace and Sandy McGrattan gave an insight into their forthcoming book about the History of the Trumpet (“From Jericho to Jazz”). Special guest John Webb finished the sessions by talking about signaling brass, demonstrating with items from his collection.

During lunch and coffee brakes the participants could enjoy Tom Poulson playing “Four Maries”, a newly composed solo piece by Michael Bennett.
The highly successful day ended with a reception and conference dinner, to the sound of 19th-century brass chamber music performed on period instruments by Academy brass students, joined by Bryan Allan (head of brass) and John Wallace.

- Verena Barth

Cornetto Symposium Report by Howard Weiner

2/10 - The Michaelstein Monastery Foundation in Blankenburg/Harz, Germany, hosted the 30th Music Instrument Building Symposium from 23–25 October 2009. This year’s theme was “The Cornett – History, Instruments and Construction.” Academics, musicians, and instrument makers from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, the UK, and the USA presented papers on numerous aspects of the cornett as well as on the second focus of the symposium, which was not mentioned in its title: the serpent.

Howard Weiner has completed his Report on the 30th Music Instrument Building Symposium in Blankenburg/Harz, which includes a synopsis of the activities, performance, and papers given.

New Sackbut Method Book

1/21 - The new year has seen the publication of Sackbut Solutions: A Practical Guide to Playing the Sackbut. This tutor was designed specifically for the sackbut and written by top European player Adam Woolf. The book, which boasts over 200 pages of advice, exercises, studies and solo and ensemble repertoire, is the fruit of many years of teaching and playing the sackbut at the highest level. It also refers throughout to historical sources. With something for players of any level and the aim to inspire and encourage players everywhere, Sackbut Solutions caters for those coming from the modern trombone, as well as those starting out on the sackbut afresh, addressing stylistic and technical issues including: concept of sound, articulation, ornamentation, tuning and pitch. Sackbut Solutions is available now by following this link:

2009 News Archive

Call for Papers

Making the British Sound - Instrumental Music and British Traditions
Sponsored Jointly by the Galpin Society and the Historic Brass Society
London - Edinburgh
July 7-11, 2009
Further Details (Galpin Society website)

Updated Booking Form!

Bryan Proksch New HBS Newsletter Editor

4/28/09 - Mike O'Connor, our longtime HBS e-news/newsletter editor, has stepped down after several years of good and much appreciated service. We thank him! Bryan Proksch has been appointed as the new HBS E-news/newsletter editor in his place. Bryan, a musicologist by trade, is assistant professor of music at McNeese State University. His work in brass history includes several editions with Editions BIM (Cerclier, Snow and others), articles in the ITG Journal (on Snow and Kennan), and an article on Dauverne and Kresser in the next issue of the HBS Journal. He also edits the "repertoire column" for the Trumpet Guild. Those wishing to submit news items for the HBS website can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or continue to submit to Jeff via email.

CIMCIM Conference

The Historic Brass Society will present a day-long session on Friday September 11, 2009 in Rome at the CIMCIM week-long conference. The HBS session is headed and organized by Sabine Klaus and will involve two parts:

First Part: Innovation and new technologies in the study, cataloguing and display of brass musical instruments

  • Louise Bacon
  • Eugenia Mitroulia
  • Arnold Myers
  • Gregor Widholm

Second Part: Free topics

  • Stewart Carter
  • Herbert Heyde
  • Bruno Kampmann
  • Renato Meucci

The HBS session will be held in the Parco della Musica Auditorium of the Musical Instrument Museum of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.

Details of the session will be posted at a later date. The full CIMCIM (International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums and Collections) conference will be held in Florence and Rome from September 7-11, 2009. There will also be pre-conference activities in Milan on September 5-6 and post conference activities in Naples on September 13-14. The conference will deal with all aspects of musical instruments including history, organology, and iconography. The home page of the 2009 meeting with the preliminary program is now online here

5/27 - Inexpensive rooms are still available at the Hotel Colorado in Florence and the Hotel Santa Prassede in Rome.

American Bach Soloists Academy

11/4 - The American Bach Soloists will inaugurate North America's newest annual professional training program in Historically informed Performance Practice. The new Academy will offer advanced conservatory-level students and emerging professionals opportunites to study and perform Baroque muisc during a two week session (July 5-18, 2010) at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Trumpeter John Thiessen will be the brass player on the faculty. More information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Johann Friedrich Anderst Instrument Exhibition

5/25 - Those who heard Paul Niemisto's talk about the rather mysterious instrument designs of the maker J.F. Anderst will be interested to know of a special exhibition of his brass instruments at the Kuopio Cultural History Museum in Finland. Accompanying the largest known collection of these instruments is a special exhibiton booklet with a detailed article by Niemisto. Information:

RSAMD Hosts Inaugural Trumpet Forum

6/15 - The National Centre for Research in the Performing Arts at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama is hosting the first Trumpet Forum on 14th July 2009. Experts from all over the UK will gather in Glasgow for this specialist conference on the trumpet, its music and its history.

Professor John Wallace, Principal of the Academy and internationally renowned trumpeter, will introduce the conference and Professor Trevor Herbert, of The Open University, will be the keynote speaker. Special guest John Webb will be bringing 19th century instruments from his personal collection, which will be heard in performance.

Delegates to the Forum will explore the many dimensions of the trumpet including historical aspects, organological considerations, contemporary performance practices and the collaborative links the instrument has had, and continues to have, with composers.

Click here for more information.

Fred Benkovic (1924-2009)


6/17 - On June 7, 2009 Fred Benkovic died following problems lingering from a fall some three months earlier.  He was 85 years old.

Fred began collecting band instruments while he was serving in the Army during WWII.  At that time there were few others interested in these historical artifacts.  Although his primary focus was always band instruments of the Civil War era, his collecting interests stretched from early primitive brass through instruments of WWI.  Also, centering on the mid-nineteenth century, he gathered together uniforms and accouterments, images, bugles, fifes and weapons.  His place in the collection, restoration and manufacture of reproduction rope tension drums is perhaps best described by George Carroll in his most recent book: “Fred is a master craftsman; the first to restore and to manufacture copies of period drums accurately”.  And, he was a diligent researcher early on, assembling lists of manufacturers, documenting the history of individual instruments and searching out period band music.

Fred assembled perhaps the most significant private collection of these historic instruments.  All publications listing 19th century instruments include examples from the Benkovic Collection.  I suspect that every band that portrays the 19th century is using instruments that were, at one time, a part of the Benkovic collection.
Fred was an artist.  His professional career was as a graphic artist for Pabst Brewing in Milwaukee.  Fred's professional skills as an artist / illustrator enabled him to restore and replicate the identifying decorations on many historic drums.  His artistic sensibilities and his attention to construction details enabled him to replicate missing elements of historic wind and percussion instruments.  His artistic talent is on display in all of the print material he generated for the 1st Brigade Band including LP recording jackets.

Fred’s national and international presence as a collector was balanced by his impact on music in Milwaukee and the mid-West.  He was an extraordinary man who made significant contributions to a variety of musical organizations, especially those with a connection to U. S. history.  In 1963 Fred gathered some of his instruments, some music from the Civil War era and some local musicians and began to perform.  In 1964 he was invited to assemble a band to participate in a centennial re-enactment of Grant's return to Galena.  That performance led to the foundation of the 1st Brigade Band and Heritage Military Music Foundation.  Not content with one band in one historical period, Fred participated in the organization of the 4th Continental Band Of Music, a Revolutionary War era portrayal.  Fred took leave from the 1st Brigade Band in the mid 1970s.  He then formed a WWI dough boy band that presented concerts and participated in parades.  Finally Fred organized, and participated in, the Command Performance Band, a portrayal of a WWII dance band, in which he played trombone and which continues as an active musical organization.

Fred was an active musician participating in Milwaukee civic musical organizations and, until recently, was an active bugler at military burials.

Finally, as many collectors and living historian across this country will attest, Fred was a mentor and friend, always ready with information and advice.

-- Dan Woolpert 

Thelen Prize for Wind Music Dissertation

6/15 - IGEB announces for 2010 the 5th Thelen-Prize for dissertations in the field of wind music research. All interested people with dissertations accepted since 2007 are allowed to participate. Deadline October 23, 2009.

Participation is open to all dissertations in the field of wind music research, in every language, from every country, worldwide. The winner presents a paper at the IGEB conference 2010 in Oberschützen, Austria. The dissertation will be published by IGEB. For consideration, send CV and copy (pdf) of dissertation by October 23, 2009 to: Internationale Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Förderung der Blasmusik (IGEB), z. H. Doris Schweinzer, Leonhardstraße 15, A-8010 Graz, Austria.

Cornetto Conference

5/23 - The Stiftung Kloster Michaelstein in Germany will be hosting a conference on different aspects of the cornetto and also the serpent on October 23-25, 2009. We will discuss the construction, varities, playing technique, development, repertoire, restoration, copy, and the acoustics of this instrument.

Upcoming Historic Brass Society Events

The Historic Brass Society will present a day-long session on Friday September 11, 2009 in Rome at the CIMCIM week-long conference. The HBS session is headed and organized by Sabine Klaus and will involve two parts:

First Part: Innovation and new technologies in the study, cataloguing and display of brass musical instruments

  • Louise Bacon
  • Eugenia Mitroulia
  • Arnold Myers
  • Gregor Widholm

Second Part: Free topics

  • Stewart Carter
  • Herbert Heyde
  • Bruno Kampmann
  • Renato Meucci

The HBS session will be held in the Parco della Musica Auditorium of the Musical Instrument Museum of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.

Details of the session will be posted at a later date. The full CIMCIM (International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums and Collections) conference will be held in Florence and Rome from September 7-11, 2009. There will also be pre-conference activities in Milan on September 5-6 and post conference activities in Naples on September 13-14. The conference will deal with all aspects of musical instruments including history, organology, and iconography. The home page of the 2009 meeting with the preliminary program is now online here
Further Details - Nov. 2008

New York Times Article on the Trombone

6/23 - In an article in the June 23, 2009 issue of the NY Times, Anthony Tommasini wrote about a performance of "Orbits" (1979)  by Henry Brant scored for soprano, organ and 89 trombones. The piece was given two performances on June 21st at New York's Guggenheim Museum. One could imagine the composer, who died in 2007 at age 94, being thrilled with the sight and sound of the 89 trombonists lined up on the famous Guggenheim spiraling structure. Brant regarded space as the fourth dimension of music, along with pitch, time and timbre. According to Tommasini this piece is one of the most mesmerizing and eclectic musical works ever written. It must have been a great day for a sizable fraction of New York's trombonists.

HBS Hosts Half-Day Session at Annual CIMCIM Meeting in Italy

9/28/09 - This year’s annual meeting of the International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums and Collections (short CIMCIM for Comité International des Musées et Collections d'Instruments de Musique) was a week-long event in three beautiful Italian cities: Florence, Rome, and Naples. Well over one hundred participants (museum curators and conservators, private collectors, instrument makers, and scholars) from around the world flocked to this event for inspiring conversations, museum visits, concerts, and lectures, as well as to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary.

Gabriele Rossi Rognoni, the main organizer and coordinator of the event, had kindly invited three related organizations to participate: AMIS (the American Musical Instrument Society), the Galpin Society (the British Musical Instrument Society), and the Historic Brass Society. Each of these societies arranged special paper sessions on two days of the conference in the new venues of the Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia in Rome.

The HBS session, coordinated by Sabine Klaus, took place in the afternoon of 11 September after a visit to the Vatican Museums. It consisted of two parts, the first reflected one of the meeting’s topics, “Innovation and New Technologies in the Study, Cataloguing and Display of Brass Musical Instruments,” the second comprised free papers with an emphasis on iconography.

Louise Bacon from the Horniman Museum in London discussed the fascinating non-destructive technology of “Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry” for determining the metal content of brass instruments. Gregor Widholm from the Institut für Wiener Klangstil in Vienna gave a report on the latest version of the Brass Instrument Analysis System (BIAS) that provides a means of acoustical testing. A student at the same institute, Hannes Vereecke, spoke about the use of laser scanners and three-dimensional CAD/CAM software to recreate a historical brass instrument to an accuracy of up to 0.01 mm. Arnold Myers and Eugenia Mitroulia from the University of Edinburgh explained their method of measuring brass instruments for the purpose of taxonomy, and they offered a hands-on course on how to make physical measurements on the following day.

The second part was particularly well attended as it featured three Christopher Monk Award laureates, Renato Meucci, Stewart Carter, and Herbert Heyde, all presenting new iconographical evidence on the early history of the trumpet and the trombone, and each providing enthralling insights into little-known documents and new interpretations of materials from the 13th through the 17th century. The afternoon concluded with a report on methods for distinguishing between instruments made by Adolphe Sax and his son Adolphe Edouard presented by Bruno Kampmann and Eugenia Mitroulia. During the coffee break attendees had the opportunity to inform themselves about a recent discovery of a trumpet mouthpiece fragment from the late 16th or early 17th century excavated at Jamestown Island in Virginia in a poster prepared by Stewart Carter and Sabine Klaus.

For brass enthusiasts, the excursions to Italian musical instrument collections were most enlightening. At the Museo degli strumenti in Rome we had the chance to inspect a rare crescent-shaped horn by the little known Nuremberg maker Georg Barth from the 1680s, a maker by whom no trumpets survive as he was not a master and thus limited to the making of smaller items such as hunting horns. The vast storage area of this museum, which was opened for the conference participants, contains numerous fancifully-shaped brass instruments that were used in festive parades until the 19th century, and illustrate a long-lasting tradition described by Herbert Heyde in his lecture. The highlight was undoubtedly the visit to the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli during the post-conference excursion to Naples. This museum houses two almost complete Roman cornua excavated in nearby Pompeii that were used to open gladiator games.

It was important for the Historic Brass Society to be represented at this outstanding conference and to mingle with the international fraternity of musical instrument specialists. Our wholehearted thanks go to Gabriele Rossi Rognoni, Annalisa Bini, Laura Bognetti, Franca Falletti, Renato Meucci and their team of helpers who made this memorable event possible.

- Sabine K. Klaus

25th Annual Historic Brass Society Early Brass Festival, July 2009

7/29 - Jeff Nussbaum has completed his Report on the 25th Annual Historic Brass Society Early Brass Festival, New London, CT, July 2009.

Jazz Scholars to Present Research in The Louis Armstrong Symposium

11/2 - Jazz scholars will discuss the work and career of Louis Armstrong at the College of Staten Island.  

A number of notable jazz scholars will present their research on various facets of Louis Armstrong’s life and music at the College of Staten Island on Saturday, November 21 in the Center for the Arts Recital Hall (Building 1P, Room 120) from 9:00am to 5:00pm.  

The Louis Armstrong Symposium will feature a keynote address by Dan Morgenstern, jazz historian, author, editor, archivist, current Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies, and former chief editor of Down Beat magazine. The list of presenters includes Ricky Riccardi, Michael Cogswell, John Szwed, James Leach, William R. Bauer, and Jeffrey Taylor. In morning and afternoon sessions, each presenter will offer a distinct perspective on his subject. Each session will be followed by an open-ended panel discussion and question-and-answer session that will elaborate on themes that emerged during the talks. A conceptual jam session for jazz scholars, this format will give scholars and audience members alike a forum for in-depth discussion about Louis Armstrong’s musical and cultural legacy.  

The presenters will explore a range of topics. Ricky Riccardi, who is currently writing a book about Louis Armstrong’s later years, will use Armstrong’s renditions of “Back Home Again in Indiana!” to challenge the negative critical reception that the trumpeter often received during the latter part of his career. Michael Cogswell, Director of the Louis Armstrong House Museum and curator of the Louis Armstrong Archive at Queens College’s Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, will share and discuss samples from Armstrong’s vast collection of LPs and 78s. John Szwed, Professor of Music and Jazz Studies at Columbia University and John M. Musser Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, African American Studies, and Film Studies at Yale University, will explore Armstrong’s role in Orson Welles’s unfinished movie The Story of Jazz, and in other projects the filmmaker was undertaking in 1941.  James Leach, who teaches jazz history and theory at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, will focus on Armstrong’s vocal and instrumental renditions of the Hoagy Carmichael classic “Stardust” in order to set in relief Armstrong’s approach to singing and trumpet playing. William R. Bauer, from the College of Staten Island and CUNY Graduate Center faculties, will present research from his current book project, an investigation into the jazz vocal techniques that Armstrong used in his early recordings. Jeffrey Taylor, Director of the H. Wiley Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music and Professor of Music at Brooklyn College, who also teaches in the CUNY Graduate Center’s PhD Program in Music and its American Studies Certificate Program, will consider the impact of various pianists on Armstrong’s work during the trumpeter’s Chicago years in the 1920s. The scholarship presented at this symposium will both deepen and expand our understanding of this giant of 20th-century music.

The symposium is open to the public and admission is free of charge. However, due to limited seating capacity, advance reservation is strongly suggested. To make reservations and for more information, contact William R. Bauer at 718.982.2534. The Louis Armstrong Symposium is produced with funding from the CUNY Research Foundation, and with support from the College of Staten Island and the Center for the Arts.  

HBS Now on Facebook

7/29 - For those members on Facebook looking to connect with each other more directly (since the website doesn't have a blog/email server yet), I have created the "Historic Brass Society" group on Facebook. Membership in the group requires only that you are on Facebook and that I approve you as a group member (didn't want to leave it open to everyone so we wouldn't get spammed all the time). Once you are a member you'll be able to see other members, contact them, start discussions and treads, post news and videos, and all the other things that normal groups do on Facebook. You'll also be able to contact me directly with news, etc. for the HBS website.


Shofar/Trombone Concerto Premiered

11/16 - A concerto for Shofar, Trombone and Orchestra, Tekeeyah, by Meira Warshauer was premiered on October 24th with soloist Haim Avitsur and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra in Wilmington, N.C. The work is one of a growing number of contemporary compositions that call for the ancient instrument (see Malcolm Miller’s fine article “The Shofar and its Symbolism” in the Historic Brass Society Journal vol. 14, 2002). In a recent phone interview, Avistur, a trombone teacher at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY, explained that he can get about a dozen notes from his four foot shofar, E and C being the most stable and the others relatively unstable. Bending into the notes is the only way to produce them effectively. He further mentioned that the soloist’s responsibility is about equally shared between playing the trombone and the shofar. More information can be found

2009 Natural Horn Workshop

Rick Seraphinoff will be directing a natural horn workshop at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington on June 15-20, 2009. Activities will include master classes, ensemble sessions, lectures, private lessons and performances. Info:; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Phone: (812) 856-6064.

World's Biggest Cornetto!

4/24/09 - Roland Wilson sends us news of his latest creation, the "world's biggest" cornetto (bass at a= 440 lowest note G).  

Although Mersenne provides us with much information about  the bass cornett, there is  no actual surviving instrument at this pitch.  (Brussels 1225 is listed as a Bass but it is actually only a tone lower than a normal tenor) The bore was therefore scaled from a tenor cornett in Verona with adjustments made to compensate for the fingerholes being closer together than their theoretical positions.  Jamie Savan made 2 mouthpieces for it and came by to try it out. Although we are both normally used to plying high cornetts, we were both able to play a two-octave range down to the low G more or less straight away. Craig Kridel, the first purchaser plans on bringing the cornett to the EBF this July!

Lincoln Era Star-Spangled Banner

4/28/09 - The Smithsonian is conducting a contest for best rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, called "Oh Say Can You Sing". The First Brigade Band, Watertown, WI, has posted their entry on


25th Annual Brass Festival

25th Annual Historic Brass Society Early Brass Festival
July 17-19, 2009
Connecticut College, New London
New London, CT

In addition to the papers, the playing sessions and, of course, the annual pizza party, the Sunday concert will be an exciting event that will include world premiers of several new works for early brass instruments including Mendelssohn's Seasons by Clifford Bevan and conducted by Wim Becu, HBS Fanfare by Simon Proctor, De bronze et de lumiere by Therese Brenet, Jump In by Jonathan Miller as well as works by Stamitz, J. Michael Haydn, Anton Reicha and others.

Performers will include Ralph Dudgeon (keyed bugle), Douglas Yeo (serpent), David Loucky (trombone), Craig Kridel (ophicleide), Jeffrey Snedeker (natural horn) and others and will include The Anglican Singers, Simon Holt, conductor.

Festival Schedule and Abstracts

2009 Historic Division of the NTC Winners

The winners of the 5th Annual National Trumpet Competition Historic Division, which took place on March 14, 2009 at George Mason University in Virginia are:

  • The Reiche Award (open age, with the use of fingerholes): Don Johnson, leader of the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets. The prize is a Naumann baroque trumpet--a $2400 value.
  • The Fantini Award (open to contestants age 23 and younger): Aaron Witek, a student at Florida State University. The prize is two weeks tuition to the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, June 21-July 5, 2009, at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music--a $925 value.
  • The No-Holes Award: Dominic Favia, of Vienna, Virginia, age 15. The prize is tuition to the 2009 Natural Trumpet Making Workshop--a $670 value--held in Bloomington, Indiana from June 29-July 3, 2009 at the workshop of Rick Seraphinoff.
  • The No-Holes Award runner-up: Benjamin Malick, a student at George Mason University. The prizes are various items from the HBS.
  • The No-Holes Award, Honorable Mention: Don Johnson, who played a circular natural trumpet by Robert Barclay and an antique natural trumpet by Ehe.

The judges for the event were Dr. Stanley Curtis, George Mason University; Dr. Kathryn James Adduci, San Jose State University; Dr. Robert Birch, George Washington University; Dr. Ralph Dudgeon, SUNY Cortland; Dr. Elisa Koehler, Goucher College; Mr. Nathaniel Mayfield, Trumpet Soloist.

2009 Natural Trumpet-Making Workshop

The International Natural Trumpet Making Workshop, which has been held each year since 1993, in Bloomington, Indiana, and in various European locations, will be offered again during the week of June 29 - July 3, 2009 at the workshop of Seraphinoff Historical Instruments in Bloomington, Indiana.

Under the supervision of Dr. Robert Barclay, assisted by instrument makers Richard Seraphinoff and Michael Münkwitz, participants will make a natural trumpet using the tools and methods described in Dr. Barclay's book, The Art of the Trumpet-Maker, and also illustrated and described in Making a Natural Trumpet, the workshop textbook for the course.

The design which participants will make this year will be based on an original by the Nuremberg maker Hanns Hainlein (1632). Familiarity with tools and metal working techniques is desirable, but not by any means necessary. In past workshops everyone has been able to complete a playable instrument over the course of the week. The work schedule consists almost exclusively of hands-on workshop time from 9:00am until 5:00pm each day, Monday through Friday. Most participants finish their instruments by Friday early afternoon, making it possible to depart from Bloomington that afternoon or evening.

Tuition for the Bloomington workshop is US$670.00, which includes all materials, tools and supplies which will be used during the workshop, as well as a copy of Making a Natural Trumpet - and Illustrated Workshop Guide, published by the University of Edinburgh. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants, and reservations are made on a first come, first served basis.

To reserve a space, send a check for US$50.00 (payable to Richard Seraphinoff, organizer of the course) to the address below. This deposit will be refundable until June 1, 2009. The balance of US$620.00 will be due on the first day on the workshop. Non-U.S. participants may pay the entire amount on the first day, due to the costs of currency exchange and transfers.

Since my own workshop, where the course will be held this year is outside of Bloomington in a rural wooded area, going into Bloomington for lunch will take a substantial amount of time out of the work day, so we will offer the possibility of having lunch at our house for those who don't want to bring their own lunch each day. The cost will be $30 for the week, or $6 per day for those who would like to take part.

Richard Seraphinoff
2256 Birdie Galyan Road
Bloomington, IN 47408
Tel/Fax: 812-333-3114
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Book on Historical Temperaments

Thirty years after the successful launch of the best-selling treatise Unequal Temperaments and their Role in the Performance of Early Music, Claudio Di Veroli's new book Unequal Temperaments: Theory, History and Practice includes the musicological findings of the last decades, with hundreds of photos and computer-produced charts. The book deals extensively on TUNING BRASS INSTRUMENTS in early temperaments, with detailed treatment of natural trumpets and horns.Please find a detailed free preview and a link for online purchase in

FCCB Plays for Lincoln

Members of the Federal City Brass Band performed for the Abraham Lincoln's 200th Birthday on Feb 12, 2009 at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC, the location of his assassination is April 1865. Jeff Stockham plays taps on a period bugle, a call adopted by the Union Army ony 2 years before Lincoln's death. Click here for a video link.

Richard Burdick - Classical Horn

Richard Burdick, principal horn of the Regina Symphony Orchestra, performed Heinrich Domnich's Horn Concerto No. 1 on his Classical-era natural horn. Eventually he will post a recording on Heinrich Domnich was one of the first horn teachers at the Paris Conservatory. He was a student of Punto and the teacher of Dauprat. To Burdick's knowledge, this concerto has not been performed since the 1820s. The concert took place at Westminster United Church, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada on Sunday 4 January 2009. He will be performing Dauprat's horn quintet, Opus 6, No. 2 on the same instrument for the Regina Symphony Orchestra's Government House Series, 14-15 March 2009. See for more information.

EBF 24 Report

Jeffrey Nussbaum's A Report on the 24th Annual Early Brass Festival and a gallery of photos can be seen in the "Articles" menu - select 2008 Articles.

Doug Yeo Activities

Doug Yeo reports that he recently premiered new serpent concerto with orchestra, and played a solo on ophicleide at the same concert. Read the Boston Globe review here. You may also hear an interview with him on WBUR's syndicated radio program (PRI) Here and Now. The website also features photos and a short video of Doug playing ophicleide.

Doug's sabbatical from the BSO starts in January (through June) and he says he is looking forward to a few serpent/ophicleide events. In February he'll be in San Francisco playing ophicleide on Mendelssohn's Overture to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn's birth), and in May, he'll head to England to do some research at the Bate Collection and a few other museums, and then take part in the annual "Serpentarium" event with Phil Humphries. When Humphries's Mellstock Band travels to Boston for the annual "Christmas Revels" at Harvard University's Sanders Theater, Doug and Phil will give two pre-concert talks on the serpent, playing duets and otherwise acquainting the audience with their obsession.

Early Brass at Trinity

Announcing the Trinity College of Music Brass Experience 2009 (February 23-27, 2009) featuring Portuguese über-tuba player Sérgio Carolino as Artist in Residence. This is the sixth year of the week-long festival at Trinity which aims to highlight brass playing of all genres and this year features a diversity of music from Early to Jazz. It's a great opportunity to experience a wide range of brass performances from talented players of all ages, and with many events free, it won't break the bank.

The festival opens at Blackheath Halls on February 23, 6:00pm with the high profile Philip Jones Brass Competition. Open to all TCM Brass Ensembles, the competition is named after ex-Trinity Principal and trumpeter Philip Jones CBE, founder of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. The festival celebrates his life and groundbreaking work which paved the way for the modern brass ensemble experience. The performance will be a vibrant mix of diverse brass groups playing everything from baroque to pop under the watchful eye of adjudicator Sérgio Carolino (admission free).

On February 24, at 1:05pm, the Old Royal Naval College Chapel at Trinity College of Music's home - the resplendent baroque Old Royal Naval College - will echo with the sounds of early brass as the TCM Early Music Brass Ensemble present Venice in Greenwich. Come along to hear cornetto, sackbut and natural trumpet players under the direction of Richard Thomas (admission free).

For more information on other brass activities, and there are plenty, at the Experience, please see

Making the British Sound

Making the British Sound - Instrumental Music and British Traditions
Sponsored Jointly by the Galpin Society and the Historic Brass Society
London - Edinburgh
July 7-11, 2009
Further Details (Galpin Society website)

Updated Booking Form!

(link updated 5/8/09)

25th Annual Early Brass Festival Update

4/5 - Details have been announced for the 25th Annual Early Brass Festival of the Historic Brass Society, July 17-19 at Connecticut College, New London, CT. 

Tentative speakers include Gunther Schuller, Ralph Dudgeon, Paul Niemisto, Jeff Nussbaum and Barbara Hersey. 

In celebration of the twenty-fifth Early Brass Festival, there will be three world premiere performances.

Doug Yeo, bass trombonist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will perform the world premiere of De bronze et de Lumnire for Serpent and Piano by T. Brenet. 

In addition, the world premiere of Music for Natural Trumpets by Jonathan Miller will be performed.

Finally, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn's birth, Berlioz Historical Brass, including Doug Yeo, David Loucky, Craig Kridel, Ralph Dudgeon and Lowell Greer, will perform the world premiere of Clifford Bevan's Mendelssohn's Seasons for chorus, horn, trombone, English bass horn and ophicleide.

In addition to these special activities, there will be lectures, concerts, the annual HBS membership meetings, informal playing sessions, and, of course, the famous annual HBS pizza party!

For more details and the registration form, download this form.

2008 News Archive

Louisiana State Museum's Music Collection

During Hurricane Katrina, the LSM's Old U.S. Mint, a National Historic Landmark located in the French Quarter and constructed in 1835, was severely damaged. Its copper roof blew off; water ruined interior finishes and the HVAC system ceased to function. At the time of the hurricane, the 71,000-square-foot facility housed exhibitions on jazz, Louisiana decorative arts, and the history of the Mint itself. In addition, approximately 60% of the LSM's collections were stored in the building - including its entire, internationally renowned jazz collection. While a relatively small number of artifacts were water damaged, the threat of mold forced the emergency evacuation of artifacts to a temporary, 20,000-square-foot storage facility in Baton Rouge.

The project was carried out over a period of eight months and involved both LSM permanent staff as well as professionals specially recruited for the purpose.

As repairs and renovations were completed in the Old U.S. Mint, LSM contracted Williamstown Art Conservation Center (WACC) to inventory, document, rehouse, and transport the collections back to the Mint.

The Louisiana State Museum music collection is now open to researchers and a new exhibit about jazz and other forms of Louisiana music is planned to open in 2010 at the Old US Mint building.

This project would not have been possible without the generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Getty Foundation, and FEMA.

A full article entitled "Rehousing the LSM Jazz Collection" on the move with pictures of Louis Armstrong's and Johnny Wiggs' cornets is available in the Articles section of this website.

Keyed Trumpet Website
Will Russell has launched a website on all aspects of the keyed trumpet This site stems from Russell's performance and research interests on the keyed trumpet.

Shofar Authenticity

Early brass musicians often debate the topic of authenticity. Discussion on the proper use of natural trumpets, horns, sackbuts and other instruments is common. But when there has been a rash of inauthentic shofars being sold as the genuine thing, well, as a certain kosher hotdog and salami advertisement used to say, someone has to answer to a higher authority! An article by Nathan Jeffay in the October 3, 2008 issue of the Forward reports that hundreds of shofars are being sold in Israel that are full of holes (vent holes??) and secretly filled with glue. This makes these horns not kosher or suitable for religious use.

William Dongois Cornetto Masterclass

William Dongois will present an extensive masterclass on cornetto technique, repertoire, rhetoric and improvisation at the Michaelstein Foundation on January 15-18, 2009. The Michaelstein Foundation presents many interesting conferences, workshops and masterclasses throughout the year and is located in Blankenburg, German. Information:; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hunting Horn Workshop

The American Hunting Horn Society announces its second annual workshop in Chautauqua, NY, October 3-5, 2008. This year's event features two featuring two French Champion Trompe players. For more information go to:

19th-Century Band Conference

The School of Music at The State University of New York at Fredonia will present "The Band in 19th-Century America - A Symposium" from 3-4 October 2008. All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Jim Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

12:00pm: "The Keyed Bugle"
Ralph Dudgeon (SUNY Cortland)
6:30pm: "Wind Scoring Practices in the 19th Century - An Overview of Writing from 1810-1890"
Donald Hunsberger (Professor Emeritus, Eastman School of Music)
8:00pm: Concert of Early American Music for Winds and Brass, Fredonia Concert Band

11:00am: "The Band in the Age of Gilmore and Sousa"
Frank Cipolla (Professor Emeritus, SUNY Buffalo)
1:30pm: "The Military Band in Civil War America"

3:00pm: Concert of Civil War Band Music, Fredonia Wind Symphony
6:30pm: "Band Composers of the Late 19th-Century"
George Foreman (Centre College)
8:00pm: Concert of the Music of Sousa and Contemporaries, Fredonia Wind Ensemble

New Review
See a recording review of a CD by the King Oliver Band in the Reviews section

26th Annual HBS Early Brass Festival and Vintage Brass Festival II

The Annual HBS Early Brass Festival will once again join forces with the Vintage Band Music Festival in beautiful Northfield, MN from 5-8 August 2010. The VBF II will feature fifteen bands giving "Fifty Concerts in Four Days". This is very early notice, but the organizers want vintage bands and vintage band enthusiasts to put this on their calendars. Ensemble interested in participating are should contact Paul Niemisto to discuss possibilities. Email <paul.niemisto>. Watch the website for more information. A call for papers for the EBF will go out at the usual time. Papers on band music, instruments, and personalities will be especially welcome.</paul.niemisto>

Conference on Brass Metallurgy

The Historical Metallurgy Society's annual conference "Metals in Musical Instruments" will be held from 12-14 September 2008 in Oxford. The conference will be held in the Holywell Music Rooms of Wadham College, which is the oldest surviving purpose built concert hall in Europe. The Holywell Rooms were built in 1748 and Handel is among the many famous musicians and composers who have appeared there. Papers will reflect the theme of the conference on the technology of metals with particular relation to musical instruments. As well as a full lecture programme there will be concerts on the Friday and Saturday evenings, themed to the conference, and opportunities to see “behind the scenes” at the Bate Collection of Historical Musical Instruments. There will be a number of other relevant venues to visit on Saturday afternoon. A full program for the event can be downloaded from Further information can be obtained at"

Greenberg Award

The AMS Noah Greenberg Award is intended as a grant-in-aid to stimulate active cooperation between scholars and performers by recognizing and fostering outstanding contributions to historical performing practices. Both scholars and performers may apply, since the Award may subsidize the publication costs of articles, monographs, or editions, as well as public performance, recordings, or other projects. The award consists of $2,000 and a certificate, conferred at the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation of the AMS by the chair of the committee.

Deadline: 15 August 2008

Full details:

Civil War Band Organization

The National Association for Civil War Brass Music announces the publication of its first newsletter. Information about the organization is included in the newsletter, which is free for download here. Future editions will be distributed to members only, but information may also be found at the website Membership information is also included in the publication.

Roman Reliefs Show Roman Trumpeters

A series of previously stolen 1st-century B.C. reliefs depicting images of gladiators and two musicians, a tuba player and a cornu player has been recently recovered. Archaeology magazine has an article and photos of these reliefs. The images of the tuba and cornu player are remarkable for the detail in which they show the mouthpieces, players embouchures, and playing position. An abstract of the article can be read at

Pictures of the gladiators and musicians can be seen also at

2008 Natural Trumpet-Making Workshop

The International Natural Trumpet Making workshop, which has been held each year since 1993, in Bloomington, Indiana, and in various European locations, will be offered again during the week of June 16 - 20, 2008 at the Hoosier Hills Career Center in Bloomington, Indiana, and in Rostock Germany, July 28 - August 1, 2008.

Under the supervision of Dr. Robert Barclay, assisted by instrument makers Richard Seraphinoff and Michael Münkwitz, participants will make a natural trumpet using the tools and methods described in Dr. Barclay's book, The Art of the Trumpet-Maker, and also illustrated and described in Making a Natural Trumpet, the new workshop guide for the course.

The design which participants will make this year will be based on an original by the Nuremberg maker Hanns Hainlein (1632). Familiarity with tools and metal working techniques is desirable, but not by any means necessary. In past workshops everyone has been able to complete a playable instrument over the course of the week. The work schedule consists almost exclusively of hands-on workshop time from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day, Monday through Friday. Most participants finish their instruments by Friday early afternoon, making it possible to depart from Bloomington that afternoon or evening.

Tuition for the Bloomington workshop is $660.00, which includes all materials, tools and supplies which will be used during the workshop, as well as a copy of "Making a Natural Trumpet - and Illustrated Workshop Guide", published by the University of Edinburgh. Enrolment is limited to 12 participants, and reservations are made on a first come, first served basis.

To reserve a space, send a check for $50.00 (payable to Richard Seraphinoff, organizer of the course) to the address below. This deposit will be refundable until May 1, 2008. The balance of $610.00 will be due on the first day on the workshop. Non-US participants may pay the entire amount on the first day, due to the costs of currency exchange and transfers.

Richard Seraphinoff 2256 Birdie Galyan Road Bloomington, IN 47408 Tel/Fax: 812-333-3114 E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web site:

For tuition and other details on the workshop in Rostock, or to reserve a space, see

New Trombone History Association

The Society of Trombone History of Central Germany (Verein für Mitteldeutsche Posaunengeschichte e.V.) has been founded in the city of Halle near Lipsia (Leipzig) by a small but enthusiastic group of trombonists, trombone manufacturers, and trombone collectors.

The region of Central Germany, with Saxony in particular, added fresh momentum to the trombone’s technical development: the modern trombone with its large-sized bore and bell was invented in Lipsia during the 1830ies by C.F. Sattler. His apprentice and son in law J.C. Penzel further improved Sattler’s invention, which later on was adapted by many other manufacturers in Central Germany. Migrants from Saxony disseminated the “Lipsia” or “Penzel” model; not only all over Germany, but also to Russia and America. Characteristics of the historic German Trombone are the snake ornaments and, frequently, the so called “Heckelrand” (i.e., the broad German silver bell-rim). The large bore and bell together with the relatively thin brass result into the typical dark and smooth sound with an extreme dynamic range as compared to its predecessor from the Renaissance and baroque epochs.

The Society’s objectives are to perform research on the history of the trombone with regional focus on Central Germany (Saxony and Thuringia) and about biographies of trombone players and manufacturers. Another important aim of the association is to collect, conserve, classify and catalogue antique instruments with focus on the late 19th and early 20th century. Finally and importantly, expositions, workshops and concerts with historic trombones will be organized in order to keep Central German trombone tradition alive.

The Society’s official inaugural celebration will take place in Halle in the Gertraudenkapelle on June 15th, 3 p.m. The Society’s members will play compositions for four to twelve trombones on historic instruments. Dr. Enrico Weller from famous musical instrument manufacturer’s town Markneukirchen, who is an expert on Saxon wind instrument history, will give the commemorative speech about trombone makers from Vogtland (South-Saxon central region of musical instrument producers).

Contact (chairman): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monk Workshop

Jeremy West provides a first-hand report on activities at the Monk Workshop in the aftermath of Keith Rogers's death.

I spent last week at Keith's home and workshop with Kathryn and with Nicholas Perry. Nicholas has now completed his first serpent (that is to say the pieces are all cut and together in one piece, prior to being finished and the whole prior to being leathered and keys fitted). This serpent is one that Nicholas started making with advice and guidance from Keith during the last months of his life. Keith's wisdom was poured out from his armchair in the sitting room (this an utterly uncanny echo of the situation in 1991 during Christopher Monk's decline, when I would visit him by his fireside at Stock Farm in Surrey for advice and guidance). Nicholas is encouraged by this first instrument; by the way he is getting the hang of Keith's copy router (the big Bridgeport cutter from Christopher had to be sold when we moved out of commercial premises in London to go to Norfolk); and he is (cautiously) expressing interest in carrying on serpentine work for the next generation. It is still too early to say how, or even if, this will happen, but the preliminary signs are promising.

---Jeremy West

The Hunt for Arban's Recording

The following is a reproduction of Ed Tarr's letter to the editor of the HBS Journal regarding news of a recording of J. B. Arban

Wouldn't it be a revelation if we could hear how Arban played? Up to now it was thought that he lived too early for him to have made any recordings.

It has recently come to my attention, however, that J.-B. Arban in fact made at least one recording on a cylinder for the Edison Phonograph Co. shortly before his death in 1889! This was publicized in a Helsinki newspaper, Hufvudstadsbladet (no. 96, from April 11, 1890, p. 2), announcing two sessions in which the new-fangled phonograph was to be demonstrated in public. My Dutch friend Eric Roefs recently made this text available to me.

Here is a translation of the pertinent part of the text (from the original Swedish):

Phonograph: Today Mr. Gillin and Droese will give the first two phonograph shows in Helsinki. The lecture and demonstration of Edison's phonograph will take place in F. B. K.'s assembly hall at 2 and 8:30 [p.m.] with an admission fee of 2 [Finnish] marks.

Edison's phonograph will make its debut with us today with a rich phonograph repertoire such as speech, song, musical instrument solos, vocal and orchestral phonograms [i. e. recordings, translators' note].

Among the phonograms a particular one must be mentioned: a solo on cornet à pistons, played by the famous French virtuoso, Monsieur Arban, called “Fanfare d'Edison;” [another is] a phonogram for large orchestra, “Marche d’Exposition Universelle 1889” by Olivier Métra. This march was played by 60 military musicians in the presence of Edison when he visited the Exhibition [Universelle] in Paris last year. Further, a solo on the piccolo-flute, played by Monsieur Damaré, member of the orchestra of the large opera in Paris; [etc. etc.]

A Norwegian friend of mine, Ole J. Utnes, who helped with the translation, has put the pertinent information (including a facsimile of the article in question) on his website:

Since other recordings from this time period still exist, it is not too far-fetched to think that Arban's recording of the "Fanfare d'Edison" might survive in somebody's collection. I hope that ITG members with connections to record collectors and dealers will make a serious effort to locate this historic cylinder.

Best wishes,
Ed Tarr

EBF 2007 Recording

Sabine Klaus reports that there is an official recording of the 2007 Early Brass Festival available. It is available for $US 5.00 per CD. The access money (after making the CDs and shipping them) will go to the Joe Utley Student Travel Award Line Item. To order, contact Sabine Klaus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pre-College Brass Day at Julliard

The Julliard School of Music will be hosting a series of masterclasses and chamber music playing sessions offered by the pre-college faculty on March 1, 2008, commencing at 1:00pm. Faculty include Per Brevig, trombone; Julie Landman, horn; and Raymond Mase, trumpet. For more information or to RSVP contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Keith Rogers 1943-2008

Keith Rogers, cornett, serpent and oboe maker at Christopher Monk Instruments (CMI), died on the 21st January after a lengthy struggle with pancreatic cancer.

Following a career in teaching, which culminated in the positions of Director of Music at two leading Northern Ireland grammar schools, as well as spending several years as a recorder maker, Keith joined the Christopher Monk workshops in April 1992. Here, in partnership with the cornett player Jeremy West, and succeeding the late Christopher Monk (founding father of the cornett and serpent revivals), Keith spent the remainder of his life making copies of historic wind instruments. Building on his skills and experience as a recorder maker, he quickly adapted to the demands made by “all instruments that wiggle” (as they are affectionately known at CMI); instruments which are demanding on both player and maker alike. Using the treasure trove of clues and evidence extant in Christopher Monk’s own workshop, Keith picked his way through this mysterious and vexing labyrinth. But it was his unique mix of powerful intellect and enviable manual dexterity that enabled him so successfully to create fabulous wind instruments. Examples of his work live (and play) on and may be found across the world from New York to New Zealand, Aberdeen to Argentina.

An experiment to make an oboe da caccia using the same methods employed to manufacture a serpent, lead to a lasting partnership with leading oboe player and authority, Dick Earle. A da caccia (eventually built in the traditional way rather than using the method above), along with several models of historic oboe, became available as a result. For more than a decade these beautiful instruments have been sent to appreciative players from five continents.

Keith Rogers was born and brought up in Sussex; he studied music at the University of Wales at Bangor (BA Honors 1st Class 1965), lived in Belfast, then in London and, most recently, in rural Norfolk. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn, four daughters and six grandchildren.

--Jeremy West

Mary Rasmussen 1930-2008

One of the pioneers of historic brass research and recipient of the HBS Monk Award, Mary Rasmussen died on January 26. Her articles in the Brass Quarterly and A teacher's Guide to the Literature of Brass Instruments sparked the interests of those who launched the historic brass movement.

I only met Mary once. It was at the 1998 Early Brass Festival where she was awarded the Christopher Monk Award for her exemplary scholarship in historic brass. I found her to be a warm and vital woman who was genuinely honored by the event.

Her colleague, Prof. Mark DeVoto has kindly agreed to let us publish his remembrance of Prof. Rasmussen


With sorrow I inform our fellowship of the death of Mary Helen Rasmussen, Professor emerita of Music at the University of New Hampshire, on 26 January in Durham, New Hampshire. She was 77 years old and had suffered from cancer, intermittently but eventually finally, since the early 1970s.

Mary was a splendid colleague and a treasured friend of many of us, a "true polymath," as the minute on her retirement described her in 1997. We knew her as a self-taught musicologist of remarkable ability and accomplishment and amazing versatility, skilled in many areas of music-making and a tireless researcher in a wide variety of areas. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor's degree in 1952 and then went to the University of Illinois, receiving a Master of Music in low brass performance in 1953 and a Master of Library Science in 1956. For two years, she taught public school in Gorham, New Hampshire, and was always proud that of all the music faculty at UNH, where she was appointed in 1968, she was the only member to have actually taught in the New Hampshire school system.

That Mary never received a doctorate was of no consequence to her productivity and learning. She was the recipient of a Fulbright award and grants from the Ford and Guggenheim foundations. She was a regular contributor to the CMS and to AMS meetings locally and nationally, and lectured at many different institutions, including Harvard, Boston University, and the University of Wisconsin. On the UNH faculty she taught several historical courses but also directed the string methods program, finding time to become a decent cellist who performed regularly, and achieved a statewide renown as a skilled repairer of stringed instruments.

Mary published articles and reviews in a number of different journals, but also became her own publisher. She founded Brass Quarterly in 1957, merging it soon with Woodwind Quarterly, and the combined journal continued until 1969. From the 1970s she became increasingly active in the field of musical iconography and collected photographs from all over the world. Her magnum opus, Musical Subjects in Western European Art, was the focus of more than two decades of effort, but it remains unfinished.

A memorial service for Mary is in the planning stage, to occur sometime in the spring.

--Mark DeVoto formerly Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities, the University of New Hampshire, 1968-1981

Jean-François Madeuf News

Trumpeter Jean-François Madeuf sends us news of his many activities. He writes, “Things are going well for the revival of the real baroque trumpet (without holes). More and more players are interested in playing in this way because they hear that it is possible now to play safely, in tune and musically, and all with authentic instruments and performance techniques. So many students are coming each year in Basel and Lyon and I obtain the same results, in a shorter time, than a few years ago. It is like they don't have the mental limitations that we have traditionally in the brass family. I am very busy and have concerts not only in France but throughout Europe and occasionally in Japan. It seems that things are changing in Germany and the UK where it is now possible to play without holes, thanks to people who studied in Basel in recent years. Makers such as Graham Nicholson (Den Haag) or Markus Raquet (Bamberg) are producing fine instruments and have full list of orders.

I performed the 2nd Brandenburg twelve times in concert in 2007 (8 times connected with the 1st Brandenburg on horn and ensemble La Petite Bande with Sigiswald Kuijken). We know that this very difficult piece is playable like it was done in the past on a natural instrument with an appropriate and historically accurate mouthpiece. I recorded it last August for a little label. I will play it again in 2008 in France and Japan and perhaps record it again. In 2009 a tour is planned with La Petite Bande as well as a recording. Another important project will be the tour of French ensemble Le Concert Spirituel in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Japan the following October, performing the Handel Water Music and Royal Fireworks. This ensemble recorded these works with 9 natural trumpets and 9 natural horns.

On 19th-century music for period instruments great progress is also being made. I participated recently in a project performing and recording the Dvorak 9th Symphony and Schumann's Konzertstück for 4 horns and orchestra. David Guerrier played a Viennese pump system horn (1st) with Antoine Dreyfus (2nd) Emmanuel Padieu (3rd) and René Schirer (4th). The orchestra was La Chambre Philharmonique conducted by Emmanuel Krivine. With Les Cuivres Romantiques, we continue the exploration of 19th-century brass band repertoire. Patrick Fraize (Bourges) made for us very good 19th-century natural trumpets with crooks after Raoux (1800-1830).”

Classical Period Trumpet by Graham Nicholson

Trumpeter and instrument maker Graham Nicholson has recently developed a classical trumpet after a 1794 Viennese Huschauer. He reports that there is only one left in the world and it is housed in the Edinburgh Colelction of Historic Instruments. He says that it is sublime as a classical trumpet, there is nothing that comes close to it. The bore is 12.2mm which is a lot bigger than the baroque bores. As a 3 holed trumpet it has the advantage of the other models that it does not go flat in the bottom and sharp in the top range as you add crooks. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Storied History of Two Gilded Horns

The September 18th issue of the New York Times ran a news story about two small guilded horns with a remarkable history. A pair of gilded horns which were reproductions of the fifth-century originals stolen 205 years ago and melted down by a debt-ridden watchmaker and goldsmith, were stolen from the Jelling Museum in South Jutland, Denmark. They were on loan from the Danish National Museum. Two days later the Times ran another story with a happy ending. The horns were recovered by the Danish police and the gang of bad-guys were arrested!

2007 News Archive

Bach (Trumpets) on YouTube

There has been a flurry of Bach performances by a number of period instrument ensembles on YouTube including some beautiful baroque trumpet playing.

Historic Trumpet (Cornet) Competition

The 2008 Historic Trumpet Division of the National Trumpet Competition (13-16 March 2008) will expand to include 19th-century instruments. The baroque trumpet competition will be divided into 2 age categories for trumpet with fingerholes, 1 for natural trumpet without fingerholes. The new category is a competition for players of the keyed bugle, cornet, or saxhorn. Except for the youth division of the baroque trumpet category, no age limits are in place and musicians of all nationalities may enter. For rules click here.

National Civil War Field Music School

The National Association for Civil War Brass Music will present a school on the essentials of military field music of the U.S. Civil War (1861-65) at Pamplin Historical Park, near the city of Petersburg, VA from 13–15 June 2008. Participants will experience period-style training in the art of bugling, drumming, and fife playing from experts in the field in a historical setting. The director of the school is Jari Villanueva, a noted expert on field music and director of the Federal City Brass Band and 26th NC Regimental Band (recreated). Other faculty include Bill Bynum, Tim Ertel, Jeb Hague, Doug Hedwig, Joe Korber, David Loyal, Jason Maines, George Rabbai, Stephen Southard, and Chuck Woodhead. The school will provide instruction in novice, intermediate, and advanced levels for participants aged 11 and older. The weekend will be ordered by field music and military drill of the era and will culminate in a public dress parade. For more information and registration forms, go to or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Results of Historic Division - 2007 NTC

Judges: Niklaus Eklund, chair
Barry Bauguess, Nationally recognized Baroque Trumpet Artist
Ray Burkhart, Claremont Graduate University
Robert Civiletti, Baroque Trumpet Artist
Dr. Thomas Huener, Eastern Carolina University
Dr. Elisa Koehler, Goucher College
Dr. Stanley Curtis, U. S. Navy Band, George Mason University

Baroque Trumpet Ensemble Award: Kentucky Baroque Trumpets [photo]

Fray Antoni Martín I Coll Award (named in honor of the prolific Catalan trumpet composer-monk, this award is offered as a new solo category not allowing the use of finger holes):

  • 1st Prize: Baroque trumpet made by Francisco Pérez of Alicante, Spain awarded to Nathaniel Cox
  • 2nd Prizes: Free Tuition to the International Natural Trumpet Making Workshop held from June 25-29 in Rostock, Germany or from July 30-August 3 in Bloomington, Indiana, and taught by Robert Barclay, Richard Seraphinoff, and Michael Munkwitz. Also offered is one week's tuition to the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin Conservatory. TIE: Chris Campbell (will be offered the Int. Trumpet Making Workshop)
    Justin Bland (will be offered the tuition at the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin)

Shore Award (solo category up to age 18)
1st Prize: A $200 gift certificate from The Baroque Trumpet Shop awarded to Dominic Favia

Fantini Award (ages 19 to 28)

  • 1st Prize: A $300 gift certificate from The Baroque Trumpet Shop awarded to David Wharton
  • 2nd Prize: The Bendinelli Award, a $100 anonymous cash gift, awarded to Don Johnson III.

Reiche Award (ages 29 and up)
1st Prize: The Naumann Award For Artistry of a Naumann Baroque Trumpet awarded to Nicholas Althouse

New Website for Crispian Steele-Perkins

Members are welcome to download free photos and sound clips of antique trumpets from the collection of baroque trumpeter Christian Steele-Perkins on his new website:

Baroque Trumpets on YouTube

We have received notice of a number of videos of baroque trumpet playing available on the YouTube video site.

1. A Young Friedemann Immer performs the 3rd Mvmt of the Brandenburg no. 2 at

2. Baroque trumpets playing the Biber Sonata Sancti Polycarpi at

3. Crispian Steele-Perkins playing Handel's The Trumpet Shall Sound at

Boston Symphony Orchestra Trombone Quartet Recordings

Doug Yeo has created a new web article about the BSO Trombone Quartet and their 1906 Victor recordings with images and mp3 sound files of some of the recordings.

Kaiser Serpents

Kaiser Serpents are hand made, rendered in fiberglass reinforced epoxy resin in the key of C. They feature tapered brass bocals, brass receivers, hand turned mouthpieces. The bell rings and finger rings are made from various woods such as American Walnut and African Blackwood. Each serpent is carefully molded in two halves then bonded together with the same epoxy that reinforces the cloth. The entire instrument would then be covered with two additional coats of epoxy. The epoxy resin is infused with pure carbon to give it a deep black color. The exterior is then lightly sanded and sprayed with a high tech textured paint that is made specifically for bonding to composites. The resulting instrument is extremely strong and should last several lifetimes. Because of the molding process, the bore of the instrument is inherently true and smooth. At a distance of a few feet this instrument resembles a period-produced instrument. At this time Kaiser Serpents are selling instruments on EBay with prices ranging from U.S.$400.00 to 500.00. There is also a waiting / notification list that we alert when there is another finished instrument. If you have any questions or comments or want to see pictures please visit the Kaiser Serpent website:

North American Sackbut Maker

Mike Corrigan has begun to create sackbuts in the Kansas City area. Michael Holmes (Washington Cornett & Sackbutt Ensemble) has offered praise for Corrigan's Schnitzer copy. For more information see the impressive website at and click on "sackbuts". Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Tel: (913) 390-1776.

Call for Nominations (IGEB)

Thelen Prize 2008 IGEB (International Society for the Investigation and Promotion of Wind Music) issues a call for nominations for the 2008 Thelen Prize for dissertations in the field of wind music research. Anyone with a dissertation accepted from 1999 to the present is eligible to participate. The deadline for nominations is December 19, 2007. All dissertations in the field of wind music research, in any language, from any country, worldwide are eligible for consideration. The Prize consists of a certificate, the presentation of a paper at the IGEB conference 2008 in Echternach, Luxemburg, and publication in IGEB's Reprints and Manuscripts series or in the Alta Musica series. Self-nominations are welcome. Nominations should include the following: one paper copy; digital file [pdf format]; curriculum vita
NOTE: deadline December 19, 2007
Send to: IGEB c/o. Doris Schweinzer Leonhardstrasse 15 A-8010 Graz Austria Raoul Camus

2006 News Archive

Francis Johnson Book Released

Francis Johnson (1792-1844): Chronicle of a Black Musician in Early Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia by Charles K. Jones, published by Lehigh University Press, ISBN 0-934223-86-6, was given a publication celebration on October 24, 2006 at Lehigh University. Lorenzo Greenwich, a collaborator on this project and long-time friend of the author, Charles Jones gave a speech regarding the research activities for the book. The event had other speakers (Philip Metzger, Paul Larson and David Diggs) and performers (Diane Monroe [violin] with Paul Saline [piano]; and Jari Villanueva [cornet] with Helen Beadle [piano] in period dress). The musicians performed Johnson compositions and the speaker's remarks were Johnson tailored. Order information: Associated University Press, 2010 Eastpark Blvd., Cranbury, New Jersey 08512, Tele: 609-655-4770, Fax: 609-655-8366, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (special price until Dec. 31, 2006 $46.00, $57.50 after Jan.1) shipping: $3.95 for the first book and .95 cents each thereafter.

Shofar Service Recorded

The Milken Archive series of Jewish Music on the Naxos label recently released the CD, Herman Berlinski: From the World of My Father, Naxos 8.559446, featuring the shofar in a recording of Herman Berlinski’s (1910-2001) moving work Shofar Service (1964). This three movement work features the shofar playing the traditional High Holiday calls which is, in the words of the composer, “surrounded by brass.” The two modern trumpets, played beautifully by Stephen Keavy and James Ghigi imitate the shofar calls in an imaginative manner. Tim Roseman is the able shofar player.

Paris Conference

Call for Papers
The Cité de la Musique in association with the Historic Brass Society presents an international conference with concerts and other events on the topic Paris, the factory of ideas: The influence of Paris on brass instruments c.1840- c.1930, to be held at the Cité de la Musique, Paris 29, 30 June to 1 July 2007. The conference is intended to cast light on the main topic and the three themes of this event. All applicants should familiarise themselves with the stated objectives and present their proposals in a way that makes the relationship with the themes explicit. However, the organisers are keen to encourage a wide interpretation of these themes and to elicit a rich variety of presentations. The languages for the conference are French and English. Submissions can be for formally read papers or other presentations. There is a choice of 20-minute or 40-minute slots. All submissions must contain an indication of which type of slot is being asked for. Submissions must be in the form of an abstract of no more that 300 words. It must contain the title, the name of the presenter, summary information about the presentation and a statement of how it meets one or more of the themes for the event. All submissions must be sent electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 1 2006. No submissions received after this date will be considered. The program committee will reach a decision on presentations and inform all applicants by February 1 2007. Presenters will not receive fees or expenses but the full conference fee will be waived. Rooms at preferential rates will be available in local hotels. All presentations will be in the Cite de La Musique which has excellent acoustics, PowerPoint and audio playback facilities.

Natural Trumpet Cases

Trumpet maker Francisco Pérez reports that one of his customers, Renato Bajardo, is starting his own business in making cases for natural trumpets.
Renato Bajardo
Via Lomellini, 5/2
16124 Genova
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Natural Trumpet Competition Applications

Stanley Curtis reports that there have been continuing problems this year with the online registration for the historic division on the NTC website. He is now personally accepting all applications. If you are interested in entering this competition, please send your contact information (including phone and address), your age, what categories you are entering, a recording on cd or tape, and a check for the fees of all the categories that your are entering (payable to National Trumpet Competition Association). Please do not record the arias with soprano (that is only for the live round). You may send this as late as Dec. 15, due to the technical problems encountered (originally the deadline was Dec. 1). The NTC hopes to have this smoothed out next year for online registration.

Please forward this information along to all interested trumpeters. More information about this competition is found at

Cassone Brandenburg Video

Trumpet virtuoso Gabriele Cassone is featured on a video recording the Second Brandenburg Concerto and is available to view online at

London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble

The Georgian Concert Society invited the LGBE to give a recital in St Cecilia’s Hall (second oldest concert hall in the U.K. after Oxford’s Holywell Room) and, of course, the spot where the Reid Collection houses their magnificent collection of keyboard and plucked instruments. Andrew Clark and Martin Lawrence performed on hand-horns and trompes de chasse. along with David Blackadder (trompette demilune, keyed trumpet and F trumpet) and Peter Harvey (1862 Courtois trombone). We gave a programme of original brass ensemble music dating from 1814 to circa 1830 entirely on period instruments. Arnold Myers allowed us to use his trompette demilune to give four of the Cherubini marches and also his trompe dauphine (the Le Brun which in fact dates from 1721 and not 1729 - the year that the Dauphin of Louis XV was actually born - thus exploding another myth - in this case perpetrated by Morley-Pegge), which I used to play one of the great Marquis de Dampierre’s fanfares, La Choisy.

Martin and I then used my Raoux (Napoleon III) and Bauer (1880s) trompes to give La Choisy in two-part harmony and then the three of us played Handel’s La Rejouissance and some Kozeluch fanfares.

Then came five Reicha horn trios (Andrew playing the 1818 Raoux that once belonged to Dennis Brain), the Beethoven Adagio (a self-contained sketch for 3 horns dating from 1815) and one of Dauprat’s trios with the horns crooked in three different keys). After the interval we did Neukomm’s Quatuor pour etre executer dans la Grotte Tuonante pres le Scoglio di Virgilio dans la Golfe de Naples but with Blackadder sounding the echo alone (rather than an echo horn trio) on his keyed trumpet. We finished up with a set of dances by the Erbprinz (Carl Friedrich von Lowenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg) dating (I reckon) from about 1830.

LGBE: L to R: Chris Larkin, Andrew Clark, Martin Lawrence, Peter Harvey, David Blackadder.


--- submitted by Chris Larkin

2006 Maryland Early Brass Day

The 2006 Maryland Early Brass Day was held on April 1 at Goucher College in Towson, MD (USA).  This year's ensemble-in-residence was Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band, who offered a workshop on late 19th-century American brass band music and a short concert of the same.  [Photo1] [Photo 2] For information on the 2007 MEBF, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Toulouse Symposium

The First Toulouse International Symposium of Ancient Brass Instruments, co-sponsored by the HBS and Les Sacqueboutiers, will be held April 20-23, 2006 in Toulouse, France. Registration for competition is now closed.  Adjudicators will include cornettos: Bruce Dickey, Jeremy West, Jean-Pierre Canihac and sackbuts: Sue Addison, Wim Becu, Jean-Pierre Mathieu. Information for the competition at or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Herbert Trombone Book

HBS Board Member and trombone scholar, Trevor Herbert, has just released a book, The Trombone, published by Yale University Press.  This looks to be the definitive study on the history of the trombone.

Phil Holcomb Website

Phil Holcomb has a new website with images of his amazing brass collection. Check it out.

History of the World from the Horn Section

That intriguing headline accompanied an article by Josh Kun in the April 9, 2006 issue of the New York Times. It’s not often that brass history is dealt with in the mainstream press, particularly the publication that purports to present, "All the news that’s fit to print," but this extensive article examined much recent brass activity. There was a focus on world music and how many brass music traditions were inter-related. It was demonstrated that the brass section is the common factor in music from diverse areas as; Macedonia, Mexico, India, Brazil, and Benin. Musical excerpts mentioned in the article are on the New York Times website [in the archive pages].

Trumpet-Making Workshops

The International Trumpet-Making Workshop offered three courses this year, at Bloomington in Indiana; Rostock, Germany; and Kremsmünster near Linz in Austria. In the space of a week participants make a natural trumpet in brass by hand, from the flat sheet stock to a playable instrument. In recent years, with increases in efficiency and improved tools, some participants have even been able to finish their work in four days. We have noticed that decorative details and general finish have also improved over the time we have been teaching the course. As in the past few years, Michael Münkwitz joined Rick Seraphinoff and Bob Barclay again in teaching the workshops. Well over 250 people have now made natural trumpets under our direction, and the course appears to be as popular as ever. Often, the workshop is concluded with a concert on the finished instruments. This was especially the case in Kremsmünster, where the concluding reception in the courtyard at Schloß Kremsegg featured trumpet music by Paul Hainlein, (nephew of Hanns Hainlein, on whose design the workshop trumpets are based), Johann Ernst Altenburg, and pieces for trumpet ensemble by an anonymous composer of the 18th century found in the music archives of Kremsmünster, all played by the participants on their newly made instruments, and led by Jean-François Madeuf. It was exciting to imagine that this music could have been played in the same courtyard by trumpet players in the 17th and 18th centuries on similar instruments.

Interestingly, we hear rumours from time to time that European brass instrument makers feel our courses are in some way in competition with their products. Nothing could be further from the truth. Making one's own instrument in a course like this does not avoid the years of training and study that a true instrument-maker must follow. All it does is provide the participants with simple working tools for further exploration, and gives them a greater appreciation for the fine workmanship found on well made instruments. Often, they become customers of brass instrument makers, and few, if any, ever go on to make more instruments themselves. We have always maintained that our participants gain such an understanding of the instrument, and a heightened interest in the early brass world, that it can only benefit the whole community.

Details of future courses can be found at: