Now Available - Trumpets That Work 2016 Calendar!

This 2016 "Trumpets That Work" calendar features stories of trumpet players, trumpet makers and the development of the trumpet over several generations. It is an excellent gift to give to all of your favorite trumpet players and, of course, for anyone who loves looking at trumpets and learning about their history. The instruments featured were chosen because of their significance within accomplishments of great trumpeters over the last century, and also for their innovative designs.

The success of any effort to manufacture a musical instrument relies on the quality and consistency of the instrument, and also the publicly endorsed preference of it by prominent players. Each generation of trumpet player and trumpet manufacturer shares a common challenge for building and maintaining excellence. Many of the most successful trumpet makers were initially accomplished musicians who applied the discipline of their musical training to the challenge of creating instruments. This calendar tells many stories of musicians and manufacturers passing on their standards of excellence.

Many of these trumpets are also related directly to the history of symphony orchestras, and several current and former professional trumpeters have assisted in the research for each story. The specific history of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra trumpet section is also featured within several of the narratives, and special thanks to Tom Crown, Rudy Nashan, Bill Babcock, Frank Kaderabek, George Vosburgh, Will Scarlett and the family of Adolph Herseth for their assistance and permissions.

John Hagstrom
Second Trumpet
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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Trumpets That Work calendar

14" x 10" (14" x 20" open)

February calendar Alois Zmitko

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  • January
    C.G. Conn Trumpet in Bb/A
    This New Era model was played by Louis Armstrong
  • February
    Domenick Calicchio Trumpet in Bb
    Played by Gary Grant on the #1 recording of all time—Michael Jackson's Thriller
  • March
    E.A. Couturier Cornet in Bb/A
    Extremely rare "Direct Mouthpipe" design
  • April
    Vincent Bach Trumpet in C
    Played by Adolph Herseth in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • May
    F.A. Reynolds Trumpet in Bb
    This early model has a sterling silver bell
  • June
    Vincent Bach Trumpet in Eb/D
    Played in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by William Scarlett
  • July
    Vincent Bach Trumpet in C
    Played by Frank Kaderabek in the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony and the Chicago Symphony
  • August
    Martin Cornet in C
    Played by Adolph Herseth in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • September
    F.E. Olds Trumpet in Bb/A
    This "Military Model" was one of Olds' first trumpet designs
  • October
    Z.A. Meredith Cornet in Bb/A
    This "Open Tone" design is unlike any other
  • November
    David Monette Trumpet in C
    Played by Adolph Herseth in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • December
    Vincent Bach Trumpet in Eb/D
    Played by Samuel Krauss in the St. Louis Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra
  • January 2015
    Johann Sattler Trumpet in Bb
    This TARV valve design was patented in 1938

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