I have had the great fortune to have been teaching for over thirty-five years at a College level in Europe and most specifically in Bavaria, Germany. I have taught throughout Europe and Russia and at amoung other institutions the "University of Music" Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg where I have been teaching as full tenured Lecturer for Chamber Music from Baroque to Big-Band since 2001 and before from 1983 at the Hermann Zilcher Conservatory for Music. Working with students in Baroque ensembles, Chamber Orchestras through to Jazz Combos and Big- Bands has been a great experience for me.
During this time (and since 1980 as I taught at the regional Junior Music College in Bad Königshofen) I have been very fortunate to be able to organise, mostly through my La Tromba Music Productions firm, several Student Competitions, many International-level Master Classes and diverse Music Courses. These were often in coordination with the European Brass Academy, the European Trumpet Guild and/or the International Trumpet Guild. I have as well been to be able to invite many fine International Artists from throughout the world to lecturer and help many of my students and those of my colleagues to perform in Concerts and as well do recordings both here in Germany and throughout Europe.
I am especially proud of last year's (2014) La Tromba Music Jazz-Trumpet Competition, since it was an important part of our new 3 day International Jazz Festival!
With 3 high-level Professional Concerts and 2 Clinics featuring truly International Stars such as the great "Sir Ack" van Rooyen (Lyrical- Flügelhorn) from Den Haag, Holland and the young "Shooting Star" Benny Brown (Big-Band "Lead" and Modern-Jazz Trumpet) from Edinburgh, Scottland/Hamburg, Germany, this Festival was a huge success. Many of those who attended reported to me personally that they enjoyed the very fine music and that they already look forward to our next Jazz Festival concerts!
It is my sincere wish to reach out into the intensively competitive "world of trumpeters" with a new and open approach and a sincerely friendly and truly collegial attitude towards our profession and for many of us, our true passion.
In an attempt to communicate in a cooperative way, we sincerely wish to offer usefull professional advise to help you with your specific and individual trumpet- playing needs. This is not a kind of "Trumpet Forum" form, propigating negative one-sided opinions nor unqualified criticisms but much more an attempt to offer positive and supportive "online-consulting" on a "one on one" basis, and this for serious trumpeters(!) whether ernest amateurs or full-professionals.
I personally have had the very special opportunity and highly enjoyable experience of helping thousands of brass playing students over the last 40 years of my University teaching career, not to mention the many hundreds of sincerely interested trumpeting musicians "world-wide" through this new web-site,...freely giving answers to their questions and offering realistic suggestions and possible solutions to day to day playing problems.
If you have a problem or questions, be it from breathing to emboucher , trumpets and mouthpieces to study books and performance literature (or even your own suggestion as how to make this website an especially positive experinece for you and your fellow colleagues), please feel free go to "Contact" to leave/ask your question or even make an appoinment to see me in our La Tromba Studio here in Germany.