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Roy Hargrove Returns & City of Angels

It was a crazy week two weeks ago. I was about to pick up my horn to play the beautiful trumpet solo inĀ Alaura’s ThemeĀ in “City of Angels” when I see my phone lighting up and buzzing me. It turns out … Continue reading

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Head-Scratcher

Here’s one that really makes you wonder. A guy comes into the shop with his girlfirend’s horn. Seems she hasn’t played in a while and wants to get back at it. So I open the case to find…a chemistry experiment. … Continue reading

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Note-worthy: Steve Turre and the Airmen

Last night we attended a concert by the Airmen of Note, the US Airforce Jazz Band. These guys are the top of the crop and at the top of their game. And the concerts are FREE. Every year they host … Continue reading

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Chopteeth Afrofunk at Hamilton Live

Last night we joined a group of friends for some rockin’ Afrofunk big band fun. We almost missed it because it wasn’t on the calendar, or perhaps because we were still in a post-vacation haze. Yo was in her PJs … Continue reading

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Coming Clean

I’ve seen a lot of dirty laundry in my time in the biz, along with a lot of dirty horns. It’s always amazed me that people who presumably wash their underwear rarely think of cleaning their horns. After all, we’re … Continue reading

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The Redskins’ Sousas

Not long ago I got a call from Santo, who plays Sousaphone in a local band called Crush Funk. It turns out he also plays in the Redskins marching band, one of only two professional marching bands in the country. … Continue reading

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From C to Shining C

Jonathan Johnson, a fine symphonic trumpet player in Portland, OR, has been bringing his horns to me for 20 years. Now that I’m in DC, he sent his Bach C 229 bell 25H leadpipe horn across the country for a … Continue reading

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Roy Hargrove’s Carbon Fiber Trumpet

Roy Hargrove’s Carbon Fiber Trumpet Last week I got a surprise call from Larry, the band manager for Roy Hargrove, trumpet player extraordinaire. Roy is a world famous jazz trumpet player, arranger and band leader for small ensembles and big … Continue reading

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Good Bones

Tim Dugen dropped by my shop about a week ago with a broken bone. Tim plays a Shires large bore trombone in The President’s Own US Marine Band. He came in to have a bell dent removed, but when I … Continue reading

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Trumpet Mash-up

Marcus brought this unfortunate horn into the shop, sheepishly explaining that he fell onto his trumpet while horsing around in the band room. This reinforces a couple of my repair tech principles: gig bags are dent bags and humans can … Continue reading

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