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“That’s Not Spit, It’s Condensation” is a weekly podcast with conversations and discussions about all things music. In it, we’ll peel back the layers of what makes great musicians great, hoping to inspire others to achieve their maximum potential.http://thatsnotspit.com

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“That’s Not Spit, It’s Condensation” is a weekly podcast with conversations and discussions about all things music. In it, we’ll peel back the layers of what makes great musicians great, hoping to inspire others to achieve their maximum potential.http://thatsnotspit.com

    #178: Winning The Job In The President's Own | Ben Gunnarson

    #178: Winning The Job In The President's Own | Ben Gunnarson

    Ben Gunnarson is a trumpet player and music educator based in Los Angeles, California. He is currently Principal Trumpet of the Bay Philharmonic and also is a member of the Disneyland Band. After growing up in Frederick, MD, he earned is Bachelor’s Degrees in Trumpet Performance and Music Education from Indiana University and is pursuing his Masters Degree at the University of Southern California under the mentorship of Thomas Hooten and Jennifer Marotta. He also studied abroad in Vienna, Austria with Vienna Philharmonic trumpet player Rudolph Amon. Mr. Gunnarson was a Fellow and Teaching Assistant at the 2023 Brevard Summer Music Festival and participated in the 2022 National Brass Ensemble Academy at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Other notable teaching experiences include the Bluecoats, The Company, the Santa Clara Vanguard, the USC Trojan Marching Band, Tonebase, Disney Performing Arts, and the Disney Youth Education Series.
    Mr. Gunnarson’s performing credits include the Tony® and Emmy® winning broadway production of BLAST! The Music of Disney, the LA Film Conducting Institute Studio Orchestra, Seth MacFarlane Big Band, the American Youth Symphony, California Young Artists Symphony, Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Oakland Symphony, Cinematic Brass, the Disneyland All-American College Band, the Disneyland Candlelight Herald Trumpets, the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, and in productions of West Side Story, Dreamgirls, South Pacific, Mack and Mabel, and Cabaret. He is active in the L.A. recording studios, including Warner Brothers Studios, Fox Studios, Capital Records, EastWest Records, and Evergreen Studios. Mr. Gunnarson has been involved with Drum Corps International since 2013 as a performing member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps including their championship season, as well as their 2022 Alumni Corps. In 2023, his trumpet quintet achieved first place at the National Trumpet Competition representing the University of Southern California. Most recently, he was selected to be a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C. 
    Ben maintains a large private teaching studio and is an active freelancer in LA, and currently serves as Vice President and Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Brass Alliance. The group has world-premiered over 30 new works for brass ensemble, and provides inclusive educational and fellowship opportunities for emerging professional musicians across the L.A. region. He lives in Buena Park with his fiancé Elizabeth, who is an exquisite tuba player, and their cat, Avery. 
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    #177: Dan Carson | My Road To The Chicago Symphony

    #177: Dan Carson | My Road To The Chicago Symphony

    Daniel Carson comes to the CSO after previously holding the position of principal bass at the Alabama Symphony Orchestra from 2013-16, and having performed with numerous other American orchestras, including those in Atlanta, St. Louis, Minnesota and Kansas City.
    Carson was a fellow at the New World Symphony, under the direction of co-founder and Artistic Director Laureate Michael Tilson-Thomas and has also been a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Music Academy of the West, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Originally from Glenview, Illinois, Carson studied double bass with Andrew Anderson, a member of Lyric Opera of Chicago and Grant Park orchestras. He was a member of the youth music program Midwest Young Artists Conservatory throughout high school.
    Carson earned a Bachelor’s degree in performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Lawrence Hurst and Bruce Bransby. Later he earned a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California, studying with David Allen Moore of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
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    #176: Wiff Rudd | How To Practice The Trumpet

    #176: Wiff Rudd | How To Practice The Trumpet

    Wiff Rudd began teaching trumpet and serving as Brass Area Coordinator at Baylor University in 2002. Previous teaching posts include Oklahoma Baptist University and the University of Arkansas. A founding member of Rhythm & Brass, he is also an active soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. He has been a featured soloist in Carnegie Hall on multiple occasions and at several National Trumpet Competitions and International Trumpet Guild Conferences. Rudd has performed and presented master classes at more than 350 universities and music festivals on five continents. He serves as principal trumpet with the Waco Symphony and performs regularly with the orchestras of Houston (Moscow 2012), Dallas (Europe 2013 and 2016), and Harrisburg. Baylor’s trumpet ensembles have won six prizes at the National Trumpet Competition since 2009, including three first place wins. In 2010, Rudd received the Award for Outstanding Teaching and was named the Centennial Professor, which provided funding for research in collaborative practice. The resulting book, Collaborative Practice Concepts, was released at the 2013 and has been adopted by many university trumpet studios across the country.
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    #175: Jesse Cook | How to Practice the Trumpet

    #175: Jesse Cook | How to Practice the Trumpet

    Dr. Jesse Cook has been hailed by Fanfare Magazine as a trumpeter with “technical surety, a shining tone, dynamic control, a smooth legato, and real imagination.”

    Dr. Cook is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Central Florida and the Principal Trumpet of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. He has also held appointments as Principal Trumpet of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, and as the Studio Professor at Valdosta State University (GA), Pittsburg State University (KS), and Northeastern State University (OK). 

    Dr. Cook received his DMA from the University of Texas at Austin. He regularly plays with The Florida Orchestra and has appeared with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Alabama Symphony and the Jacksonville Symphony. Dr. Cook has also appeared as a soloist with the Brass Band of Central Florida, in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #2 with the Austin Bach Cantata Project, Bernstein's Mass for Wind Ensemble and Brass Quintet with the Austin Symphonic Band, the Wind Ensemble at the University of Texas at Austin, and L'Histoire du Soldat with the Round Top Festival Orchestra Faculty.

    Dr. Cook is also a founding member of the Palisade Trumpet Collective, a leading professional trumpet ensemble in the United States. PTC has commissioned several new works for trumpet ensemble and toured across Texas, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and will release its debut album, “Palisades: New Music for Trumpet Ensemble” in June 2023 on Mark Records.

    A frequent recitalist and clinician, Dr. Cook has performed for and instructed students at universities across the United States of America and Europe. He is a regular judge at competitions with the International Trumpet Guild and National Trumpet Competition, has written several articles published in the International Trumpet Guild Journal and was an invited speaker at the 2019 National Trumpet Competition, the 2019 International Trumpet Guild Conference, the 2017 Georgia Music Educators Association Conference, the 2014 Texas Music Educator Association annual conference, and the 2014 International Trumpet Guild conference.
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    #174: Stephen Wadsack | Audition Preparation

    #174: Stephen Wadsack | Audition Preparation

    Stephen M. Wadsack serves as the Instructor of Trumpet and director of Wright State University's Jazz Studies program offerings. In addition to his responsibilities with the trumpet studio and jazz studies, Stephen teaches courses in music history, coaches chamber music ensembles, and serves as the coordinator of the Faculty Brass Quintet. Prior to his appointment at Wright State in the Fall of 2022, Wadsack previously served on the faculties of Wilmington College (OH), Thomas More University (KY), and the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). He is also a certified K-12 music educator, endorsed to teach instrumental, choral, and general music.
    As a performer, Stephen regularly appears with a wide variety of ensembles throughout the tri-state area, ranging from major symphony orchestras to chamber music groups, jazz ensembles, and Baroque period performance groups. Recent credits include ensembles such as the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati May Festival, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Kentucky Baroque Trumpets, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra (KY), Richmond Symphony Orchestra (IN), and Springfield Symphony Orchestra (OH). Wadsack is also in demand as a commercial/jazz trumpeter and recording artist; he can regularly be seen and heard performing in the live band at Kings Island amusement park, which entertains over 3.5 million guests over an 8-month season. Stephen has recently performed as a featured recitalist for the Troy-Hayner Center Soloist Recital Series, and as soloist with the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra (OH), Wright State University Treble Chorus, Round Lake High School Jazz Ensembles (IL), Wilmington High School Symphonic Band (OH), and the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra (WY). In the Fall of 2022, Stephen made his debut as a Guest Conductor with the North Platte District Honor Band in Casper, Wyoming.
    As an academic researcher, Wadsack is published in both the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Journal and Wyoming Windsong, the Wyoming Music Educators' Journal. In 2022, Stephen was invited to present research at both the 2022 North American Baroque Trumpet Conference and the 2022 ITG Conference; topics include a paper presentation on the trumpet nomenclature of J.S. Bach, as well as a presentation on the college audition process for prospective high school and graduate students pursuing a program in applied music. In addition to his appointment at Wright State, Wadsack maintains an active schedule as a guest artist/clinician for various high school, collegiate, and professional programs around the United States. To date, Stephen has engaged in residencies, masterclasses, and recitals at over 60 middle school, high school, and university music programs; he has also been a featured performing artist at numerous regional, state, and national music conferences.Outside of musical pursuits, Stephen enjoys connecting with friends, family, and current/former students. He is very passionate about the outdoors, hiking, fly fishing, distance running, and traveling to new places (especially National and State Parks). At home, Stephen regularly enjoys hosting board game nights, reading, all things coffee, and even brewing his own beer. He is also particularly proud of his Wyoming heritage (Go Pokes!). Stephen is happily married to his wife and "adventure partner", Casey, who is a certified social worker. Together, they have begun working to present research-based strategies on implementing trauma-informed pedagogy in the realm of higher education.
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    #173: Micah Reinharz | Audition Preparation

    #173: Micah Reinharz | Audition Preparation

    As the current Principal Trumpet of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and graduate student in trumpet performance under John Rommel at Indiana University, Micah's career and studies in music have prepared him to succeed professionally at a high level of musicianship. Micah completed his undergraduate studies at Northwestern University and has had ample opportunity to play in high-caliber ensembles and with a wide range of world-renowned brass players. 
    Micah has had the privilege of studying with many leading orchestral trumpet players in the United States, most prominently Tom Rolfs, Michael Sachs, and David Bilger, principal trumpets of the Boston, Cleveland, and Philidelphia Orchestras respectively. Along with these players, Micah has been able to study with and be mentored by brass players in the National Symphony Orchestra, Cincinati Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Ochestra, and the New York Philharmonic.  Micah has had the opportunity to perform across the country and beyond with world-class conductors including, Steve Lockhart, Damon Gupton, Ken David Masur, Tito Muñoz, Ankush Kumar Bahl, Ken Lam, Katharina Wincor, and Joann Falletta. 
    Along with his high degree of instruction and influence, Micah have also gained valuable orchestral experience at intensive programs such as the Berlin Opera Academy and the Brevard Music Center. There, some of his most memorable performances included playing alongside soloists Joshua Bell and Kirill Gerstein. In addition, Micah is an active substitute with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony in Miami where he recently played on opening night of their 35th season.
    Outside of the trumpet, Micah is a Real Estate agent based in Virginia and enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and teaching younger musicians.
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

andystetson ,

Listen to this podcast (but you still shouldn't drink it)

UPDATE: 150 episodes in and I’m still hooked. The introductory material is just as iconic today as it was in episode one. The production value was super high then and is even higher now. There’s even sponsors!

Still comfortable. Still safe. Still just condensation.


Episode one review:

Two episodes in and I'm hooked. Amazing introductory material, closing themes, and world famous guests. The host has the kind of voice that makes you feel warm inside. Comfortable. Safe. Not at all threatening. If you happen to be a trumpet player, the content is first rate. You can learn a lot if you can get past the distraction of the super high production value.

bcolmark ,

Most inspiring podcast I have ever listened too

Ryan does an excellent job at bringing in other professionals (mostly musicians) to talk about their stories. It is amazing to hear how Ryan is learning from his colleagues and what the general listener can learn! This IS NOT a podcast for musicians, but rather a podcast for anyone who wants to learn about ways to take different life approaches. 10/10 recommend and I hope you can learn something!

MJ96K ,

Great Podcast

If you’re a musician or just a person trying to better themselves in any way this podcast is a great choice. Ryan does a great job interviewing people from all facets of the music world, documenting their experiences in their field. Though I’m a musician and teacher my favorite episodes are when he’s talking about life and self-improvement. My favorite was when he talked about its not the critic who counts. With that said, Ryan does an excellent job and you’re only going to leave encouraged and inspired to give your best after listening to his podcast. Keep it coming!

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