15 episodes

Young or old. Professional or amateur.

You never miss a day of practice... or you're coming back to rediscover the joy you once knew playing your horn.

For those who love and are fascinated with this crazy mass of metal tubing that no one can seem to master -- or is wise enough to not admit it if they have.

This show covers all of the Trumpet Dynamics.

Trumpet Dynamics James Newcomb

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Young or old. Professional or amateur.

You never miss a day of practice... or you're coming back to rediscover the joy you once knew playing your horn.

For those who love and are fascinated with this crazy mass of metal tubing that no one can seem to master -- or is wise enough to not admit it if they have.

This show covers all of the Trumpet Dynamics.

    We Just Couldn't Let Goldy Go...And Then We Had To

    We Just Couldn't Let Goldy Go...And Then We Had To

    When I was a boy, our family had a dog, a loving, not-the-brightest-bulb-on-the-scoreboard golden retriever. We named him "Goldy."
    Goldy was a handful for our family. We lived in the suburbs of Minneapolis at the time. We had a big yard, but no fence, so Goldy would often run away and we'd be off chasing him, hoping to God that we'd find him before the Eden Prairie dog catcher found him.
    Sadly, the dog catcher found him more often than us, and my poor dad (and we were poor) paid a lot of money to get Goldy out of the pound. Money that probably could have been spent on better things.
    But we just didn't have it in us to get rid of Goldy.
    Then Goldy got hit by a car. He was crossing Scenic Heights Road, which had a 45 mph speed limit, and the driver just didn't see him. I think it was close to sundown.
    Poor Goldy lost his eye from the ordeal. He used to walk into walls because he didn't have his left eye. But still we couldn't bring ourselves to let him go.
    When my sister was born, it was too much to keep Goldy, both financially and with chasing him down Hiawatha Ave. Even the loss of an eye wasn't enough to keep him from running off.
    So we gave him to a different family, where I assume he lived out his days happy - and fenced in.
    Reason I bring this up is I've had this podcast called Trumpet Dynamics for the last 5 years. I've enjoyed it. I've learned a lot from it. There have been some good times and bad times doing it.
    But I just don't have the time or bandwidth to continue doing it. I've got too much going on with my business, my marriage, my child. But I can't just let it go. I think it has too much potential to do good in this world.
    Which is why I am opening up the opportunity for someone else to host it. I'll still have proprietary rights to the name, tagline, etc. for the time being but the show will belong to whoever is up for it. Meaning no one will work for me. Maybe that's good, maybe not. I suppose it's good for the right person.
    I'm not going to say that podcasting is the best way to build a personal brand, but I will say that I don't know of a better way to do so. It's a great opportunity for a motivated trumpeter to make a name for themselves in this brutal, unforgiving world in which we've been placed.
    Plus I'll teach everything I know, and put you in touch with other podcasters via a mastermind, to whoever wants the gig.
    To learn more about it, just visit the Committed Media website, and there's a press release located prominently on the home page. It's got all the info you need about it. And if you happen to know someone who might be interested, send them the link, would you?
    https://committedmedia.org (https://committedmedia.org)

    • 9 min
    Mutant Trumpets, Honoring the Past With Futuristic Tech, and Much More w/ Ben Neill!

    Mutant Trumpets, Honoring the Past With Futuristic Tech, and Much More w/ Ben Neill!

    If you're listening to this podcast on Apple or Spotify, you're seriously missing out. The Trumpet Dynamics mobile app has content and exclusive bonuses you won't find on a third-party application.
    To access the mobile app, visit trumpetdynamics.com.
    https://podcastartistry.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/mutantrumpet.jpg (Click or tap here to see a photo of the mutantrumpet.)
    Composer/performer https://benneill.com (Ben Neill) is the inventor of the Mutantrumpet, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument, and is widely recognized as a musical innovator through his recordings, performances and installations. Neill’s music blends influences from electronic, jazz, and minimalist music, blurring the lines between digital media and acoustic instrument performance.
    Neill has recorded eleven albums of his music on labels including Universal/Verve, Thirsty Ear, Astralwerks, and Six Degrees. Currently he is an Artist in Residence at Nokia Bell Labs where he is exploring new modes of emotion transfer and communication between people using music, visual media, and hybrid instruments. Performances include BAM Next Wave Festival, Big Ears Festival, Lincoln Center, Whitney Museum of American Art, Bing Concert Hall at Stanford, Getty Museum, Cite de la Musique Paris, Moogfest, Spoleto Festival, Umbria Jazz, Bang On A Can Festival, ICA London, Istanbul Jazz Festival, Vienna Jazz Festival, and the Edinburgh Festival, among many others. Neill has worked closely with many musical innovators including La Monte Young, John Cage, John Cale, Pauline Oliveros, Rhys Chatham, DJ Spooky, David Berhman, Mimi Goese, King Britt, and Nicolas Collins. Neill also leads concerts of La Monte Young’s The Second Dream of the High Tension Stepdown Line Transformer with an international brass ensemble; performances have recently been presented in New York, Amsterdam, Paris, Amsterdam, Huddersfield, Den Bosch, Oslo, Krems, Koln, Los Angeles, and Warsaw.
    Neill began developing the Mutantrumpet in the early 1980s. Initially an acoustic instrument (a combination of 3 trumpets and a trombone combined into one), he collaborated with synthesizer Robert Moog to integrate electronics. In 1992, while in residency at the STEIM research and development lab for new instruments in Amsterdam, Neill made the mutantrumpet fully computer interactive. In 2008 he created a new version of his instrument at STEIM, and returned there in 2016-17 to design Version 4.0 which made its debut 2019. See a more detailed history of the instrument https://benneill.com/portfolio/mutantrumpethistory/ (here).
    Other current projects include a collaboration with vocalist/composer Mimi Goese that explores the musical and poetic qualities of mathematics and science through collaborations with chaos mathematician Ralph Abraham and the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries. The new songs combine the interplay of Goese’s captivating vocals and the electroacoustic explorations of Neill’s self-designed mutantrumpet with sounds created from fractal mathematics and Hudson River environmental data.
    A native of North Carolina, Neill holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Manhattan School of Music. He studied composition with La Monte Young and was also mentored by composer/performer Jon Hassell in the early 1980’s. Since 2008 he has been a music professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey.
    BEN NEILL PRESS QUOTES
    “Ben Neill is using a schizophrenic trumpet to create art music for the people.”
    Wired Magazine
    “Ben Neill performs the Mutantrumpet, a super-instrument of his own design that he also uses to control lights and other elements in the show. The music is a dense, continously-shifting tapestry of electronic beats.”
    Wired Magazine
    “The avant-garde and EDM come together in music by Ben Neill and his mutantrumpet.”
    WNYC New Sounds/John Schaefer
    “A creative composer, genius performer

    • 57 min
    How Variety, Yoga, Cold Showers (funny, no long tones) Keep Jeroen Berwaerts' Musical Fire Blazing

    How Variety, Yoga, Cold Showers (funny, no long tones) Keep Jeroen Berwaerts' Musical Fire Blazing

    Belgian trumpeter Jeroen Berwaerts is a musical force to be reckoned with, whose all-embracing love of music knows no genre boundaries. Praised for his outstanding technical capabilities and sensitive musicality, his repertoire encompasses every epoch, from baroque to contemporary music and jazz.
    Placing the standard repertoire for trumpet in ingenious programmes and unusual contexts has become Jeroen Berwaerts’ calling card. One such programme places Handel’s Feuerwerksmusik and dances from Rameau’s opera Dardarus alongside chansons by Jacques Brel. The singing roles in such programmes is generally taken up by Jeroen Berwaerts himself, who – alongside his active career as a trumpeter – completed jazz vocal studies at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent
    Jeroen Berwaerts’ extraordinary commitment to contemporary music is evident in the numerous world premieres he has given, including Toshio Hosokawa’s second trumpet concerto Im Nebel and Francesco Filidei’s Carnevale. After Håkan Hardenberger he was the second trumpeter worldwide to add HK Gruber’s Busking (2007) to his repertoire.
    In 2017, Jeroen Berwaerts’ discography was complemented by the album Signals from Heaven, recorded with Salaputia Brass, with whom he is trumpeter, jazz-vocalist and ensemble director. His recording of Paul Hindemith’s trumpet sonata with Alexander Melnikov was released on Harmonia Mundi in 2015. In 2012 he recorded Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Orchestra under Teodor Currentzis with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the same year he recorded Toshio Hosokawa’s Voyage VII with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.
    Jeroen Berwaerts studied in Karlsruhe with the celebrated trumpet virtuoso Reinhold Friedrich. Since 2008, he has been a Professor of Trumpet at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover. Jeroen Berwaerts is Professor in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is an official Yamaha Artist.

    • 48 min
    Horrific Lip Injury Leads to Change in Career and Perspective (Turns Out It’s What Beth Peroutka Was Meant to do All Along)

    Horrific Lip Injury Leads to Change in Career and Perspective (Turns Out It’s What Beth Peroutka Was Meant to do All Along)

    Beth Peroutka had a seemingly unlimited future in front of her. Blessed with a musical upbringing, and an indomitable desire to succeed in whatever she did, she appeared to be on an unstoppable course to her dream gig with the "Pershing's Own" military band in Washington, D.C.
    Of course, everyone feels unstoppable when they're young...
    Beth played trumpet - a lot. Through high school, undergrad at the University of North Texas, graduate studies at Baylor University, and in her doctoral studies again at North Texas.
    It's what she did.
    And if you asked her, she probably would have told you it's who she was.
    The pain in the lip began during the first year of doctoral studies. It would come and go intermittently, then gradually with more frequency and intensity in pain. Then one day during a symphony rehearsal, the pain seared through her face, going as far as underneath her eye. Her lip was the size of a golf ball; the bruising was extensive.
    Beth's days as a trumpet player were effectively over.
    Anyone in that situation would ask themselves, "What could I have done differently?"
    Obviously not play so much. Maybe not play while teaching lessons; maybe pass on a few gig opportunities so you can get proper rest.
    It's easy to be critical in hindsight, or from the sidelines.
    What's not easy is to move on when everything you've done, everything that makes up your identity is no longer there.
    Perhaps it was a quest to learn the precise physical issue behind her injury (to this day, its cause is unknown).
    Perhaps it was a means of finding closure, of seeking a life full of the joy and fulfillment she once knew as a musician.
    Whatever the case, Beth began a journey into the realm of nutrition, fitness and biochemistry. She eventually became a certified personal trainer, working out of her garage, helping her clients discover balance in their bodies, and in turn their lives.
    Beth no longer mourns the abrupt end to her musical career. She's realized that whether she's playing a trumpet, or helping someone relieve pain in their lower back, she's on a big stage.
    The reward for performing on this stage is not the praise and adulation of paying patrons, nor from positive client testimonials.
    It's being in sync with her Creator in body, mind and spirit, living her life in a way that He gives the thumbs up and says, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
    In this conversation with Beth Peroutka, you'll hear:-Beth's start on the trumpet...05:20-Passionate, highly motivated and dedicated musician...09:00-How the injury manifested itself to the point Beth could no longer play...14:00-Coming to terms with the new reality...19:30-Realizing what brings true fulfillment as a professional...26:45-Practical fitness tips for musicians...29:35-What makes a successful life?...38:30And much more...Resources mentioned in this episode:https://amzn.to/3otVRUx (Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease) by Caldwell Esselstyn
    https://549healthandwellness.com (549 Health and Wellness) - Beth's personal training website

    • 42 min
    Turns Out Lips Are Kind Of Important for Trumpeters, Studies Reveal.

    Turns Out Lips Are Kind Of Important for Trumpeters, Studies Reveal.

    Ken Robinson is the founder, face, and president of https://www.robinsonsremedies.com/?ref=19 (Robinson's Remedies). The lips of Robinson's Remedies is the many people who use their products to heal cold sores, relieve swelling and inflammation after a hard day on the job, and generally keep their lips in top shape to do what they love doing.
    Well, maybe some of his customers don't love playing trumpet. They do it because it pays the bills.
    That's okay. We won't judge. Maybe the Trumpet Dynamics podcast will bring the joy back to their weary hearts, and Ken's stuff will keep the lips fresh.
    Whatever it takes to keep the music flowing like milk and honey in the promised land, right?
    In my conversation with Ken, you'll hear:-About his new album he's producing with all this time on his hands thanks to the COVID-19 lockdowns...01:45-All trumpets are actually cornets...05:30-James' latest mishap involving The Trumpet Shall Sound...10:00-Fixing bad habits during a long layoff from the horn...13:00-The fascinating ingredients and physiological effects of the Lip Renew product...17:12-Looking on the bright side w/ no gigs on the horizon...21:45https://www.robinsonsremedies.com/?ref=19 ()**I'm a proud affiliate of Robinson's Remedies. I hope you'll take advantage of their special sale for Black Friday, where you can get one product for free when you buy one of equal or lesser value.





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    • 27 min
    The Show Must Go On. European Trumpeter Flourishes In Spite of COVID Restrictions (And How You Can Too)

    The Show Must Go On. European Trumpeter Flourishes In Spite of COVID Restrictions (And How You Can Too)

    Conversations like this inspire me to pick up my horn, turn on my iPhone camera and just hit "record" and see what happens.
    Floris Onstwedder is a trumpet soloist based in The Netherlands and Switzerland. In normal circumstances, he plays the finest concert halls in the world with his stunning virtuosity and lyricism on the trumpet.
    In "other than normal" circumstances, Floris remains undeterred from sharing his gifts with the world. And although the present conditions are far from optimal, he has discovered new ways to share his gifts and build a following around the world.
    Here are a few highlights of the conversation between James Newcomb and Floris Onstwedder:-Adjusting fire with coronavirus lockdowns...04:05-A thorough smackdown of the "let's wait for the government to validate art" argument...13:43-New opportunities to reach an audience thanks to the lockdowns...21:43florisonstwedder.com
    trumpetdynamics.com

    • 34 min

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KRMoore ,

Well done!

Great podcast! Thorough questions and great space for the guests to answer without being led or tied to a script too closely. Looking forward to listening more!

Cliff Duvernois ,

From a former cornet player …

This is a great collection of stories, told through the eyes of someone who has played the trumpet for years. The solo episodes and the interviews are spot on not only with the struggles inherent to being a musician but also the thoughts behind the players. Anyone thinking of turning their trumpet into a full time career, or even a side hustle, will get benefit from the insights shared in each episode. Play on!

Duffash ,

Brilliant Show for Trumpeters!

James Newcomb is an excellent guest that brings us deep into the world of Trumpeters something I never thought I would be able to learn from. This is a very interesting show!

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