Zoom clinicians

Since the global COVID-19 pandemic hit us in 2020, trumpet teachers have shifted almost exclusively to virtual lessons and . This has had the negative effect of not being able to listen directly to students’ tones (and, of course, students’ audio equipment and the fickle sound quality of has not helped).

But a great positive effect has emerged–virtual clinics. These have enabled trumpet clinicians to give clinics anywhere in the world–from anywhere in the world, at the push of a button. In the spring of 2020, I hosted 10 guest clinicians, at Colorado State University. For the fall of 2020, we were fortunate to have 13 guest artists. Some of my personal favorites were , Ashley Hall, , , Michael Suttle, Raquel Samayoa, Bill Pfund, , Kenny Rittenhouse and (but there were many other awesome clinicians–too many to list here!).

This upcoming spring semester, I will be hosting 18 clinicians by Zoom!  Here is the lineup and the general topic of each clinic:

Jan 27 Corry Peterson (music educator/trumpet and jazz)
Feb 3 Ashley Killam (advocating for underrepresented composers)
Feb 10 Wiff Rudd (building community)
Feb 17 Elisa Koehler (research as a trumpeter)
Feb 24 (Baroque trumpet; keyed trumpet)
Mar 3 Jason Dovel (academic career; baroque trumpet)
Mar 10 Sarah Stoneback (maintaining a good presence on social media)
Mar 17 Justin Emerich (chamber/orchestral differences)
Mar 24 Brian Shaw (jazz/lead/soloing)
Mar 31 Natalie DeJong (Suzuki trumpet and being trumpeter in Canada)
Apr 7 Nancy Taylor (healthy musicianship)
Apr 21 Tom Palance (jazz and classical crossover)
Apr 28 Chris Sala (efficiency; military music)
May 5 Stian Aarkeskjold (keyed trumpet, chamber music etc in Norway)
May 12 Billy Gerlach (orchestra trumpet)

Also, we will have a virtual trumpet day on March 27 (9am to 12:30pm, mountain time zone) with fantastic featured artists:

José Chafer (renowned Spanish soloist and teacher)
Ed Carroll (prof. at CalArts; expert in extreme trumpet literature)
Chris Still (2nd trumpet, LA Phil; founder of “Honesty Pill”)

If you are interested in listening to these, most will be live streamed and archived on the CSU Trumpet Studio Facebook Page. If you want to actually participate on the Zoom meeting, comment below, and I will help you with the credentials.

My prediction: after this pandemic has gone away, I think the virtual clinic will stay with the entire trumpet community.

My trumpet genealogy

A few years ago I researched my trumpet genealogy. By that, I mean my trumpet family tree of teachers, starting with my own teachers. Then I found out who their teachers were (my “grand teachers”). And then who were the teachers of those teachers (my “great grand teachers”)–and so on. Below is a brief written trumpet genealogy. I have put really famous trumpeters in bold.

My teachers were , prof. of trumpet at the University of Alabama; , principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra, prof. at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Indiana University; , prof. at Indiana University; , instructor of baroque trumpet at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam; and a few other teachers.

My “grand teachers”

Michael Johnson’s teachers were John Lindenau, and John Beer. Bernie Adelstein’s teachers were , , and . Charles Gorham’s teachers were Roy Lee, Powell Everhart, Rober Landholt, John Dilliard, Edwin Franko Goldman and . Friedemann Immer’s teacher was .

My “great grand teachers” (and beyond)

John Lindenau’s teacher was Clifford Lillya, whose teacher was Veran Florent. Dennis Schneider’s teachers were John Schildneck and Jack Snider.

Louis Davidson’s teacher was Max Schlossberg, whose teachers were his brother Joseph Schlossberg, Marquard Putkammer, Adolph Souer and Julius Kozlic. Irving Sarin’s teachers were Robert Yagel and George Mager (Mager was both my “grand teacher and my “great grand teacher”). George Mager’s teacher was J. Mellet, whose teacher was J.B. Arban, whose teacher was François Dauverne, whose teacher was Joseph-David Buhl, whose teacher was J.E. Altenburg, whose teacher was his father, Johann Kaspar Altenburg. Harry Glantz’s teacher was Gustav Heim.

Hebert L. Clarke’s teachers were his brother, Edwin, and his father, William Horatio. Edwin Franko Goldman’s teacher was Jules Levy.


Here is a graphic chart I made for my trumpet genealogy.

Trumpet Genealogy of Stan Curtis