My trumpet genealogy

A few years ago I researched my trumpet . 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 Michael Johnson, 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 , and John Beer. Bernie Adelstein’s teachers were , Irving Sarin, and . Charles Gorham’s teachers were Roy Lee, Powell Everhart, Rober Landholt, John Dilliard, and Herbert L. Clarke. 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

Rudd’s “Side by Side:” keystone habits

I recently read about keystone habits in ’s wonderful new self-published book, Side by Side: Building and Sustaining an Effective Community in the Music Studio. Wiff, trumpet professor at Baylor University, is a voracious reader, referring to many inspiring books throughout. One of them is The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, and from this source, Wiff brings up the concept of “keystone habits,” which are habits that, when fully embraced and followed through for a long period of time, will bring about positive change. For Wiff, his example was introducing group warmup for his studio (“The Hang” or “Tone Bath”). This was such a critical change for Wiff and his studio, building great fundamentals, community, and a shared musical vocabulary.

At the Trumpet Studio, we have been doing group warmups for about three years now, but we can grow with some of the very innovative thoughts Wiff introduces (like skits). And we shall. As of now, my graduate teaching assistant runs the once-a-week warmup, but my goal is to introduce a second warmup session that I will run more like the Baylor Trumpet Studio “Tone Bath” with more fluidity and projects to prepare for professional life (at Baylor, there are two warmups).

I also think about my own keystone habits more keenly now, and I am doing one of them. Writing in this blog. Often I have been discouraged from writing because I have felt that I don’t have anything to contribute, but this is just old man Doubt trying to hold me back. I have come to realize that Trumpet Journey is such a great place for me to learn and share my learning about the trumpet. The other that is so critical for me is exercise. When I exercise each day, my body and mind are much more awake and willing to do the work they are capable of doing (plus, during exercise, I can practice Pimsleur French and listen to Audible books!).