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 . Bernie Adelstein’s teachers were , , and Harry Glantz. Charles Gorham’s teachers were Roy Lee, Powell Everhart, Rober Landholt, John Dilliard, and Herbert L. Clarke. Friedemann Immer’s teacher was Walter Holy.

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

Happy New Year from Trumpet Journey!

We finally left 2020, a year of pandemic, fires, hurricanes, election upheaval and great difficulty for gigging trumpeters. We will still experience many of these problems going forward but hopefully less.

2020 did bring some good things. I learned quite a lot about trumpet repertoire, when I created a database of trumpet literature during the summer. In addition, we were all blessed by incredible recordings by amazing trumpeters, who had a lot of time on their hands. I was fortunate to play several concerts in 2020: outdoors and socially distanced. Perhaps the most special thing for me was getting elected as Vice President of the Historic Brass Society, which I have loved since the late 1980s. In one year, I will automatically become the President of the HBS, and will have to make do without the help of the amazing Jeff Nussbaum, who has been the president for decades. We will all miss his wisdom and hard work in the early brass community.

I did make a resolution for the new year: to blog every day on this site. One other thing you might notice is that the “This Day in History” widget has been re-activated and will be updated every day. Today, you will notice many interesting trumpeters mentioned, including , Bengt Eklund and .

Harry Glantz, famous trumpet soloist and orchestral player, was born on this day in 1896. He was one of the main teachers of , who was one of my main teachers.