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 Michael Johnson, prof. of trumpet at the University of Alabama; Bernard Adelstein, principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra, prof. at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Indiana University; Charles Gorham, prof. at Indiana University; Friedemann Immer, 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, Dennis Schneider and John Beer. Bernie Adelstein’s teachers were Louis Davidson, Irving Sarin, George Mager and Harry Glantz. Charles Gorham’s teachers were Roy Lee, Powell Everhart, Rober Landholt, John Dilliard, Edwin Franko Goldman 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


10 responses to “My trumpet genealogy”

  1. Peter Czekaj Avatar
    Peter Czekaj

    Wondering how I’d go about doing this….. My main college teacher died a few years ago, so I can’t ask him his teachers. Is there a resource for this?

    1. Who was he, Pete?

      1. OK–your teacher was David Kuehn. David Kuehn (from Colorado) studied with George Roy, Edward Lenicheck (I was trying to find out if he was a relative of Charles Edwin Lenicheck–a somewhat famous trumpeter in Colorado), and Frank Baird. I can trace Frank Baird back. He studied with Jesse Fields, Frank Simon, W. Vacchiano and Haskell Sexton. Frank Simon studied with Herman Bellstedt and H.L Clarke. Vacchiano studied with Frank Knapp, Del Staigers, HL Clarke, G. Mager, Kloepfel, W.M. Smith, Gustav Heim and M. Schlossberg. Haskell Sexton was a student of Joseph Gustat (principal of St. Louis Orch and a teacher of Miles).

        1. Bob Shaklee Avatar
          Bob Shaklee

          Charles Edwin “Ed” Lenicheck taught Music for many years in Denver Public Schools as well as private Trumpet lessons. He was first Trumpet and then conductor of the Denver Municipal Band from 1940’s through 1080’s. I think Edward Lenicheck is the same prson. I believe Kuehn also played in the Denver Municipal Band for a number of years.

          1. Thanks for this, Bob!!

          2. Bob Shaklee Avatar
            Bob Shaklee

            Should read 1940’s through 1980’s

  2. Stan, really enjoyed reading your article. ! I should mention that Charlie Gorham told me about his studies with William Vacchiano, but I do not know how long he studied with him. He studied with him. He also told me that he studied with Schlossberg, and gave me some of the photocopies of Schlossberg’s handwritten exercises from before the book was published.

    1. Brant–I didn’t know about these connections. Thanks for letting me know!

  3. Liesa Hotz Avatar
    Liesa Hotz

    I was a student of John Lindenau at Interlochen Arts Academy. I’m wondering if he’s still alive. I could never find an obituary. He’d be over 100 years old now…

    1. Liesa, I can’t find anything on John’s birth or death dates. I’d like to know more, too. My guess is that he is not alive.

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