Category: Big Band

  • Playing in the Commodores

    Playing in the Commodores

    I really enjoyed playing in the U.S. Navy Band jazz ensemble, the Commodores, during August and September of 2013. This was a difficult adjustment for me, as I had not been playing in a big band for a couple of decades prior to that. I had to play mostly second or third trumpet, with an…

  • A remembrance of Sammy Nestico

    A remembrance of Sammy Nestico

    A couple of days ago, world-renowned arranger, Sammy Nestico, died. I will alway cherish memories of high school and college jazz band, learning to play his charts–especially “Basie, Straight Ahead.” As a college trumpet teacher teaching a wide range of trumpet interests in my studio, I will occasionally get out the “Basie-Nestico” lead trumpet book…