Rob Perry plays to Triple High C and Beyond

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Fri, 05/13/2016 - 11:46

Rob Perry has studied with Jeff Purtle since May 2012 and KO Skisness shot this video of Rob at the Stomvi booth at the 2013 International Trumpet Guild Conference. Rob is a comeback trumpet player and at the time of this video he had been playing less than two years. Also, he had never played a Triple High C before studying with me.

The Seven Natural Elements of Brass Playing Video by Claude Gordon Jeff Purtle Fri, 05/13/2016 - 11:09
The Seven Natural Elements of Brass Playing Video by Claude Gordon
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Woodwind Doubling by Mary AllyeB Purtle

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 18:05

Woodwind Doubling

Good Reasons to play multiple woodwind instruments

• enjoyment of the different instruments
• to make yourself more marketable
     - jazz
     - musicals/broadway shows
     - orchestras (mainly primary/secondary instrument doubling)
     - weddings
     - parties
     - teaching

Oboe Reeds

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 18:04

Oboe Reeds

Good oboe reeds are one of three elements (i.e. a good instrument, a good teacher, and good reeds) that are essential for oboe students to progress properly. Bad oboe reeds allow the student to play in a way that more easily develops bad habits that will last for years into the future. Good reeds result in less frustration for the student that practices correctly.

Machine Made vs. Handmade Reeds

Tools to make reeds and their cost

Skill to make reeds and their cost

Claude Gordon - Master Teacher (The Brass Herald, October 2008 issue) by Jeff Purtle

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 09:09

I first met Claude in the summer of 1984 at his CG Brass Camp. I was immediately struck by his encouraging and positive attitude. He believed anyone could become a great player and accomplish what others said were only for a gifted few. He showed how all the great players played the same way in regards to fundamentals (i.e. defined as The Seven Basic Items) and that it could done by anyone.

I began private lessons with him on July 24, 1984 at age 16. I studied consistently over the next ten years and eventually became one of the staff at the CG Brass Camp.

National Trumpet Competition 2014 - Harry Kim

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 09:08

Harry Kim will be a featured artist at the National Trumpet Competition. Harry will be doing a unique multimedia presentation on Life Lessons As a Musician that will be practical for anyone aspiring to a rewarding career. Also, Harry and Rick Baptist will be playing a concert with the United States Navy Band Commodores. Then, Harry Kim and Rick Baptist will do a panel discussion about the music business.

Greenville County Youth Orchestra in Greenville, South Carolina - A Vision Accomplished

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 09:06

Greenville County Youth Orchestra (GCYO) is now the name that encompasses two youth orchestras named the Young Artist Orchestra (previously GCYO) and The Philharmonic (The Phil) that take place at the Fine Arts Center, which is part of the Greenville County School District.

Claude Gordon Students on Trumpet and Brass Instruments

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 09:02

Name • Instrument • Notes
Gordon Ait • Trumpet
Frank Abrahamson •
Bryan Adams •
Jerry Adams •
Jim Adams •
Roberts Alberts •
Burt Alexander •
Tim Allen •
Brad Allison •
Herb Alpert • Trumpet • Unknown number of lessons
Anne Marie Anderson •
Bob Anderson • Trumpet
Dennis Anderson • Trumpet
Manny Angel • 
Jeff Apmadoc •
Charles Armiger •
Brad Astalos •
Carl Azavedo •
Dave Bacon • Trumpet • possible and was on waiting list
Dave Banks • Trumpet