Jeffrey Strong wins LA Phil 3rd/Utility Trumpet audition
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Jeffrey Strong wins LA Phil 3rd/Utility Trumpet audition

Jeffrey Strong will be the new 3rd/Utility Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  The Fresno native has been 2nd Trumpet with the St. Louis Symphony since 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Strong served as a trumpeter in the U.S. Marine Band from 2009 to 2015.  National Public Radio (NPR) interviewed him in 2011 regarding his … Continue reading

A chat with Arturo Sandoval:  the legendary musician talks about the state of jazz, sharing it with younger generations, the importance of Arban, and much more
Interviews / Music News & Info: Rock, Jazz, World Music, etc.

A chat with Arturo Sandoval: the legendary musician talks about the state of jazz, sharing it with younger generations, the importance of Arban, and much more

The multi-talented Arturo Sandoval, best known as a jazz trumpeter, is in the middle of a four-day residency at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.  He plays a concert tonight, but the bulk of the “Sandoval Jazz Weekend” at The Wallis is devoted to showcasing and engaging young jazz talent … Continue reading

My interview with LA Phil’s Andrew Bain and Tom Hooten for <i>LA Weekly</i>
Interviews / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

My interview with LA Phil’s Andrew Bain and Tom Hooten for LA Weekly

I’m pleased to announce that the good folks at LA Weekly have asked me to start writing for them on a freelance basis.  The first of what I hope will be many articles and reviews in that publication is “An Ex-Marine and a Former Basketball Referee Walk Into Disney Hall…,” an interview with Andrew Bain and … Continue reading

David Bilger on audition prep & what made the difference when he got Philly’s Principal Trumpet chair
Auditions & Appointments / Music News & Info: Classical

David Bilger on audition prep & what made the difference when he got Philly’s Principal Trumpet chair

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal trumpet, David Bilger, has many outlets for sharing his experience and wisdom with other musicians:  he has his own blog, he has teaching positions at The Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University, and he just wrapped up a two-year stint as “William F. and Pamela P. Prokasy Professor in the … Continue reading

Auditions & Appointments / Music News & Info: Classical

Philly Principal Trumpet gets teaching job in Georgia, but is staying with orchestra (for now)

David Bilger, Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995, has accepted a teaching position in Athens, GA. In a letter sent to Peter Dobrin of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Mr. Bilger confirms that:  He will immediately become the “Visiting Professor of Music and William F. and Pamela P. Prokasy Professor in the Arts at the … Continue reading

Auditions & Appointments / Las Vegas / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical / Travel

News of Mr. Hooten and Miss December: how the LA Phil may have found a new Principal Trumpet and CKDH a new favorite blackjack dealer

Long before the closure of Interstate 405 allegedly threatened to end the world as we know it, I had planned to spend this past weekend with family and friends in Las Vegas.  High temperatures were a surprisingly mellow 98-degrees in the shade,  so days were spent outside at the Mandalay Bay lazy river with cold … Continue reading