Trumpet Dynamics

James Newcomb

The Story of the Trumpet, In the Words of Those Who Play It.... And what a story it is... "Honestly, I had no idea what would come of the show when I began it in 2016," says founder and host James Newcomb. "I knew that podcasting was something I enjoyed, and I enjoy trumpet, so it seemed like a good idea." Well that so called "good idea" is still going strong here in 2022 and beyond. It has become a show with a global audience, featuring trumpeters of all stripes and experience levels from all corners of this Planet Earth. People just like you and me who have real lives, and real problems, and maintain their love of trumpet in spite of everything - and want to impart their experience and knowledge of trumpet, career building, longevity, health and wellness, spirituality and much more with listeners of this show. So grab a hot beverage, your favorite chair and press play on an episode (true listeners listen at 1x speed ha ha). Drop in and say hello and join in on our "Pay it Forward Friday" episodes that are recorded LIVE on the James Newcomb on Trumpet Facebook page each Friday at 10 am EST. To join in, type in jamesnewcombontrumpet.com into your browser and you're all set. Again, thank you for checking out our show. We hope you enjoy it, and hope to meet you either online or in person! James Newcomb

Rex Richardson [SMM]
3d ago
Rex Richardson [SMM]
Trumpet has always been part of my life, and even though it's not my main source of income, it's something for which a flame in the inner man continues to burn. So much so that I continue to create new episodes of my Trumpet Dynamics podcast. It's a hobby for the time being, but it is something I do take quite seriously and am ramping things up to release brand new episodes this month.  In the meantime, I've been republishing a series of episodes I recorded in 2017 called Secrets of the Musical Mind. It's rapid fire questions of world-class musicians asking them what are the secrets to performing at a high level day in and day out.  I'm only keeping these episodes up until the new episodes are released, after which they'll go back into the vault for only the True Listeners to partake. So if you want to take in an episode or two, I suggest you hightail it over to (trumpetdynamics.com) immediately and subscribe on your favorite free podcast player (click or tap the "follow" button on the player to see the options available to subscribe.) Mentioned in this episode: GSD Network This episode is brought to you by the GSD network. Short for “Getting Stuff Done”, the GSD Network offers full service podcast production, audiobook production, copy writing and email marketing, and much more. If it has anything to do with hitting a button that says "publish, "we probably do it. To check out what we have to offer, type in G.S.D. dot network into your browser and you're off to the races. That's G.S.D. dot network
Within the Sphere of the Master: One Man's Journey of Being Mentored and Playing Alongside the Legendary Bud Herseth
Jun 5 2022
Within the Sphere of the Master: One Man's Journey of Being Mentored and Playing Alongside the Legendary Bud Herseth
Welcome to the show. I recently finished a major recording project, the audio version of Within the Sphere of the Master: My Recollections as a Student and Longtime Colleague of Adolph Herseth, Trumpeter Supreme of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Written by Timothy Kent. The audio version of the book is now for sale, and is hosted at our business' mobile app. If you'd like to purchase the audio, it can be found at withinthespherebook.com. This project was a long time in the making, and I sat down with my wife Sana to discuss the book, getting the gig recording it, and some of my own personal recollections and takeaways as a trumpeter with an interest in symphonic music. Among the things we discussed: How I heard of the book and got the gig recording it... My interactions with the author, who is long retired from trumpet playing... Why people should purchase the audiobook... Lessons I learned while recording the book... Why it took THREE YEARS to record it (ugh)... How the book gives an insider's look at life in the CSO... Why the biggest takeaway for me had nothing to do with playing trumpet at its core... And much more! Enjoy today's episode. And we have a special bonus for listeners of the show. You can access the entire chapter titled "Trumpet Lessons with Adolph Herseth" for free. Type in lessonswithbud.com to gain access to the audio. This 57-minute audio will not remain free forever, so I recommend you hightail it on over to that url immediately. Again, it's lessonswithbud.com. Mentioned in this episode: Lessons with Bud Have you heard of a fellow named Bud Herseth? He's only the greatest orchestral trumpeter of all time, and now you can listen to a series of lessons, notes, anecdotes and in-the-trenches advice for free. This 57 minute audio is available for a limited time. Head over to lessonswithbud.com to learn more.
How to Make the Impossible Effortless, Nerves v. Confidence, Recording Carnaval with Wynton Marsalis and Much More with Phil Snedecor
Mar 28 2022
How to Make the Impossible Effortless, Nerves v. Confidence, Recording Carnaval with Wynton Marsalis and Much More with Phil Snedecor
I was going to wait a couple of weeks to publish this episode with Phil Snedecor, but I thought I just played his episode from five years ago last week on the feed, why not just put it up this week? So here we go. In this episode, we dove deep into a lot of really interesting topics, including a continuation on what it means to be nervous versus confident, and how the two intersect in an ideal world. We also talked about how to teach students how to teach themselves to be the best player that they can be, how to know when is enough air to say what we want to communicate with our horn, how to make the difficult things effortless, and much more. We were also treated to my wife Sana being on the call with Phil and myself, and she asked some very poignant questions as well. So enjoy it! In this conversation with Phil Snedecor, you will hear: -Phil gets us up to speed on his whereabouts trumpet wise... -What does it mean when we get nervous?... -When to teach, and when to teach how to teach... -Arnold Jacobs and "singing air"... -More vibration, not more air... -How to make the difficult things easy... -What personalities are naturally attracted to trumpet?... -What it was like to record the Carnaval album with Wynton Marsalis... -And much more! Resources mentioned:Video: ("Gone but Not Forgotten") (New releases on PAS Press) (Phil's YouTube playlist) Here are the pics Phil mentioned of the recording session w/ Wynton: (Attachments-Snedecor links) About the guest: Phil Snedecor is Associate Professor of Trumpet at the  (Hartt School) (of the University of Hartford) in Hartford, CT, and a former faculty member at The Peabody Conservatory, George Mason University and at Towson University. He has written a series of brass etude books that are required repertoire at many colleges and conservatories. His arrangements and compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Phil attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he received the prestigious Performers Certificate and was a member of the premiere brass quintet, the Canterbury Brass. While earning his degrees in trumpet performance and literature, he also studied arranging and composition with Professor Rayburn Wright, formerly arranger for Radio City Music Hall. Mr. Snedecor is a former member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has held one-year positions with the National Symphony, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the Baltimore Opera. He is Principal Trumpet in the Harrisburg (PA) Symphony Orchestra and former Co-Principal Trumpet in the Concert Artists of Baltimore. Mr. Snedecor has performed and toured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. In 1993 Mr. Snedecor and National Symphony Principal Trombonist Milton Stevens co-founded The Washington Symphonic Brass, a 17-piece professional brass ensemble. They perform regularly for the Washington National Cathedral, St. Matthew’s Cathedral, the Basilica at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and with the Washington Choral Arts Society at the Kennedy Center. They were the official instrumental ensemble for the Papal visit of 2008 in Washington DC and are heard regularly in their own concert series in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Their critically acclaimed CDs are available on the Summit and Warner Classics labels. Phil’s innovative programming and arranging for the WSB has led to several guest conductor appearances, most recently with the River City Brass Band (Pittsburgh) and the Breckenridge (CO) Brass. As a show player, he has performed in the touring productions of Guys & Dolls, Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Evita...
When Good Enough is Preferable to Great, Golden Rules for Getting (and Keeping) Gigs, Expression v. Criticism, and Much More with David Dash!
Mar 13 2022
When Good Enough is Preferable to Great, Golden Rules for Getting (and Keeping) Gigs, Expression v. Criticism, and Much More with David Dash!
David Dash is an instructor at the North Carolina School for the Arts, and is currently on a one-year assignment with the North Carolina Symphony.  In James’ interview with David, you’ll hear tips on balancing self-criticism with music-making, dealing with performance anxiety, effective practice strategies and much more! As a reminder, we invite you to subscribe to our email newsletter. It is what is called “infotaining”. It contains valuable information related to your music/business career, in a fun, digestible format. Kind of like eating a hot dog and getting the nourishment of broccoli. At any rate, type in (trumpetdynamics.com) into your browser to subscribe to James’ newsletter, and to subscribe to the show on your favorite podcast player.  In this episode, you'll discover: -When "good enough" is better than great...02:54 -David's start and early influences on trumpet...09:57 -What's the root cause of "performance anxiety"?...18:55 -Expression vs. criticism...22:47 -Effective practice strategies...26:55 -The two golden rules to getting and keeping the gig...35:41 -How the Apex Trumpet Symposium came about...39:34 -And much more! © 2022 JNS Media, LLC Mentioned in this episode: GSD Network This episode is brought to you by the GSD network. Short for “Getting Stuff Done”, the GSD Network offers full service podcast production, audiobook production, copy writing and email marketing, and much more. If it has anything to do with hitting a button that says "publish, "we probably do it. To check out what we have to offer, type in G.S.D. dot network into your browser and you're off to the races. That's G.S.D. dot network
Adam Rapa Describes the Perfect Gig, His Worst Moment as a Performer, Channeling Anxiety into Energy, and Much More.
Feb 27 2022
Adam Rapa Describes the Perfect Gig, His Worst Moment as a Performer, Channeling Anxiety into Energy, and Much More.
What you're about to hear is an interview I did in 2017 with Adam Rapa. Adam's the founder of Lotus Trumpets, which launched just a few weeks after he and I recorded this interview. In fact, I was able to help out with some of the logistics relate to the launch at the ITG conference in Hershey, PA, and I recount some of those memories with an actionable lesson halfway through this episode. **This interview was part of a series of interviews I did in the spring and summer of 2017 I called "Secrets of the Musical Mind. The archives of the entire series can be heard on my mobile app. Visit ( or ( for information on how to download the app and listen to the entire series! In this episode, you'll hear: -Introduction to Adam (2017)...04:00 -Argentinian music described...07:00 -Adam's "worst moment" as a performer....10:05 -How Adam defines "failure" as a performer...14:25 -Reconciling personal and audience expectations...18:15 -"Make Yourself Useful"...22:15 -What Adam is doing 5 minutes before a performance...28:30 -The best performance advice Adam's ever received...29:45 -Advice for dealing with stage fright...31:40 -Adam's "dream performance"...36:20 -And much more... Resources mentioned: Click (here) to read Adam's bio (Lotus Trumpets) (Clarinet Concerto No. 2 featuring Adam Rapa and the Belgian Brass) Mentioned in this episode: GSD Network This episode is brought to you by the GSD network. Short for “Getting Stuff Done”, the GSD Network offers full service podcast production, audiobook production, copy writing and email marketing, and much more. If it has anything to do with hitting a button that says "publish, "we probably do it. To check out what we have to offer, type in G.S.D. dot network into your browser and you're off to the races. That's G.S.D. dot network