Monthly Archives: August 2013

“Tooting my own horn”

Dear MIC trumpet families,

I am really looking forward to getting back to work at MIC! This year is going to be an exciting one, as we now have 6 ensembles and several new students in the studio. Just a reminder that private lessons start Tuesday Sept 3rd, and ensembles start the week of Sept 9th.

On Sept 7th and 8th, I will be playing Principal Trumpet with the Lake Forest Symphony under the direction of Ralph Votapek. Program includes Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. Click here for more information.

Also, some of you know that I have been playing for many years as a member of the Peninsula Music Festival (PMF) in Door County, WI. This is a three week festival (featuring nine different programs) held every August at the Door Auditorium in Fish Creek under the direction of Victor Yampolsky, the director of orchestras at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. It is a fantastic orchestra which I am very proud to be a member of, and I was pleased to see that music critic, John von Rhein, wrote an article about PMF that appeared today in the Chicago Tribune. Click here if you would like to read it. For more information about PMF’s 2014 season, visit the website at Maybe see you there next summer!

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!


“The First Trumpeter”


paleoman_coprightedMeet Ragnar, possibly the first trumpeter in the history of the world. He lived about 15,000 years ago in the caves of Southwest France. Ragnar was admired and feared by others because he knew how to make loud sounds by vibrating his lips into a bison horn – a terrifying noise that could frighten away dangerous predators and enemies.  When hunting animals, Ragnar blew his horn to force them into a trap where other hunters would be waiting to kill them. At night in the cave, Ragnar played his bison horn for family and friends to make musical sounds, to make people dance, and/or to imitate the sounds of animals or human voices.

Sounds of the Bison Horn
At important events such as the birth of a baby, the death of a family member, or when a child became an adult, Ragnar made strange sounds by blowing his bison horn…

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