first teacher, was August H. Schaeffer, Principal Trumpet
with the Cincinatti Symphony and the trumpet instructor
at the Cincinatti Conservatory. He moved to Florida
to retire, and my mom found him, completely by accident.
He took H.L. Clarke's place with Sousa's band when Clarke
retired. I started with him when I was 4 1/2 years old.
He wrote many books and arrangements and was a apecialist
in the upper register. He used to have his trumpet
hanging from the ceiling, and he would walk up to it and
play from pedal "C" up to double high "C", with no hands,
on his Bach #1 mouthpiece. My first mouthpiece was a Bach
2 1/2 C He had me playing Clarke's "Carnival of Venice"
when I was 8 years old, and I had no trouble in playing
the high "F" at the end, at that age on that mouthpiece.
When he died he left a letter sending me to Dr. Modeste
Alloo, Boston Symphony & New York Philharmonic, who
is responsible for whatever I developed into as a player.
Alloo's father was the conductor, for many
years of the National Opera Company in Belgium.
Later on, I studied with Gilbert Johnson, Philadelphia Orchestra,
and earned my Master's on Applied Trumpet with him. I then
studied with Arturo
Sandoval, with whom I still a have strong ties.