Deanna Swoboda is a one hell of a musician and businesswoman. She teaches tuba and euphonium as well as entrepreneurship at Arizona State University, is the former tuba player for Dallas Brass and the woman behind Brass Rap.Read More
Doug Rosenthal is a phenomenal trombone player for the Washington National Opera and one hell of an awesome human. Love this guy! What a great interview we had with him while he was in Chicago playing Bass Trumpet on the Lyric Opera's Ring Cycle.Read More
Bill Pritchard is a bad, bad man. He is a good friend and one hell of a creative force within the brass and tuba world today. I love how he is always moving his art forward, not just trying to "master" what he can already do. We can all learn a lot from him.Read More
This was one of my favorite episodes we've ever done of The Brass Junkies. Weston Sprott, Acting Principal Trombone of the Metropolitan Opera, is as thoughtful a human being as you will ever find. We talked about his incredible career and also went into the diversity issues still facing the industry today. A lot of food for thought.Read More
Michael is a founding member of Alarm Will Sound, a group that has been awarded the ASCAP Concert Music Award for “the virtuosity, passion and commitment with which they perform and champion the repertory for the 21st century” and which has been called the “future of classical music” by the New York Times. In addition to being its trombonist, Michael is also the Director of Marketing for Alarm Will Sound.Read More
Jonathan Dorn has played tuba for everyone from Leon Redbone to The Philadelphia Orchestra and got to hang out with John Belushi in the 70s, 'nuff said. He shares incredible (and hilarious stories) from over 50 years in the business.Read More
My good friend Brian Hecht, bass trombonist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, joined us on The Brass Junkies to talk about the incredible career he has had. This dude has played with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and over a dozen other major symphony orchestras. And he's only 32 which is insane.Read More
Without a doubt this is the most important conversation that we've had in 2.5 years of Brass Junkies interviews.
We were joined again by our dear friend Joanna Hersey who is currently the President of the International Women's Brass Conference. She went in depth about what it is like to be a woman in a male-dominated brass world. Probably my favorite part was when she offered some incredibly practical suggestions for how we can empower young women who play brass.Read More
Andy Bove is one of the most talented dudes I know. As you will hear in this episode, we go way back to 1991 when we were both students at the Empire Brass Seminar at Tanglewood.
Seriously, Andy is a phenomenal tuba player, one of the best recording engineers in the world and just an all-around incredible musicians. I have learned so much from him over the years. I had a whole lot of fun making this episode.Read More
Joanna rocks! She is one of my favorite tuba players, can teach her tail off and is just one of the most energetic, positive people you'll ever meet. She is just an A+ human. I could interview her every week and never get bored.Read More
David Silverman plays a sousaphone with flames shooting out the bell and was one of the original animators on The Simpsons! I feel like this possibly makes him the perfect human.
In all seriousness, he is a Hollywood legend and a fixture at Burning Man. What a life this guy has led! It was a blast talking to him about all of it. (Especially asking him about the Simpsons episode that featured Phish!)Read More
This was perhaps the funniest episode we've done yet. A listener took us up on a challenge we never thought anyone would ever do: perform an audition behind a screen on a vuvuzela. We were true to our word and had the University of Tennessee student on the podcast but didn't tell him that his teacher was on the line, too. Hilarity ensued. Dr. Lapins also went into some great details about preparing for a college auditions.Read More
Dennis is one of the best tuba players and teachers you'll ever met. It was only a matter of time before he was running the whole show at UNCG because they don't come much smarter than him, which you can tell from this interview.Read More
Pat is one of my best friends and one of my biggest inspirations as both a musician and an entrepreneur. His career is unparalleled between being a member of the President's Own Marine Band and one of the most in-demand tuba soloists in the world. They broke the mold with this guy. And while I've never taken a single lesson from him, I consider him one of my teachers. He's that good.Read More
Dan Perantoni! What is there left to say about this guy? A true legend in the tuba world. He's done it all from teaching tuba and euphonium at Indiana University for over 20 years to a spectacular playing career. He has enough stories about the tuba world and the music business to fill about 10 episodes.Read More
David Zerkel is, in my opinion, one of the handful of best tuba soloists in the world. He is a phenomenal musician and musical storyteller who just happens to play the tuba. Don't get me wrong, he is also one of the best tuba operators in the world, but it is his storytelling that leaves me in awe and usually headed to the practice room after hearing him perform.Read More
Scott is one of those crazy talented musicians that seems to have no limitations at all. His tuba playing, writing, piano playing and showmanship are all world class. You kind of have to be a little in awe of people who can do that many things that well!Read More
What is there left to say about Joe Alessi? Many consider him the greatest trombone player in the world. He is the Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic and also solos all over the world. He also finds time to teach at Juilliard. He is a generational talent.Read More
Do want to sum up Carol Jantsch in one story? Earlier this year she became the first tuba soloist to ever perform on the subscription series of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She performed her solo four times in a week and every time was asked by the audience to play an encore. So she proceeded to play a different solo as an encore all four nights!
I was backstage after the final performance and one of the violins in the orchestra came up to her and told her that her playing that week had made him reevaluate his entire approach to his own instrument.
She is a generational talent and was a wonderful interview.Read More
What an incredible talent Victor Barranco is! And what a life story! The list of guys who can play both classical and jazz as well as Victor is very, very short. In short, he is a phenomenal musician who just happens to play the trombone.Read More