TBJ73: Weston Sprott

TBJ73: Weston Sprott

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.

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TBJ72: Michael Clayville

TBJ72: Michael Clayville

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.

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TBJ69: Brian Hecht

TBJ69: Brian Hecht

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.

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TBJ66: Joanna Hersey

TBJ66: Joanna Hersey

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.

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TBJ62: Andy Bove of Bove Audio

TBJ62: Andy Bove of Bove Audio

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.

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TBJ58: David Silverman of The Simpsons

TBJ58: David Silverman of The Simpsons

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!)

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TBJ50: Alex Lapins and Tony Tortora

TBJ50: Alex Lapins and Tony Tortora

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.

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TBJ35: Patrick Sheridan

TBJ35: Patrick Sheridan

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.

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TBJ23: David Zerkel

TBJ23: David Zerkel

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.

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TBJ12: Joe Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic

TBJ12: Joe Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic

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.

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TBJ11: Carol Jantsch of the Philadelphia Orchestra

TBJ11: Carol Jantsch of the Philadelphia Orchestra

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.

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TBJ3: Michael Parker of Parker Mouthpieces

TBJ3: Michael Parker of Parker Mouthpieces

Michael Parker is not only one hell of a tuba player. He has also had an incredible amount of success with Parker Mouthpieces in a very short period of time. Many of the finest players in the world play on his stuff and it is only getting better.

Whenever I have an equipment question about anything at all, Michael is the first guy I ask. We were roommates in college and he has been one of my best friends ever since.

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