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About brendanball

Professional Trumpeter: Soloist, Orchestra Player, Chamber Music, Contemporary Music & Education.

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Contra Bass Trumpet

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Gracie Fields Train…

I arrived back from Germany the other day. I swapped the aeroplane for a train at Manchester for the last leg of my journey home to Liverpool. I was delighted to see that, although badly faded, the train was dedicated … Continue reading

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A Musical Joke…

Ben came into the house with a new harmonica. ‘Grandpa, do you mind if I play this in here?’ ‘Of course not, Ben. I love music. In fact, when your Grandma and I were young, music saved my life.’ ‘What … Continue reading

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Take A Big Breath!

  One of many cartoon drawings by Peter Bond, trumpeter with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Watch out for Peter’s new book on trumpet technique. Due soon…

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Trumpet Tips 4: Big News

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Brendan’s Current Daily Routine!

I have succumbed to the most  popular enquiry on here. ‘What stuff do you practice?’ Things have changed a lot recently and I have been travelling much more than usual. In two months, I have been to Scotland four times, … Continue reading

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Dizzy Gillespie Goes For A Snorkel!

The great John Birks ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie goes for a snorkel!

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The Great Maurice Andre – An Interview

It is five years on since the passing of the great Maurice Andre. He was and remains, in the view of many, the greatest trumpeter of all time. Here is a film showing wonderful footage of the master giving an … Continue reading

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Sibelius & Busoni

Busoni and Sibelius, dedicated drinking buddies. Apparently Henry Wood had to send spies out to keep tabs on them when they were in London so they didn’t miss the gig. They look like absolute rogues – love it.

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