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Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Yesterday I was working with a young musician the age of 17 and I was reminded of why I do what I do. Getting to hear and help talented musicians of all ages has it’s rewards. Not only was the father ecstatic that his son sounded better than he ever had, the scholarship auditions are approaching for this player. The instrument (I felt) will help him get a better scholarship than on his old clunker, and definitely motivate him to practice. I remember when I purchased my Edwards how much I practiced after the new Edwards was in my hands….

With the non stop shows (that seem to grow in numbers), look for us at the American Trombone Workshop in DC, ITG in Hershey PA, ITF in the Redlands CA, Alessi Seminar in September, Midwest in Chicago in December, and TMEA again next February.

If you are young enough to do any of the competitions available, then you should. I still regret not entering these when I was young enough. Even attending these conferences can light a fire under you and keep you motivated. Many times when working on new things or concepts it’s hardest to keep things fresh and moving forward.

Brian Allen’s “Rewritable” to be Performed at ITF 2010

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Howdy folks,

I’m proud to announce that my trombone quartet “Rewritable” is being performed by the Stephen F. Austin Trombone Choir under the direction of Dr. Deb Scott this Wednesday, July 7 at ITF 2010 in Austin. The performance takes place at 7:15pm in Bates Hall, Butler School of Music at the University of Texas.

Unfortunately, I am unable to attend the festival in my own home state, for pete’s sake (I’m recording and playing in Mexico City), but I’ll be there in spirit. Please go if you can and support this ensemble. They premiered my piece at the 2009 TMEA Convention and are still not sick of it, even after a year and a half of practice.

On a personal note, I studied with Deb when I was in high school. I learned so much from her and got hip to so much music, literature and recordings, coinciding with me catching the jazz, experimental music and composition bugs. She’s always been supportive and encouraging of whatever I’m going after. I’m lucky to have had her as a teacher. Judging from a few visits to SFA over the past few years, I’d wager that her current students feel the same.

Have fun, enjoy the BBQ and the A/C.

Brian

Where Can You Get an Edwards?

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Well, at www.edwards-instruments.com or Dillon Music or Washington Music.

Or at our upcoming trade shows.

Up next is the Texas Music Educators Association annual convention in San Antonio. TMEA is a huge event and this year I’m bringing a lot of horns (along with a few that only a handful of people have ever played). Be sure to stop by our booth to take part in some beta tests! It’s my goal to show you that our horns are best in your hands being used to create music and further yourself as a musician.

After TMEA we’ll be attending the National Trumpet Competition and Eastern Trombone Workshop in March. Trumpet players will be able to play test our new Eb (the one that’s been in development for three or so years). It’s actually been done for quite some time now, but we were finalizing a few small details before putting it into production.

Christan

Another Audition, Another Edwards Artist Wins

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

We’re thrilled to announce another audition win for an Edwards artist. Nathan Zgonc, formerly of the San Antonio Symphony and currently serving as principal trombonist in the Utah Symphony, won the principal position in the Vancouver Symphony this past Sunday. He recently was a finalist for the associate principal job in the New York Philharmonic. Nathan performs on the new Alessi T396-A and is an all-around swell guy.

Eastern Trombone Workshop

Friday, March 20th, 2009

The ETW is one of the best trombone gatherings around, not just because it’s free, but because the US Army has a knack for getting so many talented artists to perform. If you can’t make it to Ft. Myer, VA, fear not. The US Army also streams the concerts live:

www.usarmyband.com/video/2009_etw_video_broadcast.html

You’ll notice the Alessi horn used as the backdrop for the media player.

Speaking of the Alessi model, Ron and Martin McCain had a line waiting to play the T396-A for much of the day today. Christan decided to help out, so he bought a ticket tonight. His wakeup call is 2:30 AM, so go easy on him if you visit the booth on Saturday. He may be a little loopy.

TMEA & Edwards 2009

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Another year has come & gone and most new years resolutions are already broken. Well my New Years resolution was to complete the Alessi model and it has come true. We have started production and the first few are now in the buffing department.

There are a few small details that will be added as we go along but the overall instrument is completed and we will have two of these at the upcoming TMEA in San Antonio Texas show for you to try. Please allow some time so you can try out our patent pending technology that we are excited about.

The dates are February 12-14. You can find more information here.

See you soon,
Christan

Midwest Reminder: Alessi Model Unveiling

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Well, I’m sitting here and thinking, “what have I forgotten to do?”. The horn has been tested and re-tested (and tested again) in as many configurations as we could think of. Now it’s time to get the Alessi Model in our customers’ hands. You can be one of the first to try it at the Midwest Clinic next week. Details are in the post below. Come to the booth early to get your invitation. We hope to see you there!

Alessi and the T396-A at Midwest

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Edwards will be at the Midwest Convention in Chicago December 17-19 displaying our regular assortment of trombones and trumpets. After much testing and input from players around the country, we’ll be showing our new Eb trumpet, as well.

Trombone players will also be able to play a new horn — the Alessi Model. But there’s a catch. You won’t find the T396-A in the exhibits hall. Instead, interested trombonists need to come to the booth to receive an invitation to our top secret location where you’ll find the horn and quite possibly Joe Alessi himself.

Okay, Joe will be there and so will I. We are planning on doing two to three sessions a day. Each session will begin with a 15 minute introduction, followed by a Q&A and time for you to try the horn. Please bring your own mouthpiece.

Space at these private sessions is limited, so be sure to stop by the Edwards booth early to pick up an invite. We have tentatively scheduled two sessions on the 17th and three sessions on the 18th & 19th.

See you there.

Thoughts from the ITF Booth

Friday, June 20th, 2008

I wanted to relate a story about a conversation I had in the Edwards booth at the recent International Trombone Festival. This is not meant to sling mud at anyone, but rather illustrate a point about the nature of buying an instrument, the internet, and preconceived ideas.

A student came into the booth and was looking at the instruments we had on display. I asked him if he’d like to try one out, and he responded, “Do you have any without Thayer valves?” I told him that we do produce conventional rotors, but didn’t have any at the show. At this point, he said, “I don’t like Thayers. They need way too much maintenance.” I hear this all the time from online forums, but was caught a little off guard by the way he came out and said it the way he did. A Thayer valve requires regular oiling and cleaning like any other valve, but I didn’t think he was interested in hearing that. I did tell him to be sure to try other horns at the ITF, as there were many other exhibitors with fine horns on display.

I heard through the grapevine later that he was a bit offended by me telling him to try other instruments. I couldn’t understand why he felt this way as I thought he had already made up his mind about our instruments before he ever tried one. I learned that he did want to play an Edwards and just wanted to know about Thayer valve maintenance. I probably overreacted and offended him, but if you know me, you know that’s never my intention. Except if you’re named Josh Brown. That dude bugs me.

But this story is a good learning tool, I think. We do these trade shows in order to allow customers a chance to play our products without making a separate trip to Elkhorn. But one of the things I notice a lot are players that come into the booth with preconceived ideas about our horns — many times these opinions are formed after reading online message boards. (There is a lot of misinformation in the internet world. It’s amazing how rumors and opinions can go viral so easily. If you don’t agree, then check snopes.com for all the email hoaxes that still fool my mother. But I digress.) Once I get a chance to work with these players, they rarely leave with the same opinions they had before coming in. It’s so easy to focus on the negative opinions you’ve heard, just like it’s easy to dwell on the one missed note in your solo performance, even though the rest of the piece was performed well.

So, if you attend a trade show and visit a company’s booth to try out their horns, remember that they want you there, and they want you like their instruments. But do yourself a favor and go in with an open mind. Instead of saying, “I don’t like this valve,” try making your opinion into a question: “Is it true that Thayers can be hard to maintain?” Above all, judge for yourself after you’ve played the horn.

Nice to Read

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Occasionally we come across something that is just plain nice to read. Paul Compton has been doing some incredible teaching at Oklahoma State University and his work is getting noticed.

Paul’s trombone octet performed as the Remington Choir at the International Trombone Festival in Utah this past month. The ITF was well-organized and well-attended, and Edwards is proud to support this organization by sponsoring ITF artists and the Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition. This year’s artists included Marshall Gilkes, Darren Kramer, Jim Markey, and Trombones de Costa Rica. They all performed exceptionally well and we’re thrilled they’ve chosen to play Edwards.

If you are not a member of the International Trombone Association (ITA), please join today. It’s through membership that this organization succeeds. It is up to trombone players to support the trombone and live music.

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