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Gerry Pagano and the B502-D

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

We’re thrilled to announce that Gerry Pagano, bass trombonist of the St. Louis Symphony, has recently joined the Edwards team as an artist. Gerry, along with Dave Taylor and Mark Hoelscher, has been working with Christan on the development of the B502-D, a dependent bass trombone with technology similar to the Alessi T396-A. An independent model — the B502 — is currently being developed with James Markey.

Gerry recently presented a series of recitals and masterclasses on the prototype at TCU, Baylor and the University of Texas. He sounds great and we’re happy to have him playing an Edwards!

Gerry Pagano

Acidity and Your Horn

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

In our latest video, Christan discusses ways to prevent your horn from needing costly repairs caused by high acid levels in your skin. Really. We aren’t making this up.

Christan and Paul Tynan Demonstrate a Fitting

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

The fear of the unknown can keep us from trying new things. I can remember worrying about algebra when I got to high school. I’d heard so many people complain about it that I was sure it was going to destroy me, but it didn’t. My son is afraid of new vegetables. The first time he tried spinach was in a spinach and cheese dip (we fooled him). He loved it so much that he has no problem eating spinach by itself now.

The idea of buying a custom instrument can feel like eating spinach or taking an algebra test to some of you. I’ve been in the booth at many shows where someone will pick up a horn, play a note and put it back down. At that point I usually ask if I can help. “No thanks. These horns have too many options. I wouldn’t know where to start.” Those of you that have gone through the fitting process know better. We don’t just throw a pile of parts at you and ask you to choose. Instead we ask a lot of the same question: “Better or worse?” We don’t tell you what you’re playing. Ideally, we’d turn off all the lights or blindfold you so you’d have to rely entirely on your ears. But we’re worried about those of you with less-than-awesome coordination or vertigo.

To better demonstrate the fitting process, Paul Tynan agreed to be our lab rat in this abbreviated session. Thanks to Michael Clobes for filming and editing the video. Christan did some stuff, too.

Brian Allen Solo Concerts

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Dear Friends,

Recent solo concerts and teaching have been great. Thanks to Mark Weaver and The Roost in Albuquerque, Steve Paxton at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Stephen Jones at Texas Tech, Richard Birk at Brazosport College and JD Guzman at Spring HS.

Big thanks to Edwards Instrument Company for sponsoring these events, making this tour possible and supporting my art wherever it takes me.

Below are a few videos from the concert at The Roost.

Duo with Mark Weaver

Solo excerpt with rain

Solo improvisation excerpt

For updates, future events, releases, more videos and sound, visit For my related solo project (music, books, art, writing, etc.), visit and

Brian Allen

Superbrass CD Now Available

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Superbrass has just released Under the Spell of Spain, a CD of Spanish-inspired music for brass and percussion. Roger Argente is the executive producer and also the group’s bass/contrabass trombonist. Other musicians include Mike Allen, Philip Cobb, Roby Coles, Mike Lovatt, Jim Lynch, Paul Mayes, Brian Thompson, Adam Wright, Chris Parkes, Matthew Gee, Mike Hext, Phil White, Andy Wood, Kevin Morgan, Andy Barclay, Paul Clarvis, Michael Doran, Matt Perry, Frank Riccott and Mike Smith.

We’ve heard the CD, and our unbiased, objective opinion is that you need to own it. The brass (and percussion) playing is phenomenal! Watch the video below and we’ll think you’ll agree. And be sure to follow Superbrass on Facebook.

Your Edwards Order

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

We’re experiencing a lot of growth at Edwards this year. As a result, we can’t keep up with the 6-8 week trombone delivery estimates we’ve listed on our product pages. A more realistic timeframe for complete horn delivery is 8-12 weeks. We are ramping up production, but we want to do it slowly in order to maintain our build standards.

The good news is that your money is sitting in your bank during those 8-12 weeks; we don’t charge you until the horn ships. So if you’re in the market for a new Edwards, you might consider getting your order in sooner than later.

Your patience with us through this year of growth is appreciated. We will continue to do our best to improve our delivery.

The Edwards Team

Nero Plays Great Jazz, Wins a Horn

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Javier NeroCongratulations to Javier Nero for winning this year’s Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition! Javier played extremely well at the recent ITF (as did all the finalists) and won a T302 for all his hard work. He is a student of Conrad Herwig at Juilliard.

We recommend all young trombonists take part in the ITA Competitions. Winners take home shiny prizes, but the benefits in preparing music for a recording are more valuable. And if you make it to the live round, all the better. Performing for an audience of trombone players will definitely help when it comes time to go out on the audition circuit.

Flores Wins a Getzen

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Raymond FloresWe’d like to congratulate Raymond Flores, a student of Luis Fred at the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico, for winning this year’s Edward Kleinhammer Competition. Raymond sounded fantastic performing in the finals on his B454. He was awarded a new Getzen 1052. Congratulations, Raymond!

Alessi, Schnyder Discuss New Concerto

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Joseph Alessi will premiere Daniel Schnyder’s Concerto for Tenor Trombone and Orchestra with the Nashville Symphony during the International Trombone Festival this summer. The ITF organizers have put together the following video featuring the the two discussing the new work and Alessi performing a few highlights.

Dave Taylor Performs at Kennedy Center

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Dave Taylor’s recent performance of Schubert’s Der Doppelgänger at the Kennedy Center is now available on YouTube.

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