While showing Trumpets at a trade show, I’m challenged to tell people what makes my Trumpets different and also to describe what each instrument is good for. I wrote descriptive cards for all models, but I always lean on versatility.
To some that seemed sarcastic.. So, please allow me to elaborate. The Grande Campana. Before the conference I could name 3 distinct playing styles it was being used for. As of yesterday I can list 5. I’m going to go down the line assuming none of the fine players will mind me using their names.
This is actually how the instrument got designed. Gary Cordell is currently using the Grande Campana on the national tour of “Love Never Dies“. He had an iteration of one of my instruments and kept coming home from the tour with slightly different ideas for the instrument based on feedback he was given. If the sound is good enough for Andrew Lloyd Webber… Thank you for your help and dedication in helping design what is quickly becoming my most popular model.
Big band Section/solo work:
To say that is all that Kenny Rampton does I feel sells him short. However, the majority of what I’ve seen and heard him do with the horn has been with Jazz at Lincoln Center. Almost more exciting for me is that it’s also used for the recording sessions for Sesame Street… Yes.. That Sesame Street.
Bang band lead / R&B:
I don’t know. Is boys 2 Men R&B? What ever they are Andy Cresap uses his Grand Campana to play that show as well as playing some killer lead with a few local big bands. But.. Mike… That horn has a huge copper bell. How could anyone use it to play lead?! Welp.. Andy was in the shop just a few days ago playing Double Cs that were shaking little bits of brain out of my right ear. Clearly it’s doable.
LA session work:
Emile Martinez is hard to nail down. I’ve seen him do everything from playing with big bands to doing session work with the Rza. WU-Tang!!
As of this week Tom Smith has started to play this model. Tom tours with a group called Groovement. Groovement has been described as what you’d hear if Led Zeppelin caught a Soul Train with Grouplove and they threw a party while headin’ down the tracks to Motown.
I’ve had symphony guys play these instrument and be surprised at how accessible the sound they were looking for was. I don’t have one in any symphonies yet, but at this point wouldn’t be surprised. The goal is always to build a very versatile instrument. I’m very pleased to see how many bases this one is covering.
It’s for trumpet music.