In May of 2012 we packed up half the shop and moved to COLUMBUS GA for a week to attend the INTERNATIONAL TRUMPET GUILD conference. Jason, our customer relations manager, John our mouthpiece maker and Jeff Synder from our shop joined Karen Hangsterfer and Dave Monette in Columbus for a very full week of trumpet! This year's conference was hosted by Dr. Rob Murray, a long-time Monette client and a great friend of ours. Rob did a fantastic job putting this conference together!
Each day countless players came by our private display room to try out instruments and mouthpieces - many experiencing Monette equipment for the first time. Most everyone who came by had heard the impressive collection of Monette clients performing at the conference, and over and over again players at the show commented on how much more present and alive the Monette players sounded in the acoustics of the performance halls compared to top players using other instruments. Naturally players who visited our room wanted to know the secret behind what they kept hearing!
Charlie Schlueter, Patrick Hession, Terence Blanchard, Andrea Giuffredi, Scotty Barnhart, Fred Sautter, Nailson Simoes, Heinz Schwebel, Paulo Ronqui and Maico Lopes, Rob Murray, Ed Cord, Kim Dunnick, Keith Johnson, Kelly Rossum, Kurt Gorman, Scott Meredith, Rich Rulli and John Wacker all played beautifully - completely off microphone - and just filled the performance halls with huge sounds that listeners time and again told us eclipsed other performers playing old fashioned equipment.
The three performances we videotaped at the conference were Fred Sautter's performance of the Svoboda concerto for Trumpet and Organ, Charlie Schlueter with Nailson Simoes, Heinz Scheibel and the Brazilians playing several ensemble pieces, and Patrick Hession playing Glenn Kostur's arrangement of ANGEL EYES with the house big band. You can hear these performances and much more in the video clips posted on this page.
Our team spent hours and hours working one on one with players who visited our room on body use and breathing, so they could enjoy the more effortless approach to playing that our instruments and mouthpieces encourage. We had a constant stream of top players visit the room, often giving spontaneous demonstrations. We have videos posted on this page of many of the best players and teachers attending who make it very clear why they choose to play Monette equipment. We loved meeting and working with new musicians at the show from all over the country and the world - and we received a record number of instrument and mouthpiece orders at the show from players representing every area of performance!
To really bring home the concept we all share that the player is the real instrument, Dave Monette's partner Karen Hangsterfer gave a great Yoga For Brass Players class. Karen had 105 people show up at 7:30 AM (yes, that's in the morning!) for a class designed for beginners to align and breath in a profoundly new and improved way. Then an hour later, Dave Monette was a featured presenter, giving his video overview of the last 30 years of his work to a packed auditorium.
Thanks to Rob and Lauren Murray for the incredible amount of energy and work they put into making this conference such a tremendous success!
CHARLIE SCHLUETER WITH NAILSON, HEINZ, MAICO AND AQUILES
FRED SAUTTER AND JOSEPH GOLDEN END OF THE DUOCONCERTO BY TOMAS SVOBODA
SPONTANEOUS NAILSON INSPIRED JAM AT ITG - MONETTE FLUMPET, CLASSIC CORNET AND MF STC Bb
ACHILLES SHOWS HOW TO CELEBRATE CARNIVAL ON A FLUMPET!
AQUILES' FIRST NOTES ON THE NEW MONETTE FLUGEL!
KURT GORMAN SOUNDS GREAT ON HIS NEW PRANA LT C TRUMPET!
ANDREA GIUFFREDI HAS FUN WITH OUR NEW FLUGELHORN!
ANDREA GIUFFREDI AT ITG 2012!
CLAUDIO AND I REMEMBER OUR BUDDY HAL ORINGER
AQUILES PLAYS ONE MORE FLUMPET TUNE FOR US!
ANDREA GIUFFREDI PLAYS TERENCE'S RAJA!
PATRICK HESSION PLAYS PREMIER OF GLENN KOSTUR'S "ANGEL EYES"