Chase Sanborn is an engaging modern jazz trumpet voice with a warm, inviting tone, fluid lyrical phrasing, and a style that always swings. He exhibits the cultivated sensibility of a player at the peak of his powers.
Music Business Tactics is an easy and enjoyable read that provides sound, practical advice. If you are an aspiring musician, or you know one, get this book! You need this information!
Chase Sanborn goes right to the heart and soul of the music. His performance was an inspiration to hundreds of festival participants, and his positive and upbeat outlook made a lasting impact on our students
Jazz Tactics presents the material in such a clear and simple way, with the vitality and spirit of a live teaching session. This method speaks to all musicians, regardless of age and previous experience.
Chase addresses the needs of developing musicians in a manner that is understandable and relevant. My students were thrilled to work with someone who understands their learning curve.
Tuning Tactics teaches you to listen. In just a short time, I've witnessed strong improvement in my students' awareness. Tuning Tactics makes good intonation attainable for all!
Chase Sanborn has a natural gift for engaging and involving an audience. He shares a wealth of honest and knowledgeable information about music and the music business.
Brass Tactics offeres authoritative instruction balanced with sage and homely advice. It shows you how to handle yourself in any professional or amateur situation. No trumpet player should be without this book!


“Who do you listen to?” This is one of the first questions I ask a new student. I could probably quickly identify 100 different trumpet players just by hearing them play. When considering a piece of music, I can easily imagine how it might be played by Phil Smith or Clifford Brown or Maynard Ferguson or Raphael Mendez or Sergei Nakariakov or Wynton Marsalis or Lee Morgan or Wayne Bergeron or Marvin Stamm or Doc Severinsen. This is a powerful mental library of sounds and styles to draw upon in performance.

In the past, my students might have had a better excuse for not being familiar with great trumpet players. Without a parent or teacher to share a library of recordings, they might not have had the opportunity to hear them. Certainly they aren’t hearing many trumpet players in pop music. I try to play a recording during each lesson, to expose my students to some of the players that have been instrumental (so to speak) in my musical development.

Today, there is no excuse for not being familiar with the great players of your instrument. Recordings are easily available, and we have all been given a great gift when it comes to expanding our musical horizons: YouTube. One of the greatest time-wasters ever created, YouTube is also an incredible musical library. Thousands of clips are available with the click of a mouse. With time and interest, one could spend 24 hours a day surfing. That can be a problem. If you hope to play music, rather than just listen to it, at some point you’ll have to shut down the computer and pick up your instrument. You are not going to learn by osmosis, though some of my students n wish it were so. But listening is an important part of the process of becoming a musician, and in this day and age, it is so easy to check out a new player each day. Watch a clip or two before you start to practice. Listen and learn, then try to put into practice what you have heard.

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