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!

Wayne Bergeron

Pros, students and fans in Toronto are still buzzing following a 3-day visit by Wayne Bergeron.

Wayne presented clinics at Humber College and the University of Toronto, and played to a packed house with a top-notch big band assembled by Geoff Houghton from Yamaha Canada, led by my colleague and partner-in-crime, Terry Promane. Knowing the calibre of musicians that someone like Wayne plays with on a daily basis, the local pros tend to step it up. Everyone sounded on their game–none more so than the star of the show–and I felt proud to be a part of this concert and this musical community.

Wayne was featured on many of the charts from his recordings, then he came back to the trumpet section to play lead on Rob McConnell’s arrangement of Street of Dreams, paying homage to one of his heroes, the late great Arnie Chycoski. (I got to do the same for one of mine, the very much alive-and-kicking Guido Basso.) Kudos to our lead player Jason Logue for magnificent playing throughout the concert, which included subbing for Maynard Ferguson on ‘Maynard & Waynard’. Talk about stepping into big shoes!

I really can’t say enough good things about Wayne Bergeron. He is generous and forthcoming in a clinic, willing to continue as long as people want to talk (although his voice finally gave out after about seven hours.) When it comes to his trumpet playing, he sounds just as he does on record, which is to say astounding. At the end of the clinic, while his horn had been sitting on the stand for several hours, I asked him play just a couple of high notes. Without missing a beat he picks up the horn and pops out a couple of high Fs just to get his bearings, then flips up to huge and beautifully slotted high As. At that point, Wayne realized he had his ‘legit’ mouthpiece in the horn. Swapping that out was like switching on an afterburner. Wow! You think you’ve got high chops? Think again. It’s thrilling to hear trumpet playing on that level, and shows what is possible with a little compression (OK, a lot) and a solid concept of sound.

Thanks to Wayne and to Yamaha for a few days we won’t soon forget!


ps: Look for Wayne to start tooling around LA in the sidecar of girlfriend Barb’s new motorcycle. She was quite taken with the Russian Ural ridden by lead trombonist Al Kay, who is trying to talk me into a sidecar for my Vespa. I will admit it’s a dandy spot to store a trombone, and the slide trumpet in place of a machine gun is a nice touch.

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