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!

Comments From Readers

Brass Tactics

Brass Tactics is the first really sensible and fun book for today’s trumpeters. The information is realistic, encouraging, and comprehensible.
Bobby Shew (Los Angeles, CA)

Brass Tactics gives students a complete approach to the basics and beyond, while providing a comprehensive guide to the other important and pertinent literature that they will be utilizing all of their musical life. It is an invaluable resource!
Marvin Stamm (New York, NY)

Chase Sanborn has a uniquely logical approach to playing the trumpet, with the musical part of this challenging endeavor always in mind. Brass Tactics is a must for every trumpet player’s library.
Ron Romm (Sarasota, FL)

Brass Tactics is an amazingly effective and comprehensive method book. Chase Sanborn is a GREAT trumpet player who knows EXACTLY what he’s talking about!
Jens Lindemann (UCLA)

Brass Tactics is the coolest trumpet/brass technique book I have ever seen. There’s some pretty funny stuff in there too! Brass Tactics rocks!
Adolfo Acosta (Tower of Power)

I am incredibly impressed by the clarity of thought, the attention to detail, and the very correct ideas that are presented in Brass Tactics. Chase Sanborn’s book is excellent for the beginner, but is also completely relevant to any professional. Absolutely fantastic!
Andrew McCandless (Toronto Symphony)

Brass Tactics provides a practical and all-encompassing guide to playing while plugging you into the real world as a brass player. Chase is the Marcella Hazan of brass playing!
Guido Basso (Boss Brass)

Brass Tactics shows you how to handle yourself in any professional or amateur situation. No trumpet player, at any stage, should be without this book.
Dennis Najoom (Milwaukee Symphony)

Brass Tactics is a killer! Chase Sanborn sure has it all together-he’s a wonderful musician!
Leon Merian (Bradenton, FL)

Brass Tactics offers a comprehensive wealth of information, written by a widely-experienced player who has the ability to pass on his experiences in a positive and encouraging way.
Eddie Severn (Birmingham, UK)

FINALLY, someone has written a brass book with the correct priorities!
Paul Navarro (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Brass Tactics provides welcome insight into the world of the modern professional musician. For the advancing player who is serious about his art, or anyone considering a career as a professional trumpet player, this book is a must-read.
ITG Journal

I have never seen so much valuable information, not only about playing the instrument, but about every other aspect of being a musician covered so completely.
Phyllis Stork (Stork Custom Mouthpieces)

Brass Tactics is a first-class method that is clear and concise.
Jim Thompson (Eastman School of Music)

Brass Tactics is a very important text for all trumpet players!
David Baldwin (University of Minnesota)

Chase Sanborn’s books feature a humorous style that makes them a joy to read.
Ole Utnes (Tonsberg, Norway)

Brass Tactics is written from a successful working trumpet player’s perspective and covers topics that I have never seen in a method book.
Larry Larson (London, ON)

Brass Tactics covers every detail; there is nothing one could add.
Rainer Schmidt (Toronto, ON)

Brass Tactics should be in the hands of every trumpet player.
Jack Long (Long & McQuade Music)

Brass Tactics is clearly written and humorous, and gives the player a bona fide real view of the professional trumpeter.
Daniel Parker (North Carolina)

Those of us in the trenches have needed this book for some time!
Merle McCoy (Portage, MI)

Brass Tactics shows that you are never too to learn or be inspired!
Albert Benton (Broken Arrow, OK)

Brass Tactics offers authoritative instruction, acknowledges alternative schools of thought, points out areas of unresolved controversy, and manages to balance it all with sage and homely advice.
John McBurney

Chase Sanborn has done an incredibly thorough job of compiling and organizing a vast amount of knowledge, hints, tips, and techniques that few trumpet players have the opportunity to learn.
Steve Eckart (Chico, CA)

I have spent nearly $80,000 in tuition to learn a fraction of what I’ve learned reading Brass Tactics in only a few days!
Jason Harrelson (Northfield, MN)

Just the first 25 pages are worth the price of the book!
Dennis Hill (Laguna Hills, CA)

Brass Tactics has made returning to playing enjoyable and easier than I had expected, and taught me many things that I wish I had learned the first time around.
Tony Miller (Auburn, Maine)

One thing I have learned: do not take Brass Tactics to bed! Once you start, there is no putting it down!
Jeff Gibbons (Robe, South Australia)

The Brass Tactics CD is very helpful; it’s one thing to read about a concept, but quite another to actually hear what it should sound like. It gives the reader a target to shoot for.
Marty Markiewicz (Rochester Hills, MI)

On the Brass Tactics CD, Chase Sanborn shows that he can play everything he writes about, at times sounding like he has four lungs! What a lovely player!
Mike Gibbs (New Zealand)

Brass Tactics covers all the basics and more in great detail, yet maintains a very conversational tone.
Gary Maki (Ypsilanti, MI)

Brass Tactics is like a road map for the world of trumpet playing.
Rick Head (Memphis, TN)

I’ve spent over $4000 in private lessons and only learned half as much as I did in the two days I borrowed Brass Tactics from one of my colleagues.
Richard W. Muellerleile

Brass Tactics is an incredible collection of comments and ideas. I’ve never seen a book that has it all like this one does.
Chuck Vavra (Arco Technology)

Brass Tactics is absolutely the best book I have in my collection. I read it completely about once a month just to keep on track.
Gabe Hill (Tahlequah, OK)

Brass Tactics is the most complete work on trumpet playing that I have ever seen!
Rune Aleksandersen (Norway)

The writing is refreshing and no avenue remains unexplored.
Tony Farrell (Nottingham, England)

Brass Tactics is as thorough and clear as any book I have ever seen and I’ve seen most of them!
Scott Apelgren (Melbourne, FL)

The accompanying CD alone is worth every penny!
Lawrence Killian (West Yorkshire, UK)

Brass Tactics is very thorough and clear, and the information is conveyed in a friendly, funny manner.
Donovan Bankhead

Chase Sanborn has distilled the best of the best.
Bob List (Baltimore, MD)

Brass Tactics is precisely the kind of book I’ve been looking for-it’s helped organize my practice routine and has cleared a lot of things up. The sharp writing is an added bonus!
Kyle Sarofeen (Cambridge, MA)

Chase Sanborn’s books are incredible. The content is fantastic, and I LOVE the conversational tone of the text.
Rich Hartsuiker

Never before has any trumpet manual hit me with so much pure truth. At last I understand!
Elizabeth Wilson (Riyadh , Saudi Arabia)

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