54 Trumpet Triumph

Dedication: Frank Green

Recording Reference: Celebrations

There is a category of etude that I like to practice and assign to my students that I call articulation endurance. These are etudes for which we are single tonguing relatively quickly for an extended period of time. I call them articulation endurance studies because if you are not used to it, these pieces will give you cramps at the back of your tongue.

Trumpet Triumph is a duet version of those etudes for intermediate trumpet players. I wrote this duet to be used in my lessons as an alternative to practicing etudes.

Duets are a wonderful substitute in the lessons for etudes. They can accomplish the same skill building and musicianship maturity that etudes do, but in a more musical context.

Posted in Educational Duets, Intermediate Duets | Tagged , | Leave a comment

95 Sonic Mischief

Dedication: Marty Olivas

Recording Reference: Celebrations

Sonic Mischief is a swing duet, in six, that was designed to help students grow their technique on the C sharp whole-tone scale. Every note of the duet is in that one scale.

The C sharp whole-tone scale has the following notes in it:

C#, Eb, F, G, A, B

Whole-tones are symmetric, which means that there is no bottom, or home base note in the scale. All of the notes in the scale can be “tonicised”. In other words, each note in the scale could be the first note of the scale.

The most widely known symmetric scale is the chromatic scale. The chromatic scale can begin on any note and it will still be the chromatic scale.

Posted in Jazz Swing Duets, Symmetric Scale Duets | Tagged , | Leave a comment

97 Spider Ground

Dedication: Ken Easton

Recording Reference: Trumpet Quasi Master, Celebrations

Spider Ground is a modern sounding duet based on my Spider Chords harmonic language.

A ground is a composition built around a short, repeated, melodic segment that is usually in the bass. This repeated bass line is also called “basso ostinato“.

In this duet, I let the two trumpets take turns playing the bass part while alternatively exploring the harmonies based on the Spider Chord progression chosen for the composition.

Posted in Spider Duets | Tagged | Leave a comment

28 Street Stroll


Recording Reference: Celebrations

Street Stroll is an educational trumpet duet I composed to help students learn to play in the 6/8 time signature. This duet can be performed in either two or six. I like to assign it to the students in six first. When they are finished learning it that way, we reassign it but in two the second time. That really helps them to understand how 6/8 works as a compound meter.

Posted in Educational Duets, Intermediate Duets | Tagged | Leave a comment

4 Come With Me

Recording Reference: Celebrations

Come With Me is an easy duet that I originally composed for my son, Alex, and I to play when he was first starting off learning the trumpet. This one introduces half notes (the first three duets are only whole notes) but the range is still limited to first space F.

Posted in Beginner Duets | Tagged | Leave a comment

71 Trumpet Dance

Dedication: Sam Trimble

Recording Reference: Celebrations

Trumpet Dance is a duet I composed in exact canon form, but in 5/8 time. It was inspired by a duet I used to play with Sam Trimble (my trumpet teacher at UTEP) and my friends. If you have the Selected Duets for Cornet or Trumpet, Volume 2, but Voxman, then you probably played that duet before. This Trumpet Dance duet was inspired by the duet on page 32 of that book. It’s titled Allegro (from Canonic Sonata No. 1) by Telemann.

This duet is also one of the Tonalization Duets in the Celebrations book. There are twelve of these diatonic duets in the book. They are 100% diatonic. No accidentals.

Free Sample of this Duet: Trumpet Dance


Posted in Counterpoint Duets, Tonalization Duets | Tagged , | Leave a comment

19 Steeple on a Hilltop


Recording Reference: Celebrations

Steeple on a Hilltop is one the beginner duets in the Celebrations book. It is an opportunity for the students to learn to play in a stately, maestoso style.

Free Sample of this Duet: Steeple on a Hilltop

Celebrations Trumpet Duet Number 19

Celebrations Trumpet Duet Number 19

Posted in Beginner Duets | Leave a comment

60 Trumpet Crab Canon

Dedication: James Barnes

Recording Reference: Celebrations

The Trumpet Crab Cannon was my first time writing this way. It’s an old composition technique where one trumpet player reads the music forward while the other trumpet player reads the music backward. This kind of music writing poses certain challenges that you don’t see in normal, every day writing.

Free Sample of this Duet: Trumpet Crab Canon

Celebrations Trumpet Duet Number 60

Celebrations Trumpet Duet Number 60

Posted in Counterpoint Duets | Tagged , | Leave a comment

35 Reverent Spider

Dedication: Matt Smith

Recording Reference: Celebrations

The Reverent Spider duet is one of the easiest spider duets in the Celebrations trumpet duet book. Spider Duets are based on a harmonic language I invented in the mid 1980’s. There are a number of spider compositions in the Celebrations book.

Free Sample of this Duet: Reverent Spider

Celebrations Trumpet Duet Number 35

Celebrations Trumpet Duet Number 35

Posted in Spider Duets | Tagged | Leave a comment

80 Ebb and Flow

Dedication: George Chase

Recording Reference: Celebrations

Ebb and Flow is a diatonic duet, which means that there are no accidentals. The entire duet is in the key of E flat (three flats). I call these Tonalization Duets because I believe that spending time in one key, with no other notes as distractions, helps us learn how to think in that key. All of the Tonalization duets are meant to be used that way, to help the students learn to think in the different keys, as if they were speaking that key as a language.

The idea of writing tonalization duets is a simple one. Write only in the key, no accidentals. That’s the easy part. Making it sound interesting…not as easy. But learning to create within boundaries is how we find our freedom. Boundaries create an environment where creativity is unleashed. Ironic, right? Some of the most interesting trumpet duets in the Celebrations book are the diatonic, Tonalization duets.

Free Sample of this Duet: Ebb and Flow

Celebrations Trumpet Duet Number 80

Celebrations Trumpet Duet Number 80

Posted in Tonalization Duets | Tagged | Leave a comment