DFW TrumpetFest: Itâ€™s almost here. Mark you calendars for Saturday after next, October 23, 2004. The show has something for everyone, thanks to the support of several manufacturers, dealers, pro players and devoted hobbyists. Wayne Tanabe and Rich Szabo are coming the farthest. Theyâ€™re coming in early for several reasons. One very important reason for their early arrival is so that Wayne will perform Precision Valve Alignments www.thebrassbow.com/PVA in his hotel room, during the show and after the show. Please email me at [email protected] to make arrangements to transform you trumpet. Weâ€™ve got several people scheduled already, but thereâ€™s still plenty of capacity. All you guys with vintage and collector horns that donâ€™t play so perfectly owe it to yourself to try a PVA. For instance, most vintage Martin Committee trumpets will benefit greatly from a PVA, as will classic Kings, Conns, Selmers and, of course, Bach Strads. Wayne and Rich will be showing their Chicago Brass Works Bb trumpets http://www.chicagobrassworks.com/default.htm . Among other things, the CBW trumpets feature rimless bells, sheathing of the leadpipe and carefully designed bracing. These are amongst the very best, most resonant trumpets Iâ€™ve ever played. Wayne and Rich will each lead a one-hour information session or masterâ€™s class, depending on the interests of the attendees. Yamaha Artist, John Holt, former principal trumpet with Dallas Opera Orchestra and current associate professor of trumpet at the University of North Texas http://www.music.unt.edu/bio/holt.shtml will lead a one-hour masterâ€™s class and demonstration of the new Yamaha â€œChicagoâ€ C-trumpet designed by Bob Malone with the assistance of Chicago Symphony Orchestra trumpeters. The primary design goal was to match the famous â€œCSO Bachsâ€ built for the symphony and still in use by the CSO. Anyone consider a C-trumpet HAS TO hear this demonstration. Horn Haven www.hornhaven.com will sponsor a masterâ€™s class by Stomvi Artist Brian Swartz http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/musician.php?id=1080 . Brian plays the Stomvi USA model trumpet. Anyone that tries a Stomvi trumpet at the Horn Haven table will receive a free demonstration CD of Stomvi trumpets. Horn Haven will have a full line of Stomvi trumpets on hand. Kanstul will be displayed at Horn Haven, including such models as the Wayne Bergeron and the copper-belled flugels. Horn Haven will also have a full line of GR Mouthpieces and other accessories. Getzen http://www.getzen.com/index.shtml will display its new Custom Series trumpets, cornets and flugels. Getzen is now back under control of the Getzen family. Brett Getzen kindly made the new horns available to us and looking forward to feedback from the DFW trumpet community. Iâ€™ve long thought that Getzen had the best made in USA cornets and Iâ€™m anxious to try their new trumpets. Calicchio http://www.calicchio.com/ has moved to Tulsa and refocused on production and quality control. The Tulsa-built Calicchios that I played at ITG this yearâ€™s were excellent. Dave Johnson is bringing down a collection of trumpets for us to try. Conn-Selmer is still up in the air at this writing; however, I suspect that theyâ€™ll provide a broad selection of Bach, Conn and King trumpets for us to try. Last year they had the most Bach C-trumpets that I had ever seen in one place. There will be several private display tables with collections or select horns owned by attendees. Fill welcome to offer anything for sale. My Selmer Paris Concept TT will be available for trial playing (itâ€™s NOT for sale, however). My old ProTec trumpet/flugel case would be for sale, but a cyber-buddy just bought it through www.trumpetherald.com . Still everyone should feel free to bring your personal horns for either display or sale. Itâ€™s up to you whether you let others try it (them). Location: Please contact Dave Stephens at [email protected] for the exact location in Plano, TX.