Just an hour or so ago, I had the rare chance of hearing Edward H Tarr perform in our local parish church. Theconcert was arranged by a few friends of his, almost no publicity, almost no audience (less than 50 in a church seating 500). His wife was on the organ, and a local brass quartet filled in a few pieces. It was not a strenuous programme -Jeremiah Clarke, Purcell, Susato, a few Gershwin arrangements and Oscar Lindberg's Scandinavian Psalm sadwiched in with a few organ solos. What struck me was the total honesty in musicianship Edward H Tarr displayed both while playing and during the conversation we had afterwards. Interesting for me was that on all the trumpets he used - a very long model Yammie picc (the one where the leadpipe goes into #1 and the bell leaves #4 almost straight), a Yammie Xeno Bb and a gold-plated Xeno C he utilized extremely small wooden mouthpieces (somewhere in the region of 15 C Bach, almost as small as a cornetto mpc, with very wide rims). We did not discuss the matter, as he was expected at a private dinner afterwards; but it showed me that mouthpiece size and sound size don't correlate - his sound was big, ouncy and beautiful.
Unfortunately for me this was almost his last public performance - I would have loved to hear more from him. But he is deservedly retiring from the stage and will only play one more concert - in Rheinfelden in Switzerland, around New Year's Eve.
Thank you, Edward H Tarr, for all your work in research, teaching, and on the concert stage.