Trumpet Routines

A collection of daily routines that cover basic skills to help you perform better and have more fun playing the trumpet.

By Bruce Barrie

Associate Professor (retired)
Seoul National University
Seoul,  Republic of Korea

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Musician and Professor

Grammy award winning trumpeter, Bruce Barrie, is a noted performer on modern and historical brasses, including the piccolo trumpet, keyed bugle, saxhorn, natural trumpet and cornetto.

In addition to sixteen recordings with the renowned Chestnut Brass Company, Dr. Barrie is solo natural trumpet on the critically acclaimed Buxtehude Project (PGM), and is solo trumpet on the widely praised Naxos recording of the chamber music of George Antheil with the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.

He has been a soloist with the Boulder Bach Festival, Philadelphia Classical Orchestra, Concerto Soloists and the Princeton Bach Festival.

In demand as a guest artist and clinician, he has appeared at the Fantini Fest at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of West Virginia, Morgantown among others.

Hailed as “the Hero of the night” in the rave review of a recent performance of J.S. Bach’s monumental work the Christmas Oratorio with the Pro Music Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Dr. Barrie has also performed with the Colorado Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra as well as Boulder Brass. He has taught at Temple University in Philadelphia and Westchester University and serves on the trumpet jury of the International Brass Competition in Jeju South Korea.

A graduate of the University of Colorado, Westchester University and the Philadelphia Musical Academy, Dr. Barrie has studied with Frank Kaderabek, Samuel Krauss, Terry Sawchuk and James Burke.

Dr. Barrie is a founding member of the Chestnut Brass Company, which started in Philadelphia in 1977.

“As one who tried his hand at writing (and having published) a book for beginning trumpeters the challenge of making it clear and simple is grater than it may seem. Dr. Bruce Barrie’s new book Daily Routines for the Student Trumpet Player is a much-needed guide to help young players develop good practice skills. This book would also be very useful to former trumpeters, who are trying to make a come-back. Bravo Dr. Barrie on filling a gap and pointing players in the right direction.”
Frank J. Kaderabek
Principal Trumpet Philadelphia Orchestra (retired)

Prof. Trumpet Curtis Institute of Music and West Chester University (retired)

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Chestnut Brass

The Grammy winning Chestnut Brass Company has earned international acclaim for brilliant performances on modern and historical brass instruments.

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The Chestnut Brass Quintet

Specializing in Historic Instruments

The chamber ensemble is active in the performance and commissioning of contemporary music, and has introduced numerous new works to audiences around the country. Composers who have written works for the Chestnut Brass Company, or have been commissioned by the Chestnut Brass Company, include Richard Wernick, Peter Schickele, Leslie Bassett, Eric Stokes, Theodore Antoniou, Jan Krzywicki, and Paul Basler. The brass quintet has received awards for commissioning and performance from the NEA, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Chamber Music America and Meet the Composer.

As curators of the sounds of ancient and antique brasses, the Chestnut Brass Company have been at the forefront of the period-instrument revival with performances on cornetti, sacbuts, keyed bugles and saxhorns. The quintet continues to collect antique brass instruments and to research the literature and performance practice of these instruments.

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