Hanging backstage with [past] American Idol finalist Mikalah Gordon & Blake Lewis before our show. Fun times and nice loop pedal work from Blake.

I had a blast this week sharing the stage with some very talented folks, which includes the trumpet section seen here. (From L-R) Your’s truly, Dan Fornero, Jon Lewis (1st), and Jim Grinta. Danny Elfman Singing and an appearance by Tim Burton… Best Halloween ever!

[from: DANNY ELFMAN’S Music from the Films of TIM BURTON. Performed by the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra & The Page LA Choir. Conducted by John Mauceri. Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE: October 29, 30, 31, 2013]

  Travels from New England/Canada to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Some good times were had…

Some select photos from performing with Tom Wopat (he was the original ‘Bo’ from, “Dukes of Hazzard”). 

Tom Wopat - Vocals
Jordan Peterson- Piano
Vinny Vivacqua - Bass
Berti Eskanasi- Drums
David Easton- Guitar
David Bennett- Sax
Aaron Smith- Trumpet
Gary Anderson- Trombone

What a wonderful day in Quebec City. I have such an appreciation for each moment to experience new places by playing music.

Let, not make.
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Excerpt practice session: ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ (Played by Aaron, recorded with an iPhone voice recorder app).

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Cont. from: American in Paris -More in the ‘swing’ direction (Played by Aaron, recorded with an iPhone voice recorder app).

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2nd Excerpt from “An American in Paris” - played straight.
(Played by Aaron, recorded with an iPhone voice recorder app).

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This is my current interpretation from the post horn solo in Mahler’s 3rd Symphony. Captured with an iPhone in my bedroom after a day of (unrelated) shows. Still needs a little work, but it’s honest. Perhaps, I’ll post a later version as I progress with it.

The new TrumpetSmith Logo!

The new TrumpetSmith Logo!

Fantastic Glenn Gould Interview.

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I appreciate when the composer and engineer allow me to hear the playback. It’s a valuable resource.