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Meet the Team

James Newcomb is a trumpeter and specialist in the art of broadcast media and entrepreneurship for musicians. He founded Trumpet Dynamics in January, 2016 as a podcast that interviewed trumpeters of all ability levels and experiences and from all over the world. It has since evolved into a resource for trumpeters to learn and master the tools, techniques and most important, the mindset required for musicians to prosper in the modern world.

James is a 12 year veteran of the U.S. Army bands. Since leaving the military in late 2015, he has established a private trumpet studio and performs as a freelance musician in the Raleigh/Durham, NC area.

In addition to his commitments to the Trumpet Dynamics brand, James also operates a podcast and blog titled, MusicPreneur: Making Money Making Music. Publishing a new episode every day, Monday thru Friday, it has become a respected resource for musicians of all genres to assist in their efforts of monetizing their musical skills.

Mandy Marksteiner is an AWAI trained direct response copywriter who offers emails, sales letters, ebooks, blog posts and articles, case studies and white papers.

She began her copywriting business in 2008 and has a broad range of experience writing for several markets, including financial, health, fine art, music, fine dining, wine, small business, entrepreneurship, crowdfunding, politics, non-profit fundraising, parenting, science and education.

Mandy joined the Trumpet Dynamics team in March, 2018 and handles email marketing and sales. You can find her on the web at


Troy Dowding is a freelance musician from Hamilton Ontario and is fast becoming one of the most in demand trumpet players in the greater Toronto area.

His life as a musician began when he started playing trumpet at 12 years old and in his own words, “I knew from the first day that I was going to be a professional trumpet player. Playing trumpet for some reason came naturally to me.”

Troy current plays 150+ nights a year with many of the top bands in Toronto and is on the music faculty at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario.

Troy is the Social Media specialist for Trumpet Dynamics and can be found on instagram @tdblows and at