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It Starts With Cornet (Featuring Mark Ponzo)

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Welcome to the Trumpet Dynamics podcast, a show that tells "The Story of the Trumpet In the Words of Those Who Play It."

Today we talk about the often-overlooked, but hugely important instrument, the Cornet.

It's not an understatement to say that the success the trumpet had would not have happened without the Cornet leading the way.

Among the topics we discuss in this episode:

1. The infamous letter from Herbert L. Clarke to Eldon Benge. (A copy can be found here.)
2. Why the cornet has declined in popularity while the trumpet surged.
3. Changes in the musical tastes and consumption habits of Americans, and why musicians must adapt to them.
4. Some of the more famous cornetists around the turn of the 20th Century, and the lifestyle of a traveling musician in those days.

About the Guest: Mark Ponzo is professor of trumpet at Northern Illinois University. He's also a cornet historian and collector with over 150 cornets in his "herd."

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1 Comment

  1. Don Schneider on 01/02/2018 at 5:06 AM

    I have played cornet/trumpet since 1970. I have been a repair technician for many of those years.
    Currently I am working as a terrestial cargo pilot and I carry a 1960 Olds Ambassador cornet and play every evening. I look forward to hearing more from you. I use a Wick #4 haritage series.
    In the late’70s I would ditch school to hang out at the Schilke factory on s Wabash.

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