James Newcomb is a trumpeter, digital entrepreneur, podcast host, family man and world traveler. He earned his bones as a trumpeter in the U.S. Army bands from 1994-98 and again from 2008-15. James began the Trumpet Dynamics podcast in 2016 as a means of building street cred in the trumpet community and has performed as a freelance player in the Twin Cities, Triangle of NC and Hampton Roads areas.
James currently splits time between Hanoi, Vietnam and Virginia Beach, VA. Although the podcast is his main contribution to the trumpet community, he continues his interest in fighting the trumpet to this day. To learn more about James' exploits on trumpet, visit his personal music website.
"Dear James, Thanks for featuring me on one of your podcasts. I enjoyed our interaction and appreciated being asked questions about my early music roots when I was growing up in Kimball, Nebraska. All of your questions were well thought out, and I could tell that you wanted to know more about me and who influenced me, rather than the usual career highlights type of questions typically asked."
--David Hickman, Professor Emeritus Arizona State University
"James, thank you for the wonderful experience of getting the chance to talk on your show. You create a warm friendly atmosphere, and ask interesting questions that lead us to interesting places! I thoroughly enjoyed our interaction and really respect your skill and depth as a host/interviewer."
--Chris Gekker, Professor of Trumpet University of Maryland
"Dear James, Thanks for inviting me to be interviewed on your podcast. I truly enjoyed our conversation. You helped me feel quite at ease and kept things moving with thoughtful questions and pertinent observations."
--Stanley Friedman, Prolific composer, former orchestral trumpeter
"Dear James, I am very happy that I could talk with you about trumpet and other important things in my life. Your knowledge and friendly atmosphere gives me a good feeling. I hope that this interview will be helpful to the trumpet players."
--Slawomir Cichor, Polish trumpet soloist and composer
"James is great. He's personable, relatable and keen to the insights we'd all like to glean from fellow players. Thanks for your awesome contribution to the online trumpet community and I look forward to many great episodes in the future!"
--James Blackwell, Lead trumpeter and freelance artist
"James was such a pleasure to talk with during our interview. He asked all the right questions, made me laugh and feel at ease while also creating engaging discussion. His genuine interest in my new works for guitar quartet and trumpet highlighted all the most important aspects of the project. Thank you James for creating this opportunity to contribute and be part of the trumpet community."
--Sarah Herbert, Professor of trumpet Western Kentucky University