Trumpet Planet is a website and blog written by Rich Colquhoun, a freelance professional trumpet, flugelhorn and bugle player based in Bristol, UK.
I am trained in playing classical, jazz and commercial styles and have 18 years of experience as a professional performer and session musician. In an average month my work could be playing with a party band, classical solo performances, bugle calls for remembrance services and funerals, playing trumpet in a theatre band, lead trumpet in a salsa group, or small jazz groups. I also have regular engagements playing in orchestras for choral societies, brass bands and function bands. I am a volunteer member of the Hornline staff for 37th Kingwood Drum and Bugle Corps.
Currently I am involved in a number of projects including a salsa band “Fiesta Resistance“; a ska group “King Walrus”; and jazz groups “The Double Sharps“, “The Prohibition Jazz Band” and the “Empire Ballroom Orchestra”.
I have a strong interest in the understanding of brass instruments and embouchure methods including Jerome Callet’s Superchops Embouchure and Jeff Smiley’s Balanced Embouchure method. As a result I am a frequent user of the Trumpet Herald forum. I have found that the history of brass pedagogy is full of opposing ideas and that many traditional approaches to playing contradict both science and common sense. In my playing I use the Tongue Controlled Embouchure as described by Bahb Civiletti.
Update: In recent months I have begun servicing, customising and repairing small brass instruments. Please keep an eye on my blog and Instagram for further information.
Where now? Below you’ll see a list of some of my recent blog posts. Although they are all trumpet related, the topics can vary a lot from equipment choices and playing techniques to discussions about ideology and out-of-the-box pedagogy. There are a few recordings of my playing thrown in there when I have the chance too. Enjoy!