Friedemann Immer Master Class

3/18 - The Tertiary College of Church Music of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bayreuth, Bavaria, will host the 12th International Baroque Trumpet Seminar with Prof. Friedemann Immer (Cologne, Amsterdam) on 24-27 April 2014. For more information, please email

Peter Barton (1930-2013)

3/18 - My mentor and teacher Peter Barton died late in autumn 2013 aged 83, after a short illness. After an initial career as a sports and Latin teacher Peter was taught brass repairing by an eccentric Hungarian called Villi Hertzeg, whose own formal apprenticeship, Peter told me, had been for fifteen years. Peter at first began working on historical brass instruments at the Bate collection in collaboration with Jeremy Montague, and then also for the Horniman and the Reid collections and for Cyrfatha castle. His work for the antique instrument dealer Tony Bingham may  be found in collections across the world. At a time when restoration to playing condition was the fashion, Peter was always very careful to work in the least destructive way that he could  and to preserve as much historical evidence as possible. He wrote articles for GSJ on his work on the Calcott radius horn, the Shaw trumpets in Warwick castle, and  also on the Woodham Rodenbostel slide trumpet which stimulated his  own interest and research into the English slide trumpet.  His last major project, before arthritis forced a return to his other interests of miniature boat building and painting, was the restoration of the silver William Bull trumpet in the Ashmolean museum. Peter would most often spend substantially more time on an instrument than he could ever charge for, but aside from his great skill and patience (and his great generosity to me as a teacher) what most people will remember will be a very warm hearted and genial man with a huge store of entertaining stories and things to talk about. 
-- Nicholas Perry

Brussles conference on Adolphe Sax

7/11 - A conference entitled "Adolphe Sax His Influence and Legacy: A Bicentenary Conference" will be presented at the Musical Instrument Museum (Brussels, Belgium) on July 3-5, 2014. Keynote speakers will be Steve Cottrell and Trevor Herbert. For information on submitting a proposal and/or attending the conference, please click here.

UPDATE: The conference schedule has been set and everything you need to prepare for it has been posted here:

UPDATE (3/21): The conference schedule has been tweaked somewhat, so please use this updated version:

3D "Printed" Cornetti

3/14 - There has been a flurry of discussion about 3D Printer cornetti recently. One maker is Ricardo Simian ( Bruce Dickey is reported to have said that they play very well at A=466, but maybe not quite as well as the best wooden ones. This is encouraging. He also says that they haven't been scaled to A=440 yet, but the website seems to indicate they are available. Discussions on the "Cornettozink" group on Yahoo have revealed another website of interest:

A Mute Cornett has been designed by instrument maker Steven Silverstein as well ( Steve reports, "I did nothing but take his measurements and put them into stl files. The Cornett needed to be cut into four pieces to fit into my print area. To facilitate gluing the pieces together I created alignment cones meant to keep the pieces aligned in the X-Y plane during the glue up. These truncated cones are the negative space at the center of the Cornett. I glued each piece together with two part epoxy. To keep the internal alignment cones from getting glued as well I wrapped the alignment cones in silicone embedded parchment paper. Both the alignment cones and the pieces of parchment paper came out with no fuss". You can click here to watch a youtube video showing some of these instruments.

-- Jeffrey Nussbaum

UPDATE (3/18): 
Cornetto player, Jamie Savan has sent this report ." Having noticed the post about 3D printed cornetti on the HBS website, I thought HBS members might be interested to know about my 'CyberZink' project which also uses CAD modelling and 3D printing for cornetto research: I started printing copies of historical mouthpieces around 18 months ago, and got my first cornetto printed in July last year. I'm using the dimensions for the Christ Church cornetti in the first instance, and the results so far have been very promising. There's further information on the project website:, and I made a little demo video for You Tube:"

New Contrabass Serpent (Anaconda) Available


3/3 - J.c. Sherman, an instrument maker in Bedford, Ohio, has built a new musical instrument, a contrabass serpent. Often referred to by players of the serpent and musical instrument historians as an “Anaconda”, the instrument is an octave below the usual serpent, and thus twice the size and length. The contrabass serpent named “Gabriel”, first completed in September 2013 and revised in 2014, is the fourth full instrument of this pitch. It has 6 holes covered by copper keys, and is made completely of metal, making this the only metal contrabass serpent extant. "Gabriel", this contrabass serpent/anaconda, is on 16-foot CC, and is made entirely from brass and related metals. For pictures, additional information, and purchasing inquiries, please contact J.c. Sherman at, or view his website at

Natural Trumpet Events in Switzerland

2/24 - Mike Diprose will be teaching a natural trumpet course in Arosa, Switzerland 17th-23rd August. The course, taught in both German and English, is geared towards the "unvented" natural trumpet and for those wishing to improve their playing technique without the use of tuning holes. For further information: He will also be hosting a number of workshops throughout the year in various locations, and will be posting those items on this website


Upcoming HBS Events

2/8 - The 2015 HBS Early Brass Festival will be held on Friday July 10 - Sunday July 12, 2015 at Oberlin College. Of special interest will be an up-close view of the Selch instrument collection which is housed at Oberlin. The 2016 event will be the HBS Early Brass Festival which will be held, once again, in collaboration with the Vintage Band Festival in Northfield, MN. Those dates are July 28-31, 2016. Long range plans for another large International Historic Brass Symposium to be held again in New York City. That Symposium will be held during the Summer of 2017.

Query for Shofar Study

1/20 -Jeremy Montagu, president of the Galpin Society, is working on a detailed study of the shofar, including its use and history from Talmudic times onwards, and he is currently concerned with its typology. He has only just over a dozen in his own collection, from north-eastern Europe (18th and 19th centuries), Israel (late 19th century onwards), Morocco, and Iran, and needs help to fill the gaps with typology from other areas of the world and different periods in history. If you have any information, or know of any museums or collections that could assist in this study, he would very much appreciate being contacted via email or on Facebook. For further information on his research, visit his website:

2014 Mountain Collegium Early Music Workshop

1/3 - The 2014 Mountain Collegium Early Music Workshop will take place 29 June - 5 July 2014 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. Erick Schmalz will be teaching brass this year. Classes include technique, improvisation, consorts, folk, Sephardic, and contemporary music.  Continuing Ed Credit is available to teachers.

For further information and registration, click here for their website or contact Jody Miller via email.

His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts Fundraiser

12/4 - His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts is running a fundraising campaign to support their next recording project. It is currently 75% funded through a Kickstarter campaign, but needs your help to nudge us towards that £5000 goal. For further information, please follow this link: There are a variety of rewards and incentives for those who donate. The campaign will end on 12/12, so don't delay!

News from Christopher Monk Workshops

12/2 - Jeremy West and Christoper Monk Workshops has sent news of a number of items of interest to historic brass enthusiasts, including a new resin cornett, the publication of 15 duos from 1590, and the latest recording project from His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts. For more information, click here.

Sackbuts on Broadway

12/2 - In his review in the November 30th edition of the NY Times, of a pair of Shakespeare plays, "Richard III" and Twelfth Night", now running at the Belasco Theater on Broadway, critic Michael Cooper described the show pit band as "more Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, rather than Irving Berlin!" In a rare change from the usual musical forces in a Broadway pit band, this production is using a band of early music performers including two sackbut players, Greg Ingles and Daniel Meyers. To read the full article: click here!

Third International Romantic Brass Symposium

7/8 - Revised 10/27 with new dates. Originally scheduled from noon on Feb. 4 to noon on Feb. 6, it will now be from the morning of Feb. 4 through Feb. 5.

The Bern University of the Arts will host the third International Conference on Romantic Brass, to be held jointly with the Historic Brass Society (HBS) in Bern, February 4 - 5, 2014. The theme of the conference is The Saxhorn in Opera and Military Music. 

The conference is organized in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Adolphe Sax (1814-1894). The Program Committee welcomes proposals for papers, lecture-recitals, lecture-demonstrations, performances, posters, and panel discussions on topics relating to the history, design, use, care, and acoustics of Romantic brasswind instruments. Proposals relating to the following themes are particularly welcomed: 
  • Innovation in nineteenth-century wind-instrument engineering
  • From handwork to mass production: the industrialization of wind-instrument making 
  • Restoration, documentation, and ethical treatment of nineteenth-century wind instruments 
  • Performing nineteenth-century wind music in the twenty-first century

For information about the Bern University's plans and schedule, click here.

For full details on the HBS side of the event, click here: Web or PDF.


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