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2024 Symposium Schedule


Tentative Schedule

Weds July 10 – Sunday July 14

Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, 10 West 64th St, New York NY 10023

Coffee, Tea and light refreshments will be available throughout the day in our private social space, just  outside the Theater.  

Vendor displays will be available in our private social space and attached private space for trying  instruments.  

Schedule subject to change

Wednesday, July 10

1:00 pm – Registration / social time / refreshments

2:00 – Welcome and Keynote -Sabine Klaus : Myths and Facts about the Birth of the Modern Trumpet Short break

SESSION 1: Manufacturing / Organology

3:15 Dulin/Hoff : Vincent Bach Trumpet History: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary year of  Bach trumpets.

3:45 Akiyama : European Labrosones in The Musical Collection of the University of  Gottingen; Organological Sources for 19C Audible and Material culture

4:15 Jones : The Early American Tuba

4:45 R. Dale Olson : The Brass Musical Instrument mouthpiece, a Longitudinal Quantitative  assessment.


7:00pm CONCERT: The Wallace Collection – New Discoveries from mid-19C Paris Venue: Marjorie Deane Little Theater 10 W 64th St, New York 10023

Thursday, July 11

9:00-10 Keynote 2 - Peter Holmes

Short break

SESSION 2: 17-18C Instruments, Repertoire, and Performance Practice

10:15 Campbell/Myers : Acoustics of the Vented Trumpet

10:45 Wadsack : Analysis of trumpet nomenclature and HIP

11:15 Cline : Zugtrumpet, Naturlich, & some shadowy, shared, surprising, slidey solutions  regarding this Baroque Bastard

11:45 Yuen : Minority in Baroque Trumpet Repertoire: Minor Repertoire for Baroque Trumpet Kaza : The Horn Parts in Haydn’s Symphony No. 46: High or Low?

12:15-1:30 LUNCH BREAK

SESSION 3: 17-18C Instrument Transitions

1:30 Troiano : Hear the Difference! – The Evolution from Serpent to Euphonium 2 – 3: 00 : US Army Old Fife and Drum Corps : Natural Trumpets in Early America  

Short break

SESSION 4: 17-18C Transitions  

3:15 Carter : ‘Rognoni, Mariani, Jarzebski and the “Bastard” Trombone’

3:45 Belser : French Baroque Serpent improvisatory techniques

4:15- 5:15Snedeker : Hand and/or Valve: The Final Transition to Valved Horn at the Paris  Conservatoire Lecture and Recital of repertoire that incorporates both techniques


7pm EVENING CONCERT – Baroque Period: Jared Wallis et al.

Venue to be confirmed (for harpsichord and organ availability)

Friday, July 12

9-10 - Keynote 3: John Wallace: From Steam Age to Steam Punk

Short break

SESSION 5: Mid to Late19C Repertoire

10:15 Nemeth : Battle of the Bands: Adolphe Sax’s Sonic Fusillades and the Military Politics of  Timbral Homogeneity

10:45 Coffin : Sounds of Change : Brass Chamber Music in mid-19th Century Paris  11:15 Adler : Lost Music for a Lost Instrument: 19th Century solo repertoire for bass tuba 11:45 Adler : Recital  

12:15-1:15 LUNCH BREAK

SESSION 6: EARLY 19C Repertoire in Transition

1:15 Dudgeon : Recently Found Keyed Bugle Repertoire (Lecture/recital)

1:45 von Steiger : The arrival of modernity in the province: the introduction of valve  instruments in Switzerland. A Case study.

2:15 McGrattan : The cornet air varie in Britain during the first half of the nineteenth century  and the solos of Samuel Blight

2:45 Sluchin : Charles Gounod’s lost work for the Paris Conservatoire 1855 Trombone Concours de sortie

Short break

3:30 – 5:00 Playing sessions / Performance workshops  

DINNER BREAK / IndividualTravel to Met Museum

6 pm -8 pm MET Gallery Concert : Arms and Armor Gallery –UofKY, Eastman and US Old  Fife natural trumpet ensembles.  

Saturday, July 13

9:00 KOEHLER : A Brief History of the HBS


Short Break


10:15 Briner : “He Can Join a Brass Band, and Play Great Music:” Bands on the Kiowa Comanche-Apache Reservation

10:45 Castillo Silva : Music military archives: Estanislao García Espinosa, a Mexican marine  (1903-1973)

11:15 Muntefering : “Make it Snappy” – John Philip Sousa Band’s ‘Third-of-a-Century Tour’  Through South Dakota – November 1925

11:45 Hersey : “Battle of the Sexes”: Maria Backstrom and the Harlem Playgirls 12:15 LUNCH BREAK

SESSION 8: 20th Century

1:30 John Miller : A hidden brass tradition: The amateur British brass band quartet from World  War II until the millenium

2:00 Micah Miller : Booker Little: an Innovator in Post-Bop Improvisation and Pop Playing 2:15 Žurková : A rare manual for the construction of brass instruments from the end of the 19th century

2:45 Brand : Czech Trumpet Repertoire and Style: An Investigation of Essential Czech  Musical Elements and Music from Communist Czechoslovakia

Break / Individual travel to Met Museum

4:15 – Guided tour at MET Museum (optional)

6pm -8pm MET EVENING CONCERT : Music Gallery– The Wallace Collection

Sunday, July 14

Session 9:  

9:45 Dzida : Use of the Natural Trumpet in the Spanish Baroque Era, and Compositional  Influence [if feasible]

10:00 Apple / Curtis : Two Other Viennese Keyed Trumpet Virtuosi : Anton Khayll and Joseph  Werner

10:30 Apple / Curtis : Keyed Trumpet recital

11:15 TBC

12:00 Closing Comments: Koehler et al.

4th International HBS Symposium - July 10-14, 2024 in New York City

Registration for the HBS Symposium 2024 is now open. 


The HBS SYMPOSIUM 2024 will take place Wednesday July 10 – Sunday July 14, 2024 in New York City. The event will be centered in the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre, 10 West 64 th Street, just steps from Central Park and 1 block from Lincoln Center. This is a state of the art theater with excellent projection and sound, a baby grand piano, comfortable tiered seating, and a variety of other amenities. It is located within the Westside YMCA complex, which also provides a variety of housing options at a reasonable cost.

Our keynote speakers include Sabine Klaus, Peter Holmes and John Wallace. There will be over 35 presentations on a wide range of topics, playing sessions open to all participants, and opportunities to try instruments from attending makers, as well as evening concerts and a tour of the Met Museum instrument collection led by Bradley Strauchen-Scherer on Saturday afternoon.

Registration includes all sessions and concerts, including playing sessions, a tour of the Met Museum collection on Saturday afternoon, and 2 concerts at the Museum on Friday and Saturday evenings. Light refreshments will be available during the breaks as well.

Rates are: General: $250   Students: $150.

Daily rates (available at the door: $55(General) / $35 (Student) Housing: We have a very limited number of single rooms available via the Registration page. You can also book a room at the Westside YMCA directly through their website:

A variety of room types are available. We have also reserved a block of 20 single rooms at NYU University Hall at a cost of $130/night. These reservations must be handled on the Registration form. We are continuing to look for additional housing options at reasonable costs and will update information with any discount codes as we are able.

HBS Supports 2024 North American Baroque Trumpet Competition and Conference

The HBS is proud to announce that it will be supporting the second North American Baroque Trumpet Competition and Conference. This event will be hosted at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colorado, on April 6th and 7th by Stanley Curtis, trumpet professor at CSU and current President of the HBS. The public event consists of concerts, master classes, paper presentations, and a competition—all related to the baroque trumpet. Additional sponsors include Brass for Beginners, Maller Brass, and the CSU ITG Student Chapter

Please join us in celebrating and recognizing outstanding young solo and ensemble baroque trumpets, renowned guest artists, and though-provoking researchers right next to the Rocky Mountains! 

North American Baroque Trumpet Competition and Conference




HBS's New General Manager, Adam Dillon

After an extensive search process, the HBS Executive Committee has hired a General Manager, Adam Dillon. 

Adam Dillon is a specialist in historical trombones and chamber music, and he is the managing director of Forgotten Clefs, Renaissance Wind Ensemble. Adam is also the Production and Events Assistant at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. In January 2018 Adam was featured as an emerging professional in Early Music America’s EMagazine's Early to Rise series. He has given papers on Renaissance topics at the International Medieval Renaissance Conference in Uppsala, Sweden and Munich, Germany. Passionate about children's outreach and education programs, Adam has taught Renaissance dance, music, and history through Shakespeare's Ear and Shawms and Stories to elementary school students in south/central Indiana and North Carolina. Adam lives in Montréal, QC while pursuing a DMus at McGill University. He has also studied at Indiana University and the University of North Texas. Science fiction books, political podcasts, and a love of public transit take up Adam’s extra-musical spare time.

Congratulations and welcome to Adam! 

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Holger Eichhorn (1942-2023)

Holger Eichhorn, pioneering cornettist, musicologist, polemicist, and editor, has left us. I first met Holger in 1975, when, having heard news of a new cornetto player in Basel, he invited me to come to Berlin to meet him. I took a night train, which Holger (and his younger brother Klaus) met at the station. He accompanied me to his place and then listened intently as I, eyes barely open, warmed up on my Monk resin cornetto. I still remember vividly his first words, “Hmm… nice, but still rather trumpetlike.” With that visit I came to know Holger’s passion for the cornetto, his intensity, his unwillingness to compromise on anything, his immense knowledge and his propensity to play on instruments that had nothing to do, that I could discern, with historical cornetti. As I got to know him better over the next couple of decades, all of those impressions only deepened - and also my perplexity and my respect. 

Historic Brass Society Board Member Honored with International Composition Award

            Dr. Joanna Hersey, longtime HBS member and the organization’s Secretary, was honored at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference held May 29th-July 3rd, held at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. The International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) celebrated the organization's 50th anniversary with a week of concerts, student competitions, masterclasses, and historical presentations. Participants gathered from across the world, joined by local educators, students, community members, and a variety of exhibitors showcasing instrument design and new music.

Jeremy West named 2023 Christopher Monk Award winner

Congratulations to the 2023 Christopher Monk Award recipient, Jeremy West!

West is an evangelist for the cornett, the often-overlooked wind instrument which was held in the highest possible regard during the 16th and 17th centuries. He continues to play a lead role in re-establishing this instrument as a recognized and accepted virtuoso and ensemble instrument and now has thirty-five years of top class playing and recording experience with many of Europe's leading renaissance and early baroque ensembles.

Nussbaum's Renaissance instruments for sale

Founder and former president of the Historic Brass Society, Jeff Nussbaum, is selling his collection of Renaissance wind instruments. They are being sold by the Von Huene Workshop. Included for sale are: 

  1. Silverstein cornetto in A
  2. Silverstein cornetto dirritto in A
  3. Bob Marvin mute cornett in A circa 1967
  4. Serge Delams muste cornetto in G
  5. Silverstein Renaissance soprano and alto recorders
  6. Kobliczek recorder in G
  7. Hopf bass Renaissance recorder
  8. Korber soprano and alto crumhorn

For those interested, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Additionally, a wide selection of brass instruments from the collection are being sold by Chris Belluscio. Those interested may contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trombone Champ video game makes a splash

Read about a fun new video game, "Trombone Champ," that is making headlines lately. Read the full article here

Romantic Brass in Context Symposium set for April, 2023

Romantic Brass in Context: 19th-Century Brass Instruments in Military, Church, Chamber, Opera, and Orchestra, the Sixth International Romantic Brass Symposium is set for  April 20-22, 2023 in Bern, Switzerland, held by Hochschule der Künste Bern in collaboration with the Historic Brass Society.

The well-established Romantic Brass Symposia present current research on brass instruments, concentrating on music of the long 19th century (1789–1914). After conferences on the keyed trumpet and the ophicleide, French horns, the materiality of brass instruments, the saxhorn, the conservation of historical brass instruments, and the trombone and acoustics, this sixth edition is open to all brass-related topics, highlighting interaction of brass instruments with their musical contexts. It is held in collaboration with the Historic Brass Society. Keynote addresses will be given by Sandy Coffin, Ignace De Keyser, Trevor Herbert, Sabine Klaus, Arnold Myers, and Anneke Scott.

It will include papers, lecture recitals and concerts with spoken commentary on all topics of brass instruments of the long 19th century, including historically informed performance, style, repertoire, history, and instruments. The official language for the conference is English.

The symposium website is All information on program, fees and accommodation will be published there.

Charles Toet named 2022 Christopher Monk Award winner


Congratulations to the 2022 Christopher Monk Award recipient, Charles Toet!

Toet was born in 1951 in the Hague. He received his musical training at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, where he studied modern trombone with Anne Bijlsma (sr.) and Arthur Moore and where he began to specialize in early music and Baroque trombone. He taught at the same institution from 1976-2018, as well as at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel) from 1990-2019 and the Musikhochschule in Trossingen (Germany) from 1996-2007.

He currently divides his energies between the seventeenth century (mostly with Concerto Palatino of which he is the co-founder) and the Classical and early Romantic repertoires, played on original instruments.

Charles Toet has performed and recorded extensively with Bruce Dickey and Concerto Palatino and with numerous other ensembles of particular importance to the history of early music, including Syntagma Musicum of Amsterdam (Kees Otten), The Taverner Players of London (Andrew Parott), the Hilliard Ensemble, Hespérion XX (Jordi Savall), La Petite Bande (Sigiswald Kuijken), the vocal ensemble Currende (Erik van Nevel), Tragicomedia (Stephen Stubbs), Cantus Cölln (Konrad Junghänel), Bach Collegium Japan (Susuki Masaaki), The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Ton Koopman), and the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées (Philippe Herreweghe).

Considered a pioneer in the performance practice and repertoire of the historical trombone, Charles Toet is frequently asked to be a guest performer and teacher in early music projects and courses around the world.

For more information about The Monk Award, visit


Meet our HBS Secretary, Dr. Joanna Hersey!


Serving as Secretary of the Historic Brass Society is Dr. Joanna Hersey, a tubist, composer, and educator. In addition to her tuba degrees, Joanna also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Her work in the areas of race and gender is found in Volume 20 of our Historic Brass Society Journal, where she showcased the activity of female brass musicians touring through the American vaudeville era. Joanna served as Principal Tubist with the United States Coast Guard Band, and is now Associate Dean of Student Success and Curriculum for the College of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Music, at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

We are very grateful for all that Joanna brings to the HBS!