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Getzen Gazette

Happy Anniversary!
The year 2009 marks a great milestone for the Getzen Company. It is the 70th Anniversary of the company’s founding. That means over 70 years of family involvement in the brass musical instrument industry. It also means four generations of...
Blackburn Leadpipes and Griego Mouthpieces
Only instruments newly ordered and shipped from the Getzen Company will include the new Blackburn leadpipes or Griego Custom mouthpieces. Those instruments already in dealer inventory may not include these items. It is recommended that retail customers confirm that any...
Breaking Up the “Boys Club”
Think of some great American trumpet players. I’m sure everyone can come up with an impressive list of players both past and present. Now, go back through that list and pick out the women. What’s that you say? There aren’t...
How to Play Test an Instrument
By Charlie Miller (edited and reprinted from April 1978 Getzen Gazette) How many times have you seen someone play test an instrument and spend most of his/her effort tying to hit that high F? Or try to perform a passage...
Decorate Your Bandroom On Us
Attention school band directors: Tired of the boring, blank wall space in your band room? Want something to spice it up a bit? With our help, you can now decorate your band room for the cost of a postage stamp....
Dimensional Characteristics of the Trumpet Mouthpieces
By Dr. Maury Deutsch (reprinted and edited from the September 1979 Getzen Gazette) There is nothing more crucial for a successful trumpet or cornet career than a proper fitting mouthpiece. This clearly points out the importance of a qualified instructor...
An Exciting New Partnership
An exciting new era has begun with the creation of a new partnership between the Getzen Company, Inc. and Willson Band Instruments of Switzerland. Following a very productive visit from Willi Kurath in September, Getzen is pleased to announce that...
Getzen and Blackburn:  A Perfect Combination
After working with well known trumpet maker Cliff Blackburn, Getzen is eager to announce an exciting addition to the 940 Eterna piccolo trumpet. Beginning in late 2007, all 940 Eterna short model piccolos will come standard with a set of...
Blast from the Past
From the December 1964 Getzen Gazette: Jim Cullum Sr. (clarinet) and Jim Cullum Jr. (cornet) cut a little loose harmony!
Daily Warm Up for Elementary Brass Players
By Bobby Herriot (edited and reprinted from September 1972 Getzen Gazette) 1. With the Lips Only Try to make a buzzing sound by forcing the air through the lips. To do this, put your mouth in the same position needed...