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Getzen Gazette

What Does a Trombone Leadpipe Do For You?
Everyone knows that trombones have a bell and a handslide. What a lot of players don’t realize is that all trombones also have a leadpipe. However, the majority of leadpipes are fixed (soldered) into the handslide. This is because most...
Happy Anniversary, Getzen!
by Milo Greene March of 2006 marks a great achievement for the Getzen family. That month they will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the family buying back the company bearing its name. In 1991 the Getzen Company’s production and...
Nickel vs. Monel: The Battle Rages On
I suppose a better title would be “Us vs. Them”. Regardless, one of our proudest accomplishments is the reputation we’ve earned for having such great valves. Still, we’re asked why we use nickel plated pistons. Why not follow everyone else...
Mail Bag: March 2006
Dear Getzen, Here are pictures of my son, Will Parker, playing his American Heritage Field Trumpet for the first time at a funeral. Will has been playing Taps since the seventh grade for local funerals. He is now a tenth...
Battle of the Bands
  On January 2, the University of Badgers faced off against the Auburn University Tigers in this year’s Capital One Bowl. Not only did the game bring together a Big Ten powerhouse and an S.E.C. force, but it also showcased...
Mike Vax Joins the Getzen Team
For more than forty years Mike Vax has wowed audiences with his trumpet playing, performing lead and solo work with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Clark Terry Big Bad Band, and the United States Navy Show Band. He’s had the...
Mail Bag: September 2005
Dear Getzen, I am the director of the Clovis High School Trombone Ensemble from Clovis, CA. I enjoyed meeting Tom Getzen and the rest of the team at the Getzen booth during this year’s NAMM show. I have included a...
The Birth of a Handslide
Learn more about Getzen slide production by viewing our factory videos. Have you ever wondered how we earned the reputation of manufacturing the finest trombone handslides? It took years of experience, extremely high standards, and countless hours of handcrafting. We’ve...
A Valuable Air and Breathing Exercise
by Mike Vax The most important aspect of playing any wind instrument is getting air through that instrument. I believe that one of the best ways to practice proper use of the air is to do it away from the...