Finding a Good Picc

That’s right, picc, not pic as in picture of yourself at your gig looking sharp ūüėČ

I’ve played many piccolo trumpets over the years, A side, Bb side, and eventually settled on a Kanstul 920. ¬†Also played were a Yamaha picc and a Schilke picc. ¬†I’ve tricked out my picc by getting an osmun leadpipe (Bb side) and a Bob Reeves valve alignment. ¬†Both were nice improvements. ¬†Here’s a vid of me playing said picc:

Luckily I’m playing with some great musicians and we pulled that piece off quite well. ¬†This is a fantastic picc piece from the Baroque era, composed by Bach, “Grosse Herr” from the Christmas oratorio.

Now for something completely different! ¬†Here is one of my earlier forays into piccolo trumpet playing and I’m not ashamed to reveal it was with a drum and bugle corps. ¬†In fact this show won the world championships in 2006…long time ago! ¬†The piccolos begin about 1/4 through the video.

Pretty wild that we picked up those piccs from the sideline every day in the hot summer sun and played them, what a concept!

So how to find a good picc? ¬†Well I’ll tell you when I figure that out! ¬†Until then…try different mouthpieces lol!

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