On Thursday May 13, 2004 Brian Scanlon presented a masterclass at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS (USA). Brian is a freelance trumpet player from Orlando, Florida who has performed with some of the most prolific performers in jazz including Bobby Shew, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Arturo Sandoval, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Dianne Schuur, the Four Tops and the Temptations. He has performed as lead and jazz trumpet with the big bands of Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Larry Elgart, Cab Calloway and the Harry James Orchestra. He has been featured on numerous recordings including Woody Herman "Live in London" and has toured extensively as a member of KC and the Sunshine Band.
Brian spoke about air control, practice habits and the importance of daily practice to help stay in shape. There was also a question and answer segment and Brian often performed various things to illustrate what was discussed. Brian worked with MSU student Tommy Henry to help improve his efficiency while playing. Everyone who attended was floored by the power and control that Brian Scanlon demonstrated, and was inspired to hit the practice room.
MSU Department of Music Education