| Sachs coaching the trumpet section for J.S.Bach’s Magnificat. L-R: Dan Laing (recently appointed Director of Bands and high brass instructor at the Hastings College), Alex Blanton, M.S., Chris Farris.
On April 2, 2007, Dr. Iskander Akhmadullin and the Mizzou Trumpet Studio welcomed Michael Sachs to the University of Missouri-Columbia for a day of master classes and trumpet instruction. Mr. Sachs is Principal Trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra as well as head of the trumpet department and chairman of the brass division at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The day consisted of two clinics and several half-hour private lessons where a number of studio members enjoyed the opportunity to work one-on-one with Mr. Sachs.
In his morning clinic, Mr. Sachs demonstrated various components of his daily warm-up such as mouthpiece buzzing and free buzzing in order to provide a better understanding of their proper use. He also explained the importance of relaxation. According to Sachs, this can be achieved by a perfect balance of airspeed and embouchure strength. Too much of one or the other will have a negative impact on one's playing. This concept came up several times throughout the clinic when Sachs was assisting students with fundamental technique.
The afternoon clinic was structured in a manner that allowed students to perform solos and orchestral excerpts for Michael Sachs. It was followed by a short question and answer session, after which our guest had to leave to Lawrence, Kansas for another full day of teaching at the University of Kansas.
MU students and brass faculty members enjoyed every minute of the inspiring and extremely informative teaching of one of the leading authorities in the trumpet world.
Funding and support for this event were provided by the following:
- University of Missouri-Columbia
- Conn Selmer Inc.
- Instrumental Influence, Inc.
- Kappa Kappa Psi and Sigma Alpha Iota chapters
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Music
Conn Selmer Inc.
Instrumental Influence, Inc.
Brass division, Cleveland Institute of Music
Source: Chris Farris, Graduate Teaching Assistant,
member of the MU Faculty Brass Quintet
Photo: Iskander Akhmadullin