Non-Pro Player Committee

The Non-Pro Player Committee represents the interests of trumpet players who do not derive the major portion of their income from performing or teaching trumpet. The Non-Pro Player contingent begins with players who are starting over again (the Comeback Player) and runs the gamut from there through the highly competent professional player.
The goal of the Committee is to develop specific activities, events, and publications that address the specific interests and needs of the Non-Pro Player.
To this end, the committee has organized and regularly presents the following events that have become a regular part of the annual ITG Conference:
•          Non-Pro/Comeback Player Clinic
•          Non-Pro/Comeback Player Master Class
•          Non-Pro/Comeback Player Warmup Session
•          Non-Pro/Comeback Player Trumpet Ensemble
•          Non-Pro/Comeback Player Meet and Greet Reception
The efforts of the committee have extended to the ITG Web Site where there is now a section dedicated specifically to the Non-Pro Player. This section will continue to grow as the committee adds Non-Pro Player Clinic presentations along with original articles written specifically for the Non-Pro Player.
The committee is also active in developing Non-Pro Player articles for publication in the ITG Journal.
The Non-Pro Player Committee is here to serve you. We would first like to thank those who have previously served on the committee and have made much of this possible. Secondly, we hope that you will let us know what we can do to better serve you.

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Dan Hallock, Chair (USA, founding committee member 2005)
[email protected]  

Raquel Rodriquez Samoya, Board of Directors Liaison (USA, appointed June 2020)

Tim Hering (USA, appointed August 2018)

Thomas Zoubek (USA, appointed August 2012)

Daryl Yaeger (Canada, appointed 2012)

John Hackett (United Kingdom, appointed September 2014)

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Non-Pro/Comeback Player Clinic
The Non-Pro Player Committee is responsible for selection and recommendation of the presenter and topic for the Non-Pro/Comeback Player Clinic at ITG Conferences

Previous ITG Conference Non-Pro/Comeback Player Clinics, Presenters and Topics:

2007 Amherst, Massachusetts – Kim Dunnick, Comeback Player Basics

2008 Banff, Alberta, Canada – Michael Tunnell (with Gordon Mathie & Matt Byrne), Recovering from Injury

2009 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Don Roeder and Brian Evans, Growing Old Gracefully with the Trumpet

2010 Sydney, NSW, Australia – Dan Hallock and Jeff Piper, Tools for Trumpet Players with Day Jobs

2011 Minneapolis, Minnesota – Kim Dunnick, Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

2012 Columbus, Georgia - Bryan Goff, Planning, Structuring, and Adapting to Your Comeback

2013 Grand Rapids, Michigan - David Brown, Starting Over Again – The True Comeback Player

2014 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania - Vincent DiMartino, The Golden Years of Trumpet – Maintaining Technical and Musical Skills

2015 Columbus, Ohio – Gordon Mathie, Music is My Life

2016 Anaheim, California - Alan Siebert, Coming Back from Injury and Injury Avoidance

2017 Hershey, Pennsylvania - Chase Sanborn, How to Sustain Level on Limited Practice or Circuit Training for Brass Players

2018 San Antonio, Texas - David Vining, Using Body Mapping to Prevent Injury and Become More Efficient

2019 Miami, Florida - Christopher Moore, Let's Get Back to Fundamentals!; Keys to Success for Every Comeback/Non-Pro Player Enthusiast (Description, Presentation, Power Point PDF)

The Non-Pro Players Committee is responsible for selection and recommendation of the Non-Pro Players Master Class pedagogue. The Non-Pro Player Master Class concept is to give a class where instead of lecturing on a topic, the pedagogue asks selected players to play in front of the attendees while the pedagogue notes the good and bad aspects, makes suggestions, etc.  In other words, presents a master class where the performers are not students, but “Comeback Players” or “Non-Pro Players”.

Previous ITG Conference Non-Pro Players Master Classes:

2012 Columbus, Georgia – Bill Pfund

2013 Grand Rapids, Michigan – Jim Olcott, From the Heart

2014 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania – Tina Erickson

2015 Columbus, Ohio – Jeff Piper

2016 Anaheim, California – Jason Bergman

2017 Hershey, Pennsylvania - Judith Saxton -  Alexander Technique / Alexander Technique Resources

2018 San Antonio, Texas - John Irish

2019 Miami, Florida - Brian Shaw

The Non-Pro Player Committee initiated the first ever Non-Pro Players Meet and Greet Reception at the 2013 ITG Conference, with Board and Non-Pro Players Committee members providing insights regarding ITG support for the Non-Pro Player activities. Small groups of conference attendees meet, chat and exchange ideas and stories as they make new friends and renew old acquaintances.

The most recent Meet and Greet reception was hosted in 2019 by Stomvi and Thompson Music at Miama, Florida.

The Non-Pro Player Committee would like to provide Non-Pro/Comeback players with the opportunity to have visible support in the organization. A portion of that is afforded by providing Non-Pro/Comeback players with the opportunity to perform in an ensemble at each ITG conference during the Festival of Trumpets. There is significant interaction and healthy communication when players work together toward a common performance goal.

Previous ITG Conference Non-Pro Players Ensembles at Festival of Trumpets:

2012 Columbus, Georgia – directed by David Brown –18 players in premiere of David Brown’s arrangement of Gabrieli’s Septimi toni a 8, No. 2 for 8 trumpets

2013 Grand Rapids, Michigan – directed by David Brown - 32 players in a premiere of David Brown’s arrangement of Gabrieli’s Canzona noni toni a 12 for 12 trumpets and Kevin McKee’s Durrenhorn Passage for 6 trumpets

2014 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania – directed by Kevin Eisensmith - 30 players in David Marlatt’s 15-part Festival Fanfare

2015 Columbus, Ohio – directed by David Brown - 28 players in Eric Morales’ Within Sacred Walls for 6 trumpets and the premiere of Wesley Nance’s A Brief Adventure for 10 trumpets

2016 Anaheim, California – directed by David Brown – 18 players in the premiere of David Marlatt’s Windscape for 1 Bb piccolo trumpet, 6 Bb trumpets and 3 Bb flugelhorns 

2017 Hershey, Pennsylvania - directed by David Brown - 27 players in the premiere of James Olcott's The Standard (a Sousa-style march using the Hayden Concerto as the seed) for 10 trumpets

2018 San Antonio, Texas - directed by Seretta Hart - 14 players in premiere of Kody Euteneier's Prelude and Fugue on a Theme by Herbert L. Clarke for 6 Bb trumpets

2019 Miami, Florida - directed by Seretta Hart - 17 players in the premiere of Jason Dovel's The Legend of Pandora for 10 Bb trumpets

The Non-Pro Player Committee initiated warm-up sessions at the 2015 ITG Conference specifically for Non-Pro/Comeback Player to assist in the art of warming up.

Previous Non-Pro Player Warm-Up Sessions:

2015 Columbus, Ohio - directed by Jeff Piper

2016 Anaheim, California - directed by Jason Bergman - Bergman Warm Up Routine

2017 Hershey, Pennsylvania - directed by Judith Saxton

2018 San Antonio, Texas - directed by John Irish - John Irish Warm Up

2019 Miami, Florida - directed by Brian Shaw

Call for Non-Pro Player Articles

ITG members are called upon to submit either a topic proposal or completed article for potential publication in the ITG Journal and/or in the Non-Pro Player (NPP) section of the ITG Website. Additionally, the author may be invited to present the article at a future ITG Conference.

The topic of any submission should be of interest to the typical NPP or specific subgroup.

The ITG definition of NPP is: any trumpet player who does not derive the major portion of their income from performing or teaching trumpet. As such, an NPP's playing expertise may lie anywhere from beginner to that of a highly competent professional player.

Submission guidelines and formatting suggestions are available as a PDF information pack.

Please submit articles or topic proposals to:

Dan Hallock
Chair, Non-Pro Players Committee
[email protected]  

ITG Journal articles reviewed and approved for publication by the Non-Pro/Comeback Players Committee:
1. Growing Old Gracefully With the Trumpet: A Guide for the Comeback Player by Donald K. Roeder
2. Pulmonary Mechanics: Factors That Initiate and Maintain an Effective Air Stream by David D. Michie
3. Redefining Goals: The Older Trumpeter in the Community Orchestra by Barry Rachin
4. Motivation and COVID-19 by John Hackett

Non-Pro Player Articles written by and for Non-Pro/Comeback Players:
1. Care and Feeding Of Your Lip and Skills When Time is Limited by Floyd Friedli
2. The Comeback Player by Vern Campbell
3. Indelibly Stamped - Lessons learned from Mr. James “Jimmy” Stamp by David Johns


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