I starting playing the trumpet in 1979 and I play a Flip Oakes Wild Thing trumpet, which
I purchased in February 2004.  I switch between a Bach 1B, a customized Schilke 14A4A,
and a Monette B11 mouthpiece depending on whether I'm playing jazz or "legit" music.

Wild Thing review:  I love it!  It plays much different than my old horns, but once I
got used to it, I can play higher with it than I could with my old horns, and it has a
much better sound and better response in all registers.  It comes with a .470 bore slide
and a "conical" slide that starts at .460 and opens up to .470, but I always use the full
.470 bore slide because it has a fatter sound, which I prefer over the "smaller" sound.

In 2017, I found a great on a Benge X7 which also has a .470 bore and I play it now instead
of the Wild Thing. I love it too. There's nothing wrong with the Wild Thing, I just decided I wanted
to try a new horn, and this is what I found that I liked. I've been playing on it almost a year now.

I also have a Monique pocket trumpet (just for fun) and a Yamaha YTR6335S, purchased in 1980, which a 
friend of mine converted to a C trumpet. I play it at church and for other gigs when appropriate.

I don't have an extremely high range, but I can play up to double high C (C4), and on occasion, or "D" 
or "E" or above it.  I can actually play higher, but it's just "squeaking" and not real playing.

I've played with many different groups including:
The Germantown (TN) Symphony Orchestra, The Mercedes Knights (now called the Memphis Knights), the local 
doctors' band, Uncle Mal, and I  even got to sit in with the Memphis Jazz Orchestra a couple of times.

I also play from time to time with other bands around the city at various locations, and I 
currently play regularly with the the local Shriner's Band (the Noble Sounds big band and 
the Shrine brass band) and the local VA Band (now known as Memhis Swing Orchestra).  I also
play with the Main Street Jazz Orchestra, and the Southaven Wind Symphony, both located in 
Southaven, MS.  See links below for a few sound files of some of these.

I also play sometimes for several North Mississippi schools' drama departments and Desoto Family 
Theater.  I have played in West Side Story, The Music Man, My Fair Lady, The Scarlet Pimpernel, 
Damn Yankees, Les Mis, Joseph, and I'm sure a few others that I don't remember right off hand.

I used to play at Leawood Baptist Church in Memphis every week.  I now play at First Baptist Church of
Horn Lake, MS. and I have been known to play at different churches around the city from time to time.


Me: "Almighty" · Me: "Sugar Blues" · Me: misc blues riff · Noble Sounds: "Georgia on My Mind"
Noble Sounds: "Groovin' Hard" · LBC Ensemble: "Super Flumina Babylonis" · LBC: "Celebrate Jesus"
MSJO Newspaper Article

Wayne Bergeron: "Oh, Holy Night" · Bones Apart: "Stars and Stripes" · "Yakety Sax" on Tuba
Children of Sanchez "Finale" · Double High C · Quad C, and higher · Screeching high
Mark Van Cleave · Mark Van Cleave · Phil Driscoll: "Crown Him"

The Obligatory Trumpet Jokes · Things You'll Never Hear A Trumpet Player Say

Trumpet Bloopers·

Gotta' get me one of those!


Ultrapure Valve Oil
Ultra Pure Valve Oil
(my personal recommendation)

Trumpet Player Online Windplayer Online
                              TP Online                            Windplayer

Memphis Drum Shop
Memphis Drum Shop

Flip Oakes Trumpets

Flip Oakes Trumpets

Flip Oakes Trumpets

Al Chymia Shrine Band

Al Chymia Shrine Band

Memphis Knights Wayne Bergeron

Memphis Knights Wayne Bergeron

Bones Apart Canadian Brass Memphis Symphony Orchestra
Bones Apart                             Canadian Brass                    Memphis Symphony                

Mike Vax Dan Doty Dulcimers (a friend of mine) Cool links and pics Trumpet buying guide
Mike Vax                           Dan Doty Dulcimers                 Cool Links and Pics             

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