The self same felt hat came into prominence in the last movement of Friederich Gulda's unusual concerto for 'cello and wind ensemble, which has a big band style finale - what a fun piece to perform - a bit outrageous really.
I have been offered the opportunity to take a lesson with Kristian Steenstrup when he comes to teach at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in October. He is widely regarded as one of the finest teachers and thinkers regarding brass playing. His book 'Teaching Trumpet' contains a wealth of research and information concerning all aspects of playing the instrument and I would highly recommend it.
A friend who is keen to develop her trumpet playing came round to the house to get my input on her playing and was delighted to be introduced to the concepts developed by Greg Spence in Mystery to Mastery, which I have been studying since January. Greg's slingshot concept works so perfectly, I observed a video of Italian maestro trumpeter, Giovane Cassone, using the breathing bag to demonstrate these principles during a masterclass.