2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Axes of tone on brass instruments

- MST
Broadmoor Hall C

Stanley Curtis
Colorado State University, Assistant Professor (trumpet)

Stanley Curtis has developed a multi-faceted career as trumpeter, teacher, composer and early-music performer. After studying at the University of Alabama, the Cleveland Institute of Music and in the Netherlands on a Fulbright Scholarship, he received his Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University in 2005. He has taught at George Mason University and served as Historic Trumpet Division chair of the National Trumpet Competition. Having retired from a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C., he was appointed to the position of Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Colorado State University in 2018. Since the beginning of 2022, he is the president of the Historic Brass Society. An album of his own compositions, entitled Refracted Light, was released in 2019 on the Arts Laureate label, and his second album of space-themed compositions, Orbits of Infinity, has been released on the Tonsehen label. Stanley blogs on his own Trumpet Journey website.


Dr. Stanley Curtis, trumpet professor at Colorado State University, will discuss six different ways, or "axes," that tone can be changed on brass instruments. Curtis will discuss each axis in theory and then show how to change each one. Volunteers from the audience, young and old, who play a brass instrument, will be welcomed. The audience will be encouraged to weigh in on each demonstration. Strategies for optimizing tone in a band class will be discussed.

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