Skip to content

Posts by James Newcomb

Man’s Greatest Fear…

…is dying without having really lived. In the fall of 2018, I was going through a pretty rough time. I had recently separated from my wife of 12 years, and she was saying some really nasty things about me. I mean, things that innocent men spend years of their lives in prison if they’re convicted…

Read Full Post

Turns Out Trumpet Soloist Really Is a Career, Leading Your Audience to Peaceful Moments, Getting Started on Piccolo, and Much More w/ Floris Onstwedder

“Trumpet soloist is an oxymoron”… We’ve heard it before. We even heard it on last week’s show w/ Patrick Oliverio. Well, Floris Onstwedder has something to say about that. At the ripe young age of 26, he’s already done some amazing things as a trumpet soloist. His is a name I expect we’ll be hearing…

Read Full Post

The Trumpet DIDN’T Sound…

In 2014, I was given an opportunity to perform Handel’s masterpiece Messiah. One of the most famous pieces in the classical trumpet repertoire is The Trumpet Shall Sound. Well, I’ll allow the title of this episode to tell you how it went, but in spite of the unfortunate outcome of the performance, it set in motion a…

Read Full Post

Going Acapella, The Oxymoronic Career of Trumpet Soloist, Finding Zen in Performance and Much More w/ Patrick Oliverio.

“Average Joe?!” I asked incredulously. “Yes, I…” “Average Joe???!!!” I asked, again stupefied. When it comes to the trumpet, Patrick Oliverio is anything but average. Solo cornetist w/ the Fountain City Brass Band, awarded first place in the graduate division of the 2017 National Trumpet Competition, highly sought-out teacher and performer in the Kansas City…

Read Full Post

What You REALLY Need to Start a Podcast

Hey James, I’m thinking of starting a podcast… If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that phrase, I wouldn’t have the job I have now. Well, perhaps it’s not quite as often as that, but it’s often enough that I decided to write this blog post. Every once in a while, people ask…

Read Full Post
Scroll To Top