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About The Book

What is this book about?

This book centers on the life and playing styles of three of the most highly acclaimed lead trumpet players of all time, Eugene “Snooky” Young, Al Porcino and Conrad Gozzo.  Their style, sound and interpretation are studied and copied throughout the entire world.

Simply put, the goals of this book are:


  1. To better understand the evolution of lead trumpet playing by learning about the history, stylistic nuances, phrasing and articulation of the masters.

  2. Educate the student to play in the appropriate style at the appropriate time

  3. Present all this information in an easy to follow, enjoyable read with included transcriptions (plus recommended listening and further study) to facilitate the learning gap between hearing and seeing the written example.

This book is not about:

  1. How to play high notes.

  2. The mechanics of trumpet playing.

  3. An exhaustive examination of all lead players (there are dozens of other players worth studying but their inspiration, style and concept usually all comes back to these three.)

This book is aimed to inform trumpet players of all levels, from middle school through college students, “weekend warriors” and professionals that want to be more knowledgeable and inspired by the masters of lead playing. 

About The Author

Jason is a former member and lead trumpet of the GRAMMY-winning One O'Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas, where he earned a BM and MM in trumpet performance.  Since relocating to Las Vegas in 2010, Jason has performed with countless top shows and celebrities including: Cirque du Soleil, Boyz II Men, John Fogerty, Noel Gallagher (Oasis), Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Hugh Jackman, Matt Goss, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The O'Jays, The Buckinghams, Paul Anka, Donny and Marie Osmond, Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns, Human Nature, and many more...

Besides this book about lead trumpet playing, Jason also started the Music Entrepreneurship program at his alma mater, The University of North Texas, where he taught the first ever 'Music Industry Entrepreneurship' Class as adjunct faculty.  

He publishes a self-indulgent website where he doesn't speak about himself in the third person as much as here.

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