Mario’s Favorites

Hub Van Laar makes the instruments I play (Bb, C, and flugelhorn), and they are the best I’ve had the pleasure of using to perform music.

Jay Rizzetto has put together a great website of interviews, trumpet music, product
reviews, and valuable advice about the trumpet at

Dennis Najoom former principal trumpet of the Milwaukee Symphony, makes
wonderful mouthpieces and leadpipes that my students and I enjoy playing.
He’s a friend, great player, and dedicated craftsman.

Jay Lichtman, my former student, is a terrific trumpet player who has created free brass sheet music “not to be resold, but to remain free for everyone.” You can download these wonderful transcriptions and very creative etudes at

Rob Roy McGregor took my place in the L.A. Philharmonic and has now retired to spend more time running his publishing company, Balquhidder Music. The extensive catalog includes a transcription we did together of the Robert Schuman Romances for Trumpet and Piano.

Alan Colin, a long-time friend and the owner of Charles Colin publications, has an incredible collection of trumpet etudes, solos, duets, trios, etc. You’ll find everything you need at

Marvin Stamm and I have been friends for many years and I think you’ll enjoy his music and thought-provoking editorials.