The Trumpeter’s City

The Trumpeter’s City

What a pleasure it was today to spend time in Bad Sackingen! A group of four of us – Myself, PSO 2nd Trumpet Neal Berntsen, PSO Principal Tubist Craig Knox, and WQED Radio host Jim Cunningham, had the privilege of spending a few hours at the trumpet museum in “The Trumpeter’s City”. (All photos by Craig Knox)

Our tour guide – Dr. Ed Tarr – gave us a private tour of several rooms of trumpets, and took us on a visual journey, if you will, from the first beginnings of natural, valve-less trumpets from the 16th and 17th centuries, to today’s modern trumpets.

Ed has made handfuls of recordings over the last 40 years, mostly of baroque pieces on period instruments, as well as several recordings on modern trumpets.. His wealth of knowledge of the history of the trumpet, and how the introduction of keys, and, finally, valves played a role in the development of our modern instruments was fascinating and quite insightful.

It was so much fun to spend time with such a great historian and knowledgeable tour guide. The museum was not normally open on Fridays, but Ed made a special arrangement with the current museum curator to allow us time for a private tour.

Enjoy some additional pictures that PSO principal tubist, Crag Knox took of our tour:

Neal and me, next to the statue of "The Trumpeter of Sackingen"

Next to a portrait and copy of the trumpet played by Gottfried Reiche, Bach's first trumpet player

Me and Neal, with the Trumpet Museum in the background

1 thought on “The Trumpeter’s City”

  • When are you going to hear some real brass like Mnozil or German? JK! PSO Brass is my fav now!

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