(The Pivot System) - Online Trumpet Teacher Chris LaBarbera of Boca Raton, Florida is a well known professional trumpet player in the south Florida area and a former student of Donald S. Reinhardt one of the greatest brass teachers of all time and the originator of the Pivot System For Brass. Trumpet Player Chris LaBarbera is amassing quite a reputation as an online Pivot System trumpet teacher and all around problem solver. In addition to all the big name acts that have flowed through south Florida at one time or another as well as various dance bands and Latin bands, Chris has performed with Frank Sinatra Jr., Ray Charles, Dick Hyman, Carl Fontana, and Flip Phillips just to name a few.
Unlike many in the profession, Chris has essentially played professionally since the age of seventeen. Chris never attended college etc. nor did he go on the road with any big name musical groups ... yet, he has built a comfortable career by teaching and performing throughout the south Florida area.
Trumpet Teacher Chris LaBarbera performs on a Carol Brass 5000L Professional Model Bb Trumpet and he also owns a Conn 60B. Chris states that Johnny Hodges introduced him to the Carol Brass Trumpets and that he is very pleased with this horn. Chris plays on a Warburton 6ES model top with several different back bores; however, mainly the "KT" back-bore. Chris loves the old Giardinelli back-bores and he had a bunch of them cut and threaded a while back. He sent them to Ken Titmus at Warburton who worked on them and sent them back to Chris. Chris picked one out that he really liked and the Warburton "New York" back-bore was born ! Chris spoke very highly of trumpet player Ken Titmus at Warburton.