Professional Trumpet Player Augie Haas has been gracious in allowing me to utilize portions of his University of Miami School of Music Doctoral Essay - "The Art of Playing Trumpet in the Upper Register." The following are interviews that Mr. Haas obtained from noted professional Trumpet Players in regards to playing trumpet in the upper registers. It should be noted that Mr. Haas has recently released his own "Build Your Range" method book that can be purchased here - AUGIEHAAS.COM ... along with Mr. Haas recordings.
AUGIE HAAS, a Milwaukee native, began playing trumpet at age 10 and has been performing, composing, and teaching ever since. He began touring the nation at age 15 with the musical ambassadors of Wisconsin, KIDS from Wisconsin. After his 3 year tour
with KIDS, Haas decided a professional trumpet career was his passion so he accepted a
scholarship to Roosevelt University's Chicago College of the Performing Arts and
received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. After graduating from Roosevelt, Haas
accepted another scholarship and graduate assistant ship to The University of Miami's
Frost School of Music Conservatory for a Masters in Studio Music and Jazz as well as a
Doctorate in Musical Arts. Haas plays lead trumpet for numerous bands on campus, most
notably Miami's Concert Jazz Band, an 18 piece big band that won best college big band
in 2007 & 2010 according to Downbeat magazine.
While in Miami, Mr. Haas began performing/recording for a wide range of
professional artists/producers, most recently including: Disney, The Temptations,
Rihanna, Pitbull, Iggy Pop, Jet, The O'Jays, The Four Tops, Bernadette Peters, Joel Gray,
Steve Miller, Roy Hargrove, Arturo Sandoval, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Orchestra,
Bruce Hornsby, the Milwaukee Pops Orchestra, Dave Liebman's Big Band, John Secada,
Slide Hampton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, John Fedchock, Randy Brecker and Frank Tiberi.
In 2009 Haas began touring with Maria Schneider, Paul Anka and also began national TV
credits including The Tonight Show, The Ellen Show, 2009 Alma Awards and the Tom
Green Show. Haas has also made numerous "guest" appearances such as performing a
Solo National Anthem for the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers.
Since moving to Miami, Haas is known as a well composer combining jazz with
elements of pop. In order to begin writing new music, Haas founded his own band, "The
South Nine Ensemble." South Nine Ensemble has released two albums, "The Llama" and
"Doing it Augie Style," both including original works written, arranged, and composed
by Mr. Haas. In hopes to have jazz inspire a younger audience, Hass also co-founded
Playtime Music, LLC. Currently, Mr. Haas is playing Lead Trumpet for Harry Connick Jr.
QUESTION -What equipment do you use for upper register playing and why?
QUESTION - What is the effect of the proper equipment on upper register?
QUESTION - How does a player go about finding optimal equipment?
QUESTION - In your opinion, approximately what percentage of high note playing is mental vs. physical?
QUESTION - Is upper register playing a learned trait or is it based on natural ability?
QUESTION - What is your philosophy on breathing concerning the upper register?
QUESTION - How does air compression effect upper register playing and should a player be able to execute upper register playing both with and without compressed air?
QUESTION - How and what do you practice to be able to play consistently in the upper register?