Special Studies for Trumpet (Daniel)


Special Studies for Trumpet (Daniel)


Special Studies for Trumpet by John Daniel was written over a
15 year period. Each school year, these exercises were taught to trumpet students at Penn State University and Lawrence University. Each summer, the book was rewritten. After 14 years of rewriting, it was time to put together a complete product and publish it. “Special Studies for Trumpet” clearly explains an efficient approach to playing and teaching the trumpet. It is dedicated to anyone who truly wants to figure out how to play the trumpet.


“Hi John, I've been reading and playing from your book daily. Really fantastic. Thank you for your inspiration. ”
Tage Larsen

“John-Thanks for The Special Techniques trumpet book! I have gone through it and think it should be really helpful to all-including me!
I do many of these types of exercises every day. Hope you are successful getting many to use it. They should!!!”

Vincent D’Martino

“Hey John....I love your book!!!!! I hope it becomes widely used.... The info and exercises will make anyone at any level a better player. Congratulations!!!!”
Chris Jaudes

“I've been using the prototype for 2-3 years. Its the real deal folks. Results. Period.”

Michael Anderson 


John Daniel is an Associate Professor of Trumpet at Lawrence University. He received the Specialist in Music degree from the University of Michigan, Master of Arts in Music from the University of Iowa, and Bachelor of Music from Ball State University. His primary teachers were David Greenhoe, Richard Giangiulio, and Armando Ghitalla. Mr. Daniel previously held tenured positions at Penn State University and Abilene Christian University. While attending the University of Michigan on full scholarship he won the graduate concerto award and was principal trumpet of orchestras in Ann Arbor and Saginaw, Michigan. Mr. Daniel served as principal trumpet with the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra and Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra for nine years and has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Palm Beach Opera, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and Music at Penn's Woods Orchestra, as well as “subbing” for the Broadway revivals of "Annie Get Your Gun" and "Gypsy." He performs as principal trumpet in the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra, co-principal trumpet in the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and first trumpet in Lawrence Brass. He has played recitals in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, throughout South Korea, and throughout the United States. As a jazz musician he performs with the Lawrence University faculty jazz group and has appeared with Lionel Hampton, Bill Watrous, Wycliff Gordon, Marvin Stamm, Vinnie DiMartino, Phil Woods, Ernie Watts, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra and many others. He conducts and solos annually for the West Texas Rehabilitation Center Telethon Orchestra. Mr. Daniel released “A Calling” in 2004, a jazz CD featuring his own compositions and is featured on a 2006 Mark Masters release, “Karel Husa Trumpet Concertos.” The Husa CD was on the entry list to be nominated for a Grammy Award in the category “best solo with orchestra” and “best classical recording.” He has been a member of North America’s finest brass band, The Brass Band of Battle Creek, since 1993 and plays Schilke trumpets, flugelhorn and cornets exclusively. He plays soprano cornet for the Tallgrass Brass Band in Eastern Iowa. In April of 2011, Mr. Daniel self-published a trumpet method, “Special Studies for Trumpet.” The book represents a lifetime of practicing and teaching the trumpet. It is used by members of major symphony orchestras, leading freelancers in New York and Los Angeles, soloists and college trumpet teachers at major institutions including the Juilliard School. (JD-001)

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