Projects

Poper's Game

New, updated, iOS 11-12 version coming soon!

A unique practice tool for trumpet players that helps build confidence, efficiency, and consistency. Stop fussing with your embouchure so you can focus on whats important - the music.

Every musician needs to play with ease and accuracy, yet oftentimes misses entrances or plays with a strained tone quality. For trumpet players, these errors are commonly a result of unnecessary embouchure adjustments, whether made knowingly or impulsively.

Methods of addressing the psychological and physical implications of seeing and anticipating a particular pitch are elusive. This app encourages consistency, both in embouchure and breath, so as to minimize mistakes and increase efficiency and control. The app displays a randomly-generated pitch only after the player has set his/her embouchure and begun to breathe. An accuracy score is logged to track progress in the player's efforts to make reliable entries in any register.

"Poper's game" was created by Joel Brennan (University of Melbourne) based on the pedagogy of Roy Poper (Oberlin College Conservatory). For best results, the app should be used in daily practice sessions with strict attention to detail.

Available on the App Store


Ensemble Three

Ensemble Three was founded by Melbourne-based musicians unified in their goal to diversify and expand the chamber music repertoire for trumpet, trombone, and guitar. Over the past five years the group has curated a unique collection of cutting-edge new works and presented performances that resonate with current-day audiences. Each member brings a distinctive musical background to the ensemble, with influences ranging from jazz and popular music to traditional “classical” and avant-garde contemporary music. Many of the pieces they have commissioned enhance the sonic possibilities of their unique instrumental combination through the addition of pre-recorded electronic soundscapes and live electronic sound manipulation.

The group’s debut album, Midnight Songs, received numerous favourable reviews and has been described as an “intriguingly beautiful record” (CutCommon) that “hold[s] the listener enthralled” (Soundboard). They won the 2017 Melbourne Recital Centre Contemporary Masters Award, and ABC Classic FM showcased their world-premiere performance of Wally Gunn’s Pinwheel at the 2017 International Rostrum of Composers in Sicily.

Through their performances in Australia and overseas, a dedication to commissioning new works, and an ever-expanding catalogue of recordings, Ensemble Three has established itself as “an inspiring example of forward-thinking classical music culture in Australia” (CutCommon).

More info can be found at ensemblethree.com.


Reveille Trumpet Collective

Reveille is a collective dedicated to exploring new paths for trumpet while connecting performers, composers and audiences in innovative ways. We use commissions and premieres as starting points: opportunities for composers to communicate directly with audiences worldwide, for audiences to interact with artists, and for performers to gain intriguing glimpses into new repertoire.

The collective sponsors an annual Composition Prize that receives submissions from all over the world.

For more information, please visit the reveilletrumpet.org.