Worlds Largest Trumpet

Worlds Largest Trumpet


now this is 8 feet of legitimate competence the only one of its kind we borrowed it from the Janssen collection of musical instruments at Claremont University College in California gentlemen we are grateful to you for that now although this instrument is a trumpet what is its official name Donald it would it should be called a contra bass trumpet Gary contrabass drop the bass trumpet well I think a little explanation is in order here you we say it’s a trumpet we say is a tuba player why did we not hire a trumpet player why do we need a tuba player instead how will you explain that well I have a regular-sized trumpet here and by making the size comparison the answer to that Gary would be in the size of the mouthpiece I’m a trumpet player playing this instrument regularly or as a as his profession profession would find it almost impossible to play a mouthpiece the size of this one in comparison I think he just could hardly do it all right general let’s get the trumpet into playing position and we’ll get done to demonstrate the range of this instrument which is I understand it is the same range as the trumpet except that’s two octaves lower than right would you give us a demonstration let down please all right Gary [Music] as we have sentences probably originally conceived as an adjunct to a symphony orchestra it just didn’t catch on but it also can be used for jazz as Don Butterfield will demonstrate now lullaby of Birdland and get norman paris to back him up so don go [Music] [Applause] now this is 8 feet of legitimate confidence the only one of its kind we borrowed it from the Janssen collection of musical instruments at Claremont University College in California gentlemen we are grateful to you for that now although this instrument is a trumpet what is its official name Donald it would it should be called a contra bass trumpet Gary Contra bass drum for bass trumpet well I think a little explanation is in order here you we say it’s a trumpet we say he’s a tuba player why did we not hire a trumpet player why do we need a tuba player instead how will you explain that well I have a regular-sized trumpet here and by making the size comparison the answer to that Gary would be in the size of the mouthpiece a trumpet player playing this instrument regularly or as as his profession profession would find it almost impossible to play a mouthpiece the size of this one in comparison I think you just could hardly do it all right John let’s get the trumpet into playing position and we’ll get done to demonstrate the range of this instrument which as I understand it is the same range as a trumpet except that’s two octaves lower that right would you give us a demonstration let down wave all right Gary [Music] as we hear sentences probably originally conceived as an adjunct to a symphony orchestra and just didn’t catch on but it also can be used for jazz as Don Butterfield will demonstrate now lullaby of Birdland and get norman paris to back him up so Don go [Music] I want to pay down a double compliment not only was his mastery of the instrument marvelous but I musicians might have noticed if the worst thing that can happen to a trumpet player a tuba player is that immediately the number one valve started to stick and I noticed how you changed your solo and played around that mindless piece of improvisation one of those things Barry is a captain [Applause] [Music] [Applause]

32 thoughts to “Worlds Largest Trumpet”

  1. As many people know, Don Butterfield, featured on this clip, was the original "Tubby The Tuba".
    He was featured on the original recording of that piece, and was also an in-demand sideman in New York at the time this broadcast took place.

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