Purtle Brass Conference - 2012

Purtle Brass Conference
at Anderson University
Inspiring Instruction In Practice, Playing and Business

August 2 - 4, 2012



Jeff Purtle - Host
Bob O'Donnell - Los Angeles Studio Trumpet Player
Harry Kim - Founder of the Vine Street Horns
Philippe Schartz - Principal Trumpet of BBC National Orchestra of Wales


  • How To Use Method Books To Improve Technique
  • Professionals Share Life Lessons Learned From The Professional World For Anyone
  • Recording Session with Harry Kim
  • Ensembles directed by Peter Voisin (Roger Voisin's son) and Gary Malvern
  • Interview with Brad Kintscher, studio horn player
  • Jam Session(s) and Excellent Food
  • University Credit Available (Under Online MM Ed. Degree at Anderson University)
  • A never before seen presentation from Philippe Schartz
  • Brass Pedagogy Forum with Experts on Jimmy Stamp, Donald Reinhardt, Bill Adam, Claude Gordon and others
  • More exciting details are soon to be announced.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

10:00 - 11:30am Check-in, Exhibits Open, Chick-Fil-A and Coffee provided
12:00 noon Opening
Brad Kintscher Interview and Demo
Gil Estes Presentation on Practical Technology
Philippe Schartz HD Video of The Diaphragm During Trumpet Playing
Improv Workshop with Doug Norwine, Bob O'Donnell and a live rhythm section
Ensemble Rehearsals
Jam Session with Catered BBQ  (An encouraging environment for anyone to participate.)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Jeff Purtle on Claude Gordon's Teachings
Harry Kim about overcoming teeth and chop problems while on the road
Bob O'Donnell Lecture
Recording Session
Ensemble Rehearsals
Philippe Schartz Recital
Jam Session and Get Together after Recital

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Philippe Schartz Lecture
Harry Kim on Life Lessons from The Music Business
Brass Pedagogy Forum (Bob O'Donnell, Roy Poper, Rich Willey, James Stokes, and TBA)
Ensemble Rehearsals
Participant Ensemble Opens The Evening Concert
Concert with Bob O'Donnell and Harry Kim with Big Band
Jam Session and Get Together after Concert


Jeff Purtle - Host



Bob O'Donnell - Los Angeles Studio Trumpet Player



Born and raised in Los Angeles, attended Pasadena City College and then transferred to Cal State University Los Angeles where he received a Bachelors Of Arts Degress in Music. Right out of High School, at age 18, Bob traveled with the Si Zentner Orchestra for the summer then returning to school, he worked at Disneyland throughout his college years. During this time, he played Lead Trumpet in the Stan Kenton Jr. Neophonic Orchestra.

After college, he traveled with different acts, such as Johnny Mathis, Helen Reddy, and Tony Orlando. He was hired to play Lead Trumpet for Shipstad's and Johnson's Ice Follies which took him to 28 cities a year. After five years with that company, he was hired by Paul Anka as Lead Trumpet where he spent two years traveling around the world with him.

After leaving he road, he settled back in Los Angeles and began working in the studios for Motion Picture, Television, and Records. Some of the TV shows he was involved in were Star Trek, The Next Generation, Voyager, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Private Benjamin, Knight Rider, Hulk, B.J. and The Bear, and Chicago Story.

Other Television shows were two seasons of Barbara Mandrell, nine TV Specials with Lynda Carter, a Diana Ross Special, many Midnight Special shows and Don Kirchner Rock Concerts, and 14 years of the American Music Awards shows.

A few of the Motion Pictures are the X-Files, Star Trek 2, Gremlins 2, Betsy's Wedding, and The Day After Tomorrow and others.

Bob has been involved with Broadway shows since 1979 and done over 50 different shows from Chicago to Phantom of The Opera.

Harry Kim - Founder of the Vine Street Horns


Visit Harry's new website, with this impressive list of credits.

Harry Kim was born in raised in New York City where he attended High School For The Performing Arts and prepared for a career as a classical trumpeter. After high school however, he relocated to Los Angeles and soon discovered the world of funk and jazz. After several years touring throughout the U.S. with various show groups, R&B revues and big hands, including the Harry James Big Band, he returned to Los Angeles to further his career.

Latin music took a front seat during the disco era, a time when live music was rarely featured in discotheques but was in strong demand by salsa audiences. It was at this time that he began working with artists such as Tito Puente and Celia Cruz, and also began honing his arranging skills by writing and performing on many disco productions.

Soon he joined Stevie Wonders Wonder Love which opened the doors of opportunity to perform and record with such artists as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and Smokey Robinson. He was on stage for the Emmy Award winning 25th Anniversary of Motown performing with many of Motowns greatest stars. It was an evening highlighted by Michael Jackson's introduction of his now legendary moonwalk.

In 1985 he joined the Phenix Horns, the celebrated horn section of Earth Wind and Fire. Together they performed with various artists throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Included were two tours in 1987 and 1988 with French icon Michel Berger and vocalist France Gall.

In 1989 he participated in the making of Phil Collins's multi award winning CD ...But Seriously. A world tour followed in 1990 marking the beginning of a long association with Collins. The multi platinum live concert CD Serious Hits Live  was released soon after.

Realizing the many advantages of being part of a high performance horn section, Kim founded The Vine Street Horns. He called together musicians with whom he had worked for many years. Numerous productions with various artists were to follow.

In 1994 Phil Collins called on The Vine Street Horns to join him on his Both Sides Tour, an extensive 18 month world tour.

In 1996 he was asked by Collins to organize a big band featuring adaptations of his music and the music of Genesis in a jazz setting. The Phil Collins Big Band was born. As musical director and arranger, Kim and The Vine Street Horns took center stage performing at all the major European jazz festivals, with Tony Bennett as vocalist and Quincy Jones as guest conductor.

This was also the year they recorded Phil Collins Into The Light CD which toured the world in 1997.

The year 1998 saw another Phil Collins Big Band tour resulting in a live CD entitled A Hot Night In Paris.

Later that year an introduction to France's legendary singer Johnny Hallyday led to 3 sold out performances at the Stade de France, five successful tours from 1998 to 2009 and numerous top selling concert CDs and DVDs.

Although he continues to tour throughout the world with various artists he also manages to add to his long list of credits while at home in Los Angeles. As an example in one week he played Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for the tribute concert for the victims of the 2011 Japan earthquake, then flew to the Toronto Jazz Festival to play with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, then returned to Los Angeles to play on the Tonight Show Band with Rickey Minor. In 2011 he was on several awards shows such as the TV Land Awards, the American Film Institute Awards, and opened the 2011 Grammy's with the ten minute tribute to Aretha Franklin.

From 2005-2011 he has acted as horn section leader and arranger for the 2005-2011 seasons of American Idol. In the USA Harry was even televised twice in one day as he played the final week of the Oprah Show, airing in the afternoon, and the final week of American Idol, airing in the evening.

Philippe Schartz - Principal Trumpet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales


Philippe Schartz is one of the most exciting trumpeters of  today. He has developed a highly successful career as an orchestral and chamber musician as well as a soloist. As Principal Trumpet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, until summer 2002, and in his student days with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra he has performed, to much critical acclaim, with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez and Bernard Haitink. His solo career includes many recitals and concertos all over Europe as well as four solo CD recordings. In addition Philippe has been broadcasted on numerous radio and TV stations including the BBC and diverse European networks. Philippe also enjoys teaching as part of the staff at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and has travelled around the world giving many masterclasses and educational workshops including at the Royal College of Music, Northwestern University of Chicago and Queens University Belfast Music School.

"Philippe Schartz is an outstanding musician and person. We are pleased to have been able to provide instruction for him, and have high expectations for his professional success. "(Jon E Engberg, Associate Director, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY)

Born in Luxembourg, Philippe's enjoyment for the trumpet began when he listened to his father play in the village wind band. This passion grew through the careful handful hands of his teachers including the great player Dino Tomba who became a great friend and mentor. His studies were continued first at the Royal College of Music in London with David Mason, and afterwards was invited to join the "Special Student" programme at the Eastman School in Rochester, New York. During his student years he won many prizes and awards which were a testament to the player that he would become.

Philippe Schartz is an official Yamaha artist and plays exclusively on Yamaha trumpets.

Recent Albums:  NEW  Apres La Nuit...,     and Trumpet Renaissance,    

Brad Kintscher - Los Angeles Studio French Horn Player


Brad Kintscher is a free-lance hornist who played in the Los Angeles area for the past 20 years and recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest. He is an active recording musician, and has played for motion pictures, television, jingles, and records as well as other live events in the Los Angeles Area, as seen by his long list of credits.


In addition to being Principal Horn in the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and Third horn in the Santa Barbara Symphony, he plays extra regularly with the Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Los Angeles Opera. Brad also plays principal horn for Broadway musical productions at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Ahmanson, and Shubert theatres.


Mr. Kintscher received a Bachelor of Music Degree from California State University Northridge where he studied with Ralph Pyle. During this time Brad also studied for many years with Brass Pedagogue Claude Gordon.


Peter Voisin

Peter Voisin is the leader and founder of Premier Brass and he is the son of the legendary Roger Voisin, who was principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony for 38 years. Peter attended the Aspen Music School,  Oberlin Conservatory and New England Conservatory of Music; was a member of the Syracuse Symphony and the SSO Brass Quintet for ten years.  He also played third trumpet and forth trumpet with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra from 1983 to 2005. While in Jacksonville, he attended Southside United Methodist Church and performed on keyboard, Flugelhorn, Trumpet, and Piccolo Trumpet with “FAITH” praise band as well as performed at weddings with the well-known organists in Northeast Florida. He composes and arranges for brass and chamber groups.


Since moving to Hendersonville, NC in August of 2005, Peter has performed with the Asheville’s First Baptist Church Orchestra, The Spartanburg Philharmonic, (1st trumpet on Carmina Burana), the Brevard Community Orchestra and Brevard Chamber Orchestra, as well as Premier Brass Seasonal Christmas and Easter Services at St. James Episcopal Church in downtown Hendersonville, NC. He has now started playing with the Smoky Mountain Brass Band out of Asheville, NC. He is also a designated CRPC (Chartered Retirement Planning Councelor) and CLTC  (Certified in Long Term Care) Financial Advisor since 1984.


Gary Malvern

Gary Malvern has traveled throughout the world as a soloist and section member, performing with such ensembles as the National Repertory Orchestra (principal trumpet) and the American Wind Symphony. Whether traveling to Australia for an artist-in-residence program or performing for the Spoleto Festival or the International Trumpet Guild Conference, Dr. Malvern performs with a high level of skill and musicality. These experiences have enabled him to offer his students a larger musical perspective, and to empower them to do their best work. Students in his trumpet studio focus on a wide range of fundamental exercises as well as sight reading, etudes, solo literature and orchestral excepts.


In addition to his responsibilities with private instruction and brass ensembles, Dr. Malvern has an active interest in classroom teaching, and enjoys working with students in a variety of history and theory classes. He believes strongly in the Liberal Arts approach to music education: that every class a student takes--be it in the music curriculum or not--nourishes and enhances one's own musical specialty. 

Alongside of academic life at Furman, Dr. Malvern leads a rich and varied professional life, which includes performing as principal trumpet of the Greenville Symphony, playing with the Aurora Brass Quintet, and appearing as a regional clinician and soloist.  Dr. Malvern is trumpet instructor for the South Carolina Governor's School of the Arts.


Brass Pedagogy Forum


Roy Poper - Long Time Student of Jimmy Stamp

Roy Poper has for more than 30 years maintained an active performing career of a breadth rare among musicians. His engagements span every facet of trumpet performance including symphonic principal player (Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and L.A. Opera), film studio work (over 500 major motion pictures), chamber music (founding member, The Modern Brass Quintet), and "popular" genres including jazz ensembles, Broadway shows, and even recordings with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.


Equally respected as a teacher, he was for more than 20 years a member of the faculty of the University of Southern California School of Music prior to moving to Oberlin, OH in 2002 to assume the duties of Associate Professor of Trumpet at the Oberlin Conservatory. His book, Roy Poper's Guide to the Brasswind Methods of James Stamp (Balquhidder Music), which serves as a companion to James Stamp Warm-ups and Studies (Editions BIM) has become an acclaimed addition to the trumpet method-book literature, thoroughly explaining how to execute and effeciently utilize James Stamps' teaching methods.


He continues to be in demand as a performer, performing frequently in the greater Cleveland Area and Los Angeles. He has commissioned numerous works, some of which appear on his forthcoming CD, L.A. Trumpet Works. Roy has been recorded on the Crystal, Orion, Nonesuch, and Dorian labels.


Bob O'Donnell - Long Time Student of Claude Gordon


James Stokes - Long Time Student of Bill Adam

Rich Willey - Long Time Student of Donald Reinhardt and The Pivot System

As a bandleader, Rich Willey has presented music at functions and events with a quartet, quintet, sextet, septet, octet, nonet, dectet and even a sixteen-piece big band. Rich’s jazz bands are versatile, playing latin, swing, dixieland, or bebop styles and employ some of the best players in the Asheville and Western North Carolina region.


As both a player and composer, Rich Willey is firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. His trumpet and bass trumpet playing draw upon the wellspring of bebop with a contemporary freshness; brash and forceful, but also lyrical and warm. His compositions and arrangements are thoughtful and substantial, yet always accessible and listenable, combining a solid sense of swing with an overriding concern for melody.


Rich was active on the New York scene in the 1980s to the mid 1990s, handling a wide range of Latin and jazz gigs, most notably backing up legendary vocalist Mel Tormé. He is the author of The Ultimate Collection of Jazz Duets,Jazz Improv Materials Handbook Complete — a melodic approach to jazz improvisationThe Melody Lingers On — 24 Melodic Jazz SolosThe Ultimate Blues WorkoutWe’re Talkin’ Bebop — a melodic approach for developing a bebop-style jazz vocabularyTrumpeter’s Guides to Major and Minor II-V-IsRhythm MadnessScale ForceVariations on Clarke’s Second Study Vols. 1 and 2Upside-Down Scales for Improvisation, and a trumpet method book FocalPoint — a centered approach to embouchure development (Boptism Music Publishing).


Rich has a B.A. in music education from the University of South Florida. He finished his M.M. in jazz performance in 2001 at the renowned Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Byron Stripling and Mike Abene. Rich spent the fall of 2001 on tour playing second trumpet — the challenging “jazz chair” — with trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau.


Rich and his quintet recorded Gone With the Piggies (Consolidated Artists Productions CAP962) in 2001, a striking collection of brilliantly conceived and impeccably performed tracks, including four of his own distinctive compositions. 2001 also saw the formation of the partnership between Rich Willey and Bob Bernotas and their new company, Boptism Music Publishing.


Since 2002 Rich has toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow. A resident of Candler, NC, he teaches at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, taught at Limestone College (Gaffney, SC) for two years, and also directed the Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble for two years. In addition to being on the music faculty at UNC-Asheville, Rich is also on the music faculty at Clemson University in Clemson, SC, was the director of the historic first jazz bands at Brevard Music Center, Brevard, NC, and is also the conductor of the Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble.


Rich has performed with many great musicians (in no particular order): Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau, Hank Mobley, Johnny Coles, Bob Haggart, John Hart, Tim Hagans, Lionel Hampton, Bootsie Barnes, Larry McKenna, John Swana, Mike Natale, Jack Petersen, Don Paterson, Bob Belden, Bob Mintzer, Ernie Watts, Paquito D’Rivera, Kenny Soderblom, John LaPorta, Ted Rosenthal, Larry Camp, Jeff Rupert, The Clayton Brothers, Andy Fusco, Ray Vega, John Lamb, Johnny Varro, Bill Conti, Kenny Drew Jr., Bobby Rosengarden, Jon Gordon, Conrad Herwig, Jerry Jerome, Lou Stellute, John Colianni, Joel Frahm, William Evans, Chris Potter, Greg Gisbert, Scott Wendholt, Brad Mehldau, Joe Farnsworth, John Webber, John Samorian, Danny Gatton, Cecil Bridgewater, Claudio Roditi, Dave Trigg, Dave Stahl, Frank Greene, Tony Berrerro, John DiMartino, Bobby Sanabria, Gary Morgan (PanAmericana Big Band), Jack Wilkins, Dave Riekenberg, Carlos Santos, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Bogus Pomp (Zappa tribute band), Dick Hafer, Chip McNeill, Harry Allen, Ron McClure, Mel Tormé, Jerry Weldon, Adam Brenner, Dave Schumacher, Scott Robinson, Bob Milliken, Don Lamond, Jim Snidero, Jon Owens, Danny Stiles, Bill Mobley, Pete Malinverni, Ed Palermo Big Band, John Walsh, Steve Kirby, John Benitez, Rick Simerly, John Eckert, Chuck Owen, John Simon, Andy Gravish, Bill Moring, Doug Weiss, Randy Eckert, Lynne Arielle, Tim Newman, Debby Boone, Cab Calloway Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Kevin Mahogany, Clay Aiken, The Temptations, Martin Short, Terry Vosbein, Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, Arturo O’Farrill, John Bunch, Derek Smith, Bobby Shew, Rufus Reid, James Moody, Jon Hendrix, Junior Mance, Eddie McFadden, Ira Sullivan, Duffy Jackson, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra directed by Bill Tole, etc. Tours (in 2002 and 2004-present) with Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under direction of Buddy Morrow, playing 2nd (jazz) trumpet. Played with Tommy Dorsey Orchestra at 2005 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. Played trumpet on the Delta Queen Riverboat in 2003.


Others Soon Announced


PbC Big Band


Shannon Hoover - Bass and Leader

Shannon Hoover is an upright/electric bassist/composer from Greenville SC. He actively freelances in diverse styles such as jazz, latin, and classical, and also leads his own band featuring original compositions. He is a first-call session and touring bassist, recently performing at the Blue Room in Kansas City, MO with Kobie Watkins and Yoshi’s in San Francisco CA with the Hipbones. Shannon has played with greats like Branford Marsalis, Joe Craven, Derek Trucks, Rick Simerly, Pete McCann, Kofi Burbridge, and Jeff Sipe. He currently teaches private lessons at Watson/Wood Music Greenville SC and is adjunct bass instructor at USC Upstate University in Spartanburg SC.


Howard Kim - Piano Accompanist for Philippe Schartz Recital

Jam Session Musicians


Keith Davis - Piano


Keith Davis is a jazz pianist, composer, and educator with 30 years of professional experience. He currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina. Keith performs regularly at jazz festivals, clubs and events throughout the Southeast, both as a solo pianist and with many of the finest musicians in the area. He also teaches piano lessons, with a focus on improvisation, and also serves as Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Piano at Furman University. Keith also teaches Chen Style Tai Chi and Qigong.


Shannon Hoover - Bass


Shannon Hoover is an upright/electric bassist/composer from Greenville SC. He actively freelances in diverse styles such as jazz, latin, and classical, and also leads his own band featuring original compositions. He is a first-call session and touring bassist, recently performing at the Blue Room in Kansas City, MO with Kobie Watkins and Yoshi’s in San Francisco CA with the Hipbones. Shannon has played with greats like Branford Marsalis, Joe Craven, Derek Trucks, Rick Simerly, Pete McCann, Kofi Burbridge, and Jeff Sipe. He currently teaches private lessons at Watson/Wood Music Greenville SC and is adjunct bass instructor at USC Upstate University in Spartanburg SC.


Tim Blackwell - Drums


A Spartanburg, South Carolina native and an honor graduate of the Percussion Institute of Technology at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California as well as the University of South Carolina Upstate.  Tim is a devoted student of drums with more than 25 years playing and recording experience.  He has had the opportunity to study with some of today's top studio players and educators including: Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphry, Steve Houghton, Casey Scheurell, Chuck Silverman, Efrain Toro, and Chuck Flores to name a few.


After earning his bachelors, Tim taught at USC Upstate for three and a half years as Adjunct Music Instructor.  He taught Applied Drum Lessons and was the Assistant Director of the Jazz Ensemble.  He currently teaches at Hames Music in Gaffney, SC and conducts private lessons in his Spartanburg, SC, studio.


Over the years of studying and teaching privately, Tim has performed with jazz artists such as saxophonist Walter Blanding Jr., saxophonist Don Braden, trumpeter Mark Rapp, pianist Ellis Marsalis, trombonist Steve Turre, guitarist Scott Henderson, and bassist Jeff Berlin among others.


Locally, Tim is the leader of a straight-ahead jazz quartet always featuring the finest players in the region, has played with the Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble Big Band and works as a freelance drummer playing and recording in many popular styles of music.


While Tim’s drumming is centered in jazz, his passion for all genres and styles of music gives him an edge.  He is best known for his versatility in a wide variety of musical settings.  Whether he is playing jazz standards, kicking a big band, or laying down a tight funky groove for a pop or rock tune, his greatest satisfaction comes from creating a vibe in the music and helping to make tunes groove.


Technical Staff


Randy Rouse - Video Production


Randy Rouse has been involved with media productions of all types ranging from broadcast television and live internet streaming to live arena productions and studio recording projects. In recent years he has developed a local cable channel; Home Town TV, serving the eastern Pee Dee region of South Carolina.


Randy, an ordained bishop in the Church of God, is also heavily involved in ministry, serving as Worship and Fine Arts Pastor for the Dillon Church of God in Dillon, South Carolina.


Tim Godby - Audio and Mac Multimedia


Tim is a classically trained musician who studied at Olivet Nazarene University (a small liberal arts school south of Chicago) and Indiana University. He has been a Director of Worship and Arts for the past thirty-one years, serving churches in Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina. The natural outcome of that occupation has been an immersion in vocal and instrumental production, lighting design, audio installation and production, and video editing and production. "Technology has been a life-long passion as well as a necessary part of what I do," he says. Music has also been a vocation, avocation and passion (he admits to having spent more on his first audio system than on his first car).


"The Purtle Brass Conference has had a rather profound impact on my life," he says. "After forty years as a woodwind player, I am learning to play the trumpet!"


Tim is husband to Jane and father to William, Joseph and Ashleigh.


Kyle Hamilton - Recording Studio Engineer and Live Audio


Kyle T. Hamilton, a native of Anderson, South Carolina, is currently a music major at Anderson University and is a studio engineer and runs live sound.  Coming from a classical background doesn’t dissuade him from an appreciation of contemporary forms which he also enjoys. In addition to his expertise as a recording engineer, he holds positions as a violist with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Anderson University String Ensemble and the Anderson University String Quartet. He has a deep interest and understanding of audio recording electronics and techniques and has a focused passion toward making excellent recordings.




Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina


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