Category Archives: Reviews

A Product I Love!

In November, I was lucky enough to have a busy couple months in front of me. I had been perusing Facebook when Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Kenny Rampton popped up. His post was praising a product I’d never seen before. 

Robinson’s Lip Renew



Let me begin by saying that I am not being paid to endorse this. These opinions are my own. 

Robinson’s Remedies was founded by Ken Robinson, a trumpet player that had a cold sore problem. He set about to create a product that would help folks with cold sores but ended up with a product that all wind instrumentalists can use. It decreases swelling and absorbs quickly – so quickly that you can play immediately after applying it. No wax, no mess and it smells and tastes pretty good!

I used Robinson’s while playing  multiple Radio City Christmas shows a day on consecutive days a few times a week and my lips weren’t nearly as swollen as they should have been. Honestly, for as much as I was playing, I should have been in much worse shape. To give you a better idea…

My triathlon coach has a saying that describes this gig:

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

The holidays are usually very physically demanding for brass players. Many players have ways of dealing: good hydration (alcohol or water), aspirin, arnica, rest….the list goes on. 

I feel comfortable recommending Robinson’s Lip Remedy as the newest addition to your arsenal. Go forth and blow!


ITF recap! Trombones, trombones and more trombones.

Wow! What an exciting time to be a bone player! 
The 2017 International Trombone Festival was held at University of Redlands in Southern California. As part of the XO Professional Brass family, I joined John Fedchock, Paul McKee and Tim Coffman for the XO all-stars and performed on the first day of the festival. That left me free to enjoy a lot of the exhibits and performances while making new friends and reconnecting with old ones. 
One face I was stoked to see was Doug Yeo. I studied with him at New England Conservatory and hadn’t seen him in almost 10 years. He’s one of the teachers I have remained in touch with and is very generous with his time to people near and far. I knew we’d have a great time working together from the moment he crawled over the desk during my NEC audition. I still email him for advice from time to time and he is always kind and encouraging. Everyone should have a Doug Yeo in their corner. 

Continue reading ITF recap! Trombones, trombones and more trombones.