I've been playing exclusively on Wedge mouthpieces since 2010.
Wedge mouthpieces are the most comfortable mouthpieces I've ever played. Further, both of my Wedge mouthpieces enable me to produce, with no extra effort or energy, a brilliant, focused sound with a precision in all registers that is unlike any other mouthpiece design I've tried.
To my further surprise and delight, I also found that my long-term endurance during periods of heavy playing has improved dramatically since switching to the Wedge. Previously, while performing 8 shows per week of heavy lead playing for 6-8 week show runs, I'd start to experience some residual fatigue starting about week 5 or 6 of the run. Nothing to diminish the performance, but definitely enough to feel a difference on my chops as I was playing. I made the switch to the Wedge right before a 7 week run of Gypsy (a very demanding lead book) and, after wrapping up the run with no lingering soreness or fatigue, I was hooked!
Additionally, I really appreciate the flexibility of the design, especially the threaded tops, which have allowed me to select just the right top/backbore combinations for all of my horns.
Finally, the service is terrific. Anytime I've had questions, Dr Dave has been extremely helpful in providing guidance and insight into how the various rim and cup configurations can impact my overall feel and sound.
I use a early version of the Wedge 1.5C for commercial lead and piccolo playing.
I switch to the Engstrom 1.5C in classical and chamber brass settings as well as small group jazz work when I want a little darker sound and tighter slots.
Bob Wagner's Biography
With a degree from Lehigh University and training as both an Electrical Engineer and Musician, Bob Wagner spent the first 20 years of his career pursuing both technological and musical interests professionally until 2011 when he chose to focus on music full time.
As a full time musician, Bob maintains an active schedule as a freelance trumpet performer, arranger, bandleader, and musical contractor based in the Philadelphia, PA area. He serves as leader and musical director of the Jump City Jazz Orchestra (jumpcitymusic.com) and the Hickory Brass (hickorybrass.com).
As a touring artist, Bob has appeared as a trumpet soloist with various classical, jazz, R&B & theatrical organizations throughout the country; His talents have carried him to solo performances at some of the nation’s most prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall (NYC), Verizon Hall (Phila), Strathmore (MD), & Disney Hall (LA)
Most recently, Bob has performed as trumpet soloist, arranger, musical director, and contractor with touring productions of “The Gene Krupa Story” and “Beatlemania Now” where he has faithfully recreated iconic solos by legendary trumpeters Roy Eldridge (Krupa’s long-time trumpet soloist) and David Mason (original performer of the iconic piccolo trumpet solo in Penny Lane)
With his unique professional background, Bob has also served as a clinician and guest speaker in secondary, collegiate and professional settings covering a broad range topics including business (music and other industries), social media, motivational and career guidance, and of course trumpet performance and ensemble coaching.
Further serving his commitment to educational outreach, Bob is an adjudicator for Cavalcade of Bands Jazz division; An organization who’s mission is to provide non-competitive jazz performance opportunities and musical growth for student musicians from the association’s 100+ member high schools located throughout the USA Mid-Atlantic region.
Bob maintains a strong commitment to service by volunteering with Bugles Across America an organization dedicated providing live performances of Taps for the families of deceased veterans.
Bob is available for performance, speaking/clinician, and consulting opportunities.
Learn more about Bob Wagner
Performance Video (youtube):
Penny Lane at Disney Hall
Schilke P5-4 piccolo trumpet with Wedge 1.5c
Performance Video (youtube):
Roy Eldridge Transcription
Performed live with the Jump City Jazz Orchestra
Bach 25 L bore Bb trumpet with Wedge 1.5c
Writing Sample/Speaking Topic:
Bring the Funk to Break Your Funk – How I handled Adversity During a Long Job Search