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Brandon Ridenour

Endorsing Artist

"Endurance has been the biggest advantage in switching to the Wedge. Now, when I get to the end of a solo or quintet concert, I feel like I could play another one! The shape of the rim distributes the pressure in a way that allows any efficient player to play for hours on end. Wedge mouthpieces provide excellent focus for both sound and pitch. This tonal focus makes finding those note "slots" much easier and aiming for those slots becomes much more reliable. In addition to these characteristics, the Wedge is the most comfortable feeling mouthpiece I have ever played. If all of these assets are something you're searching for, then try out a Wedge!"

Brandon Ridenour

Ridenour Signature Mouthpiece

Brandon has his own line of signature Ridenour mouthpieces.

The Ridenour is a Wedge version of a Bach 1-1/2C with our new DOC (double oval cup) design. Brandon uses this with a 27 throat and regular weigh ML backbore.

For piccolo trumpet Brandon uses a 5CC with a 27 throat and a M backbore.

For cornet he has a Ridenour Cornet, which has the same rim as the B1.5C trumpet mouthpiece and a DOC cup similar in depth to a Wick B cup.

The Ridenour Flugel has the B1.5 rim and a medium deep DOC flugel cup.

Brandon also uses a "secret weapon" gold plated stainless steel S14A4A when he needs a "lead" mouthpiece.





In 2006, at the age of 20, trumpeter Brandon Ridenour became the youngest member to ever join the prestigious Canadian Brass.  The same year, he won the International Trumpet Guild solo competition playing his own composition, Sonata for Trumpet and Piano.  Brandon is an extremely prolific composer/arranger with numerous arrangements and compositions featured by Canadian Brass on recordings and in concert.  As a soloist, Brandon has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Brass Band of Battle Creek, Ensemble ACJW, and the New Juilliard Ensemble, amongst others. 

Brandon’s trumpet playing has lead him to perform with legendary artists such as Sting, James Taylor, Marvin Hamlisch, and an opportunity to meet former President, Bill Clinton.  Brandon has appeared frequently at Carnegie Hall and has been invited to perform with some of the world’s leading ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Europe.  Brandon is a graduate of the Juilliard School and an alumnus The Academy, a two year fellowship program with Carnegie Hall, Juilliard and the Weill Music Institute.   Brandon currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.


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"I first bought a used 3CC top and beat up Warburton 8* backbore from the internet to give the Wedge a try. Prior to this I was switching back and forth between a GR 65MX and Yamaha Bobby Shew Jazz for jazz and legit, a Reeves 41SV for shows and Latin work, and a Monette BL2 for lead.

When I got the mouthpiece in the mail I immediately brought it to my monthly small group Latin gig. I played two sets on it and was totally impressed with my ability to play to the top of my range, all night, with a completely even, open sound. More than impressed. I woke up the next day to absolutely no pain, swelling, or bruising, a feeling that was totally new to me. I knew that there was something to this rim shape and I had to find out more.

I called Dr. Dave and we talked for a long time. Prior mouthpieces, musical styles, how he discovered and developed his rim concept, etc. We got on great immediately. I wanted to order a couple pieces, and it turned out he was coming to New York the following week. He came to my gig at Birdland and gave me about 4 mouthpieces, including a 5DC top with a heavy medium backbore to try. I played it the whole gig and loved it! I have never instantly bonded with a line of mouthpieces like this before. Smooth from the bottom to the top of my range and I didn't have to change anything about my playing. Endurance, power, evenness, and intonation have all improved considerably. Two days later we were hanging out in a bar comparing mouthpiece scans in his computer over several beers.

After trying several lead tops and backbores, we're still tweaking the perfect one for me. I am totally happy with a 3CC/8* for jazz combo and classical, the 5DC/heavy medium for shows and big band, a 3FLX for flugel, and we're making a top for lead. All through this, Dave has been nothing but attentive and responsive to my needs. He has a great way of customizing pieces for people that don't come in his line, and his new standard line of pieces are great, too. Every time I practice on the Wedge, I feel my chops getting stronger, and I'm working muscles all the way back to my jaw. I want everyone to know about the Wedge, and I recommend them wholeheartedly. Dave's service can't be beat!"

Matt Hilgenberg