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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 Ridenour Pic 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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"This new Wedge Mouthpiece came to me just at the right time. I'm the Second Horn player in the Calgary Philharmonic, and we had a Beethoven Festival coming up. You all know how the Second Horn plays everything, and Beethoven can be brutal on the lip. Well, our orchestra had this idea to do the symphonies consecutively, and the last three concerts were the Fourth through Ninth Symphonies on consecutive nights, with dress rehearsals every morning. On top of it all, we were recording the Fifth and the Eighth, with recording sessions after the concerts. Crazy, right? I knew how this was going to cut up my lip, and I wasn't looking forward to it.

I'm not an equipment changer. Before this I had been playing a Holton MC for about thirty years. Then two weeks before the festival Dr. Dave provided me with one of his Wedge Mouthpieces. The bottom of the rim looked so fat and round I immediately thought, "Hey this won't cut me up as bad as what I'm playing", but of course I had to check out how it played first. It took a couple of days to get used to it, but it felt good. I played the Wedge for the festival, and I played fine. I still got cut up, but not as much as I expected. Those big skips that Beethoven liked to write were not a problem. I'm happy. The Horn section is happy. My Music Director is happy. I'm not going back to my Holton MC. I play the Wedge from here out.

Now, can Dr. Dave make a wooden Wedge Mouthpiece for my Alphorn?"

William (Bill) Hopson