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
Over the past 25+ years, Bob Wagner has maintained a consistently active schedule as a freelance trumpet performer, recording artist, and bandleader based in the Philadelphia, PA area.
But with an Electrical Engineering degree from Lehigh University, Bob also spent a major portion of those years travelling the globe in sales and marketing roles for a fortune 500 technology company.
In 2011, feeling the pull of the trumpet, Bob set aside his corporate life and decided to concentrate full time on music and found his true calling.
As a touring artist, Bob has appeared as a trumpet soloist with various classical, jazz, R&B & theatrical organisation throughout the country. His talents have carried him to solo performances at some of the nation’s most prestigious concert halls including Strathmore (MD), Disney Hall (LA), & Carnegie Hall (NYC) where he received a standing ovation for his performance.
2018 marks Bob’s debut as a solo recording artist. Together up with pianist Peter Hillard, bassist Rannan Meyer, and drummer Sean J. Kennedy Bob has released Toot Suite, a collection of six elegant and jazzy pieces written for solo trumpet and jazz trio written by renowned french composer Claude Bolling.
In the Philadelphia area, Bob is the director and trumpet soloist for the 18 piece Jump City Jazz Orchestra and the Hickory Brass chamber ensemble. Additionally, Bob performs with various local bands, orchestras, and pit orchestras of several professional theatre companies.
With his unique professional background, Bob also serves as an inspirational speaker and clinician in secondary, collegiate and professional settings covering a broad range topics including business (music and other industries), social media, career guidance, trumpet performance, and ensemble coaching.
Further serving his commitment to educate and inspire, Bob is as a Chief Judge for Cavalcade of Bands Jazz Division; An organization whose mission is to provide non-competitive jazz performance opportunities and musical growth for student musicians from the association’s 100+ member high schools throughout the USA Mid-Atlantic region.
Bob maintains a strong commitment to service by volunteering with Bugles Across America an organization dedicated to providing live performances of Taps for the families of deceased veterans.
As a proud and long-time user of Wedge mouthpieces, Bob uses both a legacy 1.5c and Engstrom tops for all playing and recording situations.
Learn more about Bob Wagner
Buy Toot Suite: http://bwtrumpet.com
Video: Theme from the Green Hornet: link
Video: Penny Lane – Carnegie Hall: link
Video: Roy Eldrige’s Rockin’ Chair: link
Writing: I Mastered Self-Doubt in 18 short years – you can too: link
Writing: Bring the Funk to Break Your Funk: link