I was introduced to Wedge mouthpieces this year when the Canadian Brass performed with us in the grand opening of our new performing arts center. Both trumpeters were using Wedge mouthpieces and I was intrigued. Being an equipment nerd, I had to try these out. It took a bit of an adjustment period for me, but now anything else feels and sounds inferior.
The three factors that sold me on these mouthpieces were the intonation, endurance, and sound. I have a plethora of mouthpieces and the Wedge is the only one I have found that makes my Eb trumpet sound in tune. My other trumpets are much easier to tune as well. My endurance has never been better and I love the sound. As I have grown older, I have tried to go to smaller mouthpieces, with limited success. The Wedge mouthpiece is exactly what I was looking for. I'm playing on a smaller mouthpiece with a better tone and projection than I ever got on bigger equipment.
One of my C trumpets is made by Andy Taylor and requires a mouthpiece with a smaller shank than normal. I sent Dave a Taylor mouthpiece to copy the shank size from. Not only was the result amazing, his service and willingness to do this custom work for me was outstanding.
While the concept of the Wedge mouthpiece is not traditional, it does in fact work great, and that is all that really matters. My audience could care less what type of equipment I'm using. They just want to hear beautiful music. The Wedge mouthpiece makes my job easier which allows me to be a better performer. I would highly recommend Wedge mouthpieces to any trumpeter.
Philip Clark's Biography
Philip Clark – is currently the Associate Principal trumpet for the Kansas City Symphony. He is also a member of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, and the Kansas City Brassworks. He has also been a member of the Toledo Symphony, the Kansas City Camerata, the Kansas City Brass, the Kansas City Brass and Percussion Ensemble, the Galliard Brass Ensemble, the Utah Festival Opera, and the Crested Butte Music Festival. As a soloist, Philip has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the Kansas City Camerata, and the Crested Butte Music Festival.
Philip holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Georgia. He holds the Masters of Music degree from the University of Michigan. His teachers include Armando Ghitalla, formerly Principal Trumpet of the Boston Symphony, and Albert Ligotti, formerly a member of the New York Philharmonic. When not performing, Philip enjoys hiking in the mountains, exploring caves, and practicing Kenpo Karate, where he holds the title of Master and the rank of 5th Degree Black Belt.