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Statement from Jim Wilt


About his Schagerl C-Trumpet „Wien heavy“

Through the course of my professional career, which spans about 41 years now, I have had the opportunity to play and own a multitude of rotary valve trumpets. In my quest for the “perfect” instrument, each one has represented an improvement over the previous, in terms of sound quality, intonation and playability. I can say without hesitation that my new Schagerl Wien Heavy C trumpet is the best German trumpet I have played to date. It is incredibly responsive and takes very little effort to project. The intonation is about as good as it gets on a trumpet, rotary or otherwise. I have used it on several occasions already in the orchestra and have been very pleased with the results. Passages that have felt clumsy and prone to intonation problems are greatly improved. It is a joy to play, and this is not hyperbole. Thank you for building such a great instrument.

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Prof. Andrew Classen about his Schagerl C-Trumpet Berlin heavy


„I received my Schagerl Berlin Heavy Rotary C in the middle of rehearsals for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. I was locked into the horn in the first hour. It has a warm and beautiful sound. Intonation is excellent. It make playing the Germanic repertoire way easier and more fun (let’s face it, V-I gets a bit boring at times). If you want the best rotary trumpet on the market, get a Schagerl.“
(Prof. Andrew Classen – Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at Drake University)

About Prof. Andrew Classen

He is currently second trumpet with the Des Moines Symphony and principal trumpet with Orchestra Iowa. He has played in many of the Willis Broadway Series shows including: Wicked, Spamalot, Book of Mormon, Hairspray, Annie, Little Shop of Horrors, The Producers, Chicago (solo trumpet), The Full Monty, 42nd Street, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

He often works as a clinician and guest artist for recitals, masterclasses and seminars, regionally, nationally and internationally. He has performed in China, Mexico, England and much of continental Europe. His classical trumpet album, It’s About Time, is available through Amazon or the iTunes store.

He is the leader of the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra, which just released their first album, Class ‘n Jazz: The Music of Andy Classen. His is also an active jazz composer. He currently has six compositions published through C.L. Barnhouse Publishing.

He received a Bachelor in Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire and a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from the University of Tennessee. His principal trumpet teachers were Vincent Cichowicz at Northwestern University, William Adam at Indiana University, Robert Baca at the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire and Cathy Leach at the University of Tennessee.

Andrew Classen became the inaugural holder of the Fred and Patty Turner Professorship in Jazz, thanks to a $1 million gift from Drake alumnus Fred Turner. Mr. Turner noted, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to support the future generations of musicians who will keep this art form alive. Creating a jazz professorship at my alma mater is a perfect fit. This is my own way of making sure the music plays on.”

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Successful with Schagerl Trumpets


Congratulate Dr. Federico Montes and Kevin Karabell, who won the audition with their Schagerl C-trumpets BERLIN heavy!

Dr. Federico Montes Associate Principal Trumpet Omaha Symphony and Kevin Karabell Principal Trumpet Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra!

Dr. Federico Montes about his Instrument:
My Berlin Heavy Z rotary trumpet has everything I ever imagined an incredible rotary trumpet would have. The range and variety of colors available to unlock within it are unimaginable and not to mention its incredible easiness to play and not just to play but to play in tune and fit in with the sound of the orchestra. I have enjoyed playing this horn in various orchestras in North America, not only in concerts but also in auditions since now many orchestras are strongly encouraging or requiring candidates to perform in rotary trumpets. I believe Schagerl has revolutionized the rotary trumpet in the world. 

Kevin Karabell about his Instrument:
My Schagerl Berlin heavy C trumpet allows me to express myself without any limitations. Regardless of the color, articulation, dynamic, or range I choose to present, this instrument truly allows me to communicate freely. Master craftsmanship allows for an immediate response and beautifully resonant sound.

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Dr. Jack Burt interviews Nadje Noordhuis


On May 13 and 14 2022, the University of Maine enjoyed the residency of jazz composer and trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis for two concerts and a masterclass. She performed a concert – of mostly her own compositions – with the UMaine Jazz Faculty, as well appearing as guest soloist the UMaine Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Dan Barrett.

In both concerts, Nadje completey charmed both listeners and performers with her uniquely lyrical and positive musical voice. Unknown to me until we met Nadje performs on a Schagerl Penelope B flat trumpet.

Australian-born and living in New York City, Nadje has a varied career. She is a member of the Grammy winning Maria Schneider Orchestra, and has 4 solo albums to her credit. She is also on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, Hunter College, and is a widely sought after private teacher. I interviewed Nadje between events, and over food in Orono, Maine.

Interview Questions:

Jack Burt: It’s been so nice having you here for your residency at the University of Maine! It’s great to meet you – and I love the music you are playing with our faculty quintet and our two jazz bands. I particularly like your compositions.

NN: Thank you!

JB: Have you always composed, or was it something that developed over time?

NN: I wrote one tune when I was young and taking piano lessons, but then didn’t write again until I was in my early twenties. As part of my undergraduate improvisation degree in Australia I had to regularly write tunes to be performed each week in my ensemble class. It was an amazing assignment – what better way to learn how to do something than to jump right in! I never thought it would be such a major part of my career, but it has ultimately allowed me to develop my own voice. I can’t imagine how I would have been able to develop my own sound without having spent countless hours working on my writing.

JB: You are from Australia, but are based in New York City, what do you when you aren’t a guest soloist? You teach as well, am I right?

NN: I teach a lot – both privately and at Manhattan School of Music. I have been able to live in a couple of different cities during the pandemic as I pivoted to teaching via Zoom in 2020. I find that I am still able to teach effective lessons despite not being physically in the same room. There are certain advantages, such as being able to quickly screenshare etudes or exercises, or to work on improvisation using play-a-longs. I miss living near the water in Australia, even after nineteen years of living in the US, so if I’m not teaching or playing, I’m heading up the road to go for a swim at a local pool.

JB: How did you get started in music, and jazz?

NN: My mother bought an old piano before I was born, and when I was very young I took a liking to it. She kindly enrolled me in piano lessons with a wonderful teacher, and I loved learning and practicing. Her husband played trumpet, so when I was seven, I also began trumpet lessons. It was compulsory for all third graders at my elementary school to play a band instrument. I played in my high school jazz band, but never considered it as a career until I was in college. I saw an all-female jazz group perform at a local pub, and it blew my mind. I never had thought of it as an option before. A couple of years later, I was enrolled in college for improvisation.

JB: I understand you have a new album in the works. Can you tell us about it?

NN: I actually have a few albums in the works at the moment! I just recorded my latest album for Newvelle Records, featuring Fred Hersch, Thomas Morgan and Rudy Royston. That will be out on vinyl in September, and released digitally in December. I’m also working on my next duo record with vibraphonist/synthesist/percussionist James Shipp. We still have a few layers to add, and will be mixing and mastering in the summer. That will be out on my label, Little Mystery Records, at the end of the year. I’m also slowly working on a rock album, which is an exciting new musical direction. I’ve always loved rock and metal music, as well as jazz. That album may take another year or so to complete.

JB: Who knew we both played Schagerl trumpets? How did you get started playing on your horn, the Penelope?

NN: I discovered the Schagerl Penelope trumpet at the International Trumpet Guild conference in Sydney in 2010. I had been looking for a new horn since my old one had been damaged in a chemical bath cleaning incident. I hadn’t had much luck at finding one until I picked up the Penelope. I knew immediately that I had found what I was looking for! It’s such a beautiful and versatile instrument. From big bands to solo trumpet with electronics, this horn plays it all. I can blend seamlessly in ensemble sections, and it cuts through effortlessly for solos with its gorgeous, warm sound. I get compliments pretty much every gig that I play on the purity of my sound. It’s my calling card, and I wouldn’t consider playing any other trumpet. Unless it’s another Schagerl, of course!

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Prof. Jack Burt about the new Schagerl Model “1961”


I have played Schagerl trumpets since 2010, but only rotary trumpets, never pistons. I, of course was aware of their earlier piston models, which are all fine instruments, but I was never tempted to switch away from my Bach or Blackburn C and B flats.

In 2021 after a COVID-induced year and a half absence, I was able to visit the Schagerl factory in Mank, Austria, in August and October. During that visit, I was able to see many friends, socialize, and also interview many artists for the Schagerl social media sites.

During that visit, Karl asked me to playtest a new model they were working on – a piston series, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of their company – intended for the American market. I was a bit hesitant, and for good reason. It is a tough sell, I thought, for an Austrian trumpet maker, known for fine rotary instruments, to make a piston model for the American market. We are an opinionated, demanding lot. Not to mention it is a crowded market, with many great instruments to choose from! Nevertheless, I gave them a try.

After having spent time with these horns, I have come away convinced that this new series, the ‘1961 Model” C and B flat trumpets, are some of the best piston trumpets I have ever played. Schagerl has well and truly hit it out of the park! These horns are “dead, solid perfect”, “straight down the middle”, American style trumpets. They found the sweet spot. Their sound is exactly what you would expect from a classic American orchestral trumpet: clear, rich, focused, brilliant and solid. Yet, and this is crucial… they offer more.

Not only do I get the sound I have always wanted on a piston C or B flat, but, I am producing it with less effort, more ease of flexibility and locked in intonation than ever before. My accuracy on both horns is better than ever. I never feel as if I am fighting the horn.

Some trumpets make you work too hard to achieve what you want, and are always a struggle. Others seem to do it for you, like “bowling with bumpers in the gutters” as one colleague described it. They play more easily, but the result is less than satisfying.  The ‘1961’ Series has neither of those faults. They are free blowing, responsive, and beautiful. It feels like a friend who wants to go wherever you want to go. They are a joy to play.

As always, with Schagerl, the workmanship is world-class. The Schagerl valves are smooth as silk, and the finishing is superb. Do yourselves a favor, find one, and give it a try!

Jack Burt, Professor of Trumpet – University of Maine – Orono, ME USA

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Marc Osterer- Schagerl Artist


How did you get to know the Schagerl company?

Playing at the Salzburg Festival in 2013, I was traveling around Austria shopping for a new instrument to take back to my job in the Mexico City Philharmonic. Schagerl was not only the highest quality, but very accommodating and personal with their service.

Which schagerl instruments do you play?

Roman Empire and Spyder trumpets, Wien flugelhorn. I used to have a Penelope model, which fell off my motorcycle on a winter’s night on the Austrian Autobahn 5 years ago – a tragic misfortune. Hopefully someone found it and is making some nice music.

Who influenced you in your career?

My teachers and colleagues in New York City, who taught me to show up on time, play everything as well as possible, and be friendly to everyone.

How long have  you  been living in Austria? What brought you here and why did you stay?

6 years! After working 3 summers in Salzburg, and meeting such amazing musicians, I decided that Vienna is a perfect city, where I can have a comfortable lifestyle and nice freelance career. So far, things are going according to plan!

Since so many concerts have been cancelled the past year, I’m lucky to now be working as lead trumpet in the Synchron Stage Orchestra, where we’ve been recording music for Hollywood film and TV productions.

More detailed information about his career:

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Emircan Birgül – Schagerl Artist


How did you get to know the Schagerl Company? 

In 2010, I was just fifteen, I saw Mnozil Brass’s concert videos on Youtube during my high school years at the conservatory, and I was very impressed.  My favorite recording was Hungarian Schnapsodie. First of all, I liked the design of the instruments, I thought ‘’how easily they are able to perform what they want’’ while watching and, I dreamed at that moment by saying to myself ‘I should definitely buy a Schagerl trombone in the future. I went to the Schagerl factory in 2015 and had the Kissbone X my first instrument. It was an invaluable experience for me. The best part was that Zoltan Kiss tried my first trombone while I was at the factory and the Schagerl family welcomed me very well. Since then, I have used the Kissbone, Aurora, and Aurora Rizotto models and still use the Aurora Rizotto model.  The most important things in an instrument for me are intonation, transition between sounds, timbre besides acoustic power. I am quite pleased that Schagerl has met all of my expectations. I am grateful to Karl Schagerl in the first place and the entire Schagerl family for their support so far.

Which Schagerl instruments do you play?

Kissbone X Goldbrass Bell (2015-2017)
Aurora Yellowbrass Bell (2017-2018)
Aurora Rizotto Yellowbrass Bell (2018 – Currently)

Who influeced you in your carrier?

My mother encouraged me first to make a career choice. Three months before the conservatory exams, she prepared me for the music training required for the exam, and I have decided on my career plan thanks to her. I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart to my mother for her great guidance for my future. I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to my teachers Bedi Durham and Peter Körner, who have made valuable contributions in my life.

A short description of your career would be appreciated about your music and projects.

Emircan Birgül was born in Balıkesir, TURKEY in 1995. His trombone education started in 2006 at Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory. In 2010, he was selected to Doğuş Children’s Symphony Orchestra as part of Dogus Group Social Responsibility Project. In the same year, he took part in the Presidential Symphony Orchestra as the youngest guest artist.
 In 2012, he participated in Ankara Youth Symphony Orchestra and took part in various concerts.

He actively participated in master classes at Bilkent University with Joseph Alessi (2015) and Christian Lindberg (2016) in Ankara and he participated in master classes with Otmar Gaiswinkler(2016) and Jesper Busk Sørensen(2017) at Stift Melk, in the project of „Schagerl Brass Academy“ organized by Schagerl Meisterinstrumente in Mank, Vienna.

In the same year, he performed the trombone concerto of L. Grøndahl with Hacettepe University Symphony Orchestra which was conducted by Artun Hoinic. 

He actively participated in master classes with Armin Bachmann(2017) at “Ankara Brass Week” project in Ankara. 

In 2017, he successfully completed his trombone education at Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory in the class of Bedi Durham and he graduated with a status of “High Honor Student”. 

In 2018, he started the master education with Peter Körner at Anadolu University State Conservatory and same time he started the work at Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra. At the end of the same year, he worked with Jamie Williams in a project of “Deutsch Türkische Jugendbrücke” at Hochscule für Musik und Theater Rostock, and 2 weeks later, he actively worked with world-famous trombone artist such as Mayumi Shimizu, Harrie De Lange, Dirk Ellerkamp, Matt Gee, Jose Milton Vieira, Zoltan Kiss and Peter Stainer at the “Leatzsch Trombone Festival”. 

In 2020, he was selected as one of the few to participate in the World Brass Association Wartburg Akademie project and he actively worked with Prof. Armin Bachmann. 

He continues master education at Anadolu University State Conservatory with Peter Körner and he is currently working as a trombone player at Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra. 

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David Pastor – Schagerl Artist


How did you get to know the Schagerl company?

My secret is to always surround myself with a professional team that allows me to grow continuously and that adds value to my career. 6 years ago it was my own team who told me about the brand and urged me to try their instruments. We traveled to Mank where I was able to test various models and instantly fell in love with the sound and the versatility. At first I decided on the “gansch horn light”, for my solo works; the “Nodus L” model, for section and commercial works; and the flugelhorn “aglaea”.

Which schagerl instruments do you play?

 I still use my inseparable “gansch horn light” and I am using the “Las Vegas” model, for section and commercial works. Also, recently I am enjoying the “1961” model, a jewel that adds to my collection. I have also changed the “aglaea” flugelhorn, for a Killer Queen Z, and I can say that: it is the best flugelhorn in the world.

Who influenced you in your career?

Since my beginnings, I learned since I was 9 years old from the hand of my teacher Manuel López, in my homeland, Sedaví (Valencia) to whom I owe everything. Later, when I was 20 years old, I moved to Barcelona where I studied the higher degree of trumpet at the Barcelona Conservatory, under the guidance of Jaume Espigoler, whom I have to thank for all the knowledge he gave me regarding the classical trumpet. And in that same period, I was able to participate in the workshops of Michael P. Mosmann, in Sedajazz, which gave me a much broader vision of the trumpet in the field of jazz and modern music. Artistically I have admired great trumpeters like Claudio Roditi, who, unfortunately, has recently left us; Wallace Rooney, Jack Wallrath or Arturo Sandoval, with whom I have had the great pleasure of being able to collaborate and share experiences. Miles Davis, Maurice André, Dizzy Gillespie or Woody Shaw are always my inspiration.

About your Carree:

I am spanish trumpet player. I have been linked to my instrument for 37 years and have learned about life through it. I have grown and traveled with a trumpet in my hands. She has been and is the filter of my life. It has always been my way of expressing myself. And these are some of the projects I’m touring with. Film Sessions, Carlos Santos Award for Best Jazz Album 2019. Movie songs, covered for Jazz quartet. A classic line-up that revives mythical pieces of film history such as Saturday Night Fever, Chinatown or Flash Dance and that has already been heard at the best festivals in the world. Symphonic Jazz Sketches explodes onto the musical calendar as an open-ended project, seeking to bridge the gap between two seemingly opposite genres. David Pastor’s solo trumpet provides the link between both styles, accompanied by a quartet of renowned jazz musicians and a classical orchestra. Timelapse It is the new project that I am still working on, with which I am very excited and that will see the light at the end of 2021. I put myself against the strings, adapting the great universal classics in jazz mode, with a chamber orchestra. Gladly some suggestions on your part The sound of the Schagerl instruments allows me to be myself and express my sonority in a natural way, to find my own voice


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Leafar Riobueno – Schagerl Artist


How did you get to know the Schagerl Company?
During my participation in the Venezuelan Brass ensemble, maestro Thomas Clamor spoke to us about musical technical aspects, referring to a color and sound tone that we should look for when interpreting certain music. That connection between the orchestral system and the brand made us receive some donations of instruments with rotor systems that later we were able to differentiate the timbral qualities and achieve what the maestro Clamor wanted. This was approximately in 2006 but I am wrong.

Which Schagerl Instruments do you play?
I have had the great opportunity to play with many models, from piston trumpets to piccolo, but I am currently using the Roman Impire model which is a complete trumpet for study and use in small ensembles.
Also the piccolo Berlin, which is one of the instruments with the highest timbre quality that is unique so far. Also, the different possibilities that can be adapted to musical needs.

Who influenced you in your career?
Many people have and are part of my influence, but without a doubt the teacher Jose Antonio Abreu, as well as Claudio Abbado and for me the teacher Winton Marsalis. These three are an example of life and sacrifice for music and the good of youth.
There are others but they do not come mainly to the artistic subject, as for example Jesus Christ.

About your Career.
My training was always in Venezuela, where I had the opportunity to receive and be monitored by the greatest instrumentalists in the world.
After studying in distant houses of study in Caracas-Venezuela, I became part of the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela, the latter was one of the greatest experiences as a professional since it allowed me to meet many musician friends, which motivated me to continue growing and also to create different groups in may country through my music.
I am currently as a trumpet professor at the University of Talca-Chile.

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Corneliu Meici – Schagerl Artist


How did you hear about Schagerl?
15 years ago I heard about Schagerl from Walter Hilgers, former tuba player with German Brass and Wien Philharmonic, he was conducting our philharmonic at that time. He asked me why we don’t use rotary trumpets, because at that time in our country we used only piston trumpets. In 2008 Schagerl had an expo in our country,but unfortunately I was away with our philharmonic on a tour in Holland, but while I was on tour, Dan Simule, the representative for Schagerl in Romania, loaded his car with trumpets and came to us in Holland so I could try them. We even played in the Concertgebow hall with those trumpets and I fell in love with them and we ordered 4 trumpets for our orchestra which came very fast and we still use them, they still look like new even after all those years, and after a few years we ordered another 6 trumpets to add to the arsenal. Some of my colleagues from Romania tried the trumpets and ordered some for them ass well.

What instruments do you use?
Schagerl Bb Berlin gold plated
Schagerl C Berlin heavy gold plated
Schagerl piccolo Berlin gold plated

Who influenced your career?
As a child I was influenced by my brother who played in the church brass band, a band that had very good plates even players from the local philharmonic. I was takes to the music school where I had a very good teacher, Werosta Werner, and in my highschool years I’ve had as a teacher the principal trumpet player(at that time) Lazar Moldovanu, who had a very important role in my development as a trumpet player and even helped me play alongside him and encouraged me to participate in many contest around the country. In my collage years I’ve learned with Sergiu Cârstea, principal trumpet with the National Opera in Timișoara and soloist, and for the bachelor’s degree, which I did in Cluj, I’ve learned with Pozdarescu Gabriel. After I finished my studies I participated in a international contest in Timișoara where I received first prize and also a chamber music contest where, alongside our brass quintet, we also received first prize. I can also say that a great influence on me were trumpet players like: Wynton Marsalis, who I listened to as a young child and seen many videos of him, Maurice Andre, Mathias Hoffs, Gabor Tarkovi, Hans and Thomas Gansch, Reinold Friedrich, Phil Smith,Sergei Nakariakov,Alison Balson,Arturo Sandoval,James Morrison etc, and also my participation in different masterclasses and courses with trumpet players and conductors from around the world.

About my career
I began playing trumpet at 10 years old, I finished highschool in Timișoara, collage also in Timișoara and bachelor’s in Cluj Napoca.
I am employed with Timișoara State Philharmonic since 1997 and from 2005 I am principal trumpet. I collaborated with many orchestras from Romania and other countries and had concerts and tours in over 30 countries and 5 continents.
I played as soloist with George Enescu Philharmonic from Bucharest, National Youth orchestra of Romania, Banatul Philharmonic,etc, interpreting works like: J.Haydn, J.N.Hummel, A.Arutunian, G.F.Telemann, G.Torelli, A.Vivaldi, G.F.Handel,D.Sostakovich,Siegfried Matthus, etc.
Since 2017 I am asociate professor with West University in Timișoara.
I am honored to take this interview and I wish to be an encouragement for the younger generation and also for all my trumpet playing friends from around the world. I totally recommend Schagerl trumpets, as they are the best for me.