INpact Band entertains, inspires young
September 11th, 2013 09:15
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 9:15 AM
Professional trumpeter Patrick Hession accompanies
the INpact Band members during their DCI World
Championship Finals performance.
An enormous ensemble of middle school band students
took the field at Lucas Oil Stadium Aug. 10, as part
of the opening ceremony of the Drum Corps
Championship Finals in Indianapolis.
2013 marked the second year the INpact Indiana's
Future Band was organized for performances at the DCI
World Championships. Nominated by band directors and
music teachers, more than 280 middle school students
from across the state of Indiana were selected to
The band is presented thanks to a special grant
awarded to Drum Corps International by the LDI 100th
Anniversary Celebration Cultural Partnership Gift
Program with the cooperation of the Indiana State
School Music Association and Indiana Bandmasters
"INpact gives young musicians an exciting performance
opportunity while opening their eyes to a high level
of excellence in the performing arts," said head
INpact director Kathryn Briel, who is the director of
bands at Clark Pleasant Middle School in Greenwood,
INpact students arrived in Indianapolis on Friday,
Aug. 9 to begin rehearsals. In between ensemble and
smaller sectional practices with Indiana band
directors, performers also had the opportunity to
observe drum corps getting ready for and competing at
the DCI World Championship Semifinals which was
running simultaneous to their rehearsal schedule.
The INpact Indiana's Future Band performs at the
World Championship Finals.
Rounding out the night, students were treated to a
special program at the historic Indiana Repertory
Theater. A leadership workshop by motivational
speaker Fran Kick, a performance and question and
answer session with Sgt. Corrin Campbell who is an
active-duty servicewoman and musician with the U.S.
Army, a walk-though of a day-in-the-life of a
professional musician with trumpeter Al Chez, and
other special guests and performers took center stage
in a number of interactive sessions with the middle
While getting back to work on Saturday morning,
INpact students had the opportunity to experience
Drum Corps International's first-ever DrumLine Battle
and SoundSport festival on Georgia Street in downtown
Indianapolis, before heading back to Lucas Oil
Stadium for a dress rehearsal of their performance
later in the evening.
INpact Band members had the opportunity to
and perform at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Joining the INpact Band for their concert at the
start of the DCI World Championship Finals were
renowned trumpet soloists Patrick Hession and Al
Chez. Hession has made a career of playing and
recording for some of the most well known big bands
in the world including the Lionel Hampton Big Band,
the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Maynard Ferguson's Big
Bop Noveau. Chez, who is a former drum corps member
and still assists in teaching drum corps, spent more
than 25 years as a trumpeter with the Late Night and
Late Show with David Letterman on NBC and then
Hession and Chez accompanied the band playing an
arrangement of Bill Conti's theme to the "Rocky"
movies, "Gonna Fly Now." Doug Keiser from the School
of Music at Indiana State University served as
conductor of the group.
More than just a performance opportunity, the INpact
Indian's Future Band experience is one designed to
encourage students to consider the arts as they make
important skills development decisions for their high
school years and beyond.
"These students take back a unique level of
excitement and excellence for music education to
their individual schools and communities throughout
Indiana," Briel said. "They become ambassadors for
keeping music alive and strong in our Indiana
Watch the performance of the 2013 INpact Indiana's
HESSION'S SESSIONS Guide Reviews! (Updated on August
August 1st, 2013 00:00
is very pleased to report that the method book is
being well received all around the world! Here are
Hi Mr. Hession,
I am really enjoying your book!
Great resource. As an older player, it is nice to see
an explanation, with exercises included, that
addresses the needs of how to play with better sound
and range. I am very appreciative of this book!
The best help I ever received. I have played
professionally from 1977 - 2002, I then stopped,
disillusioned and fed up. I was talked into starting
again in January this year (2013). I have been using
Patrick's book now for a little over a couple of
months and my chops have really settled down and the
reliability is consistent. I recently was asked to
fill the lead chair of a good big band. I have Played
two, two hour gigs including soloing and I can report
that my chops seem almost as fresh at the end of the
gig as they did at the start.
In the words of a famous paint advert.... "It does
exactly what it says on the lid."
If you are serious about developing your chops, air
and sizzle, this book is an absolute must.
Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge
Best Book on Building the Trumpets Range. Over the
past 43 years, I have owned many trumpet method books
including books specializing on building the trumpet
range and endurance. Patrick's book is one of the
best if not the best trumpet method books I have
encountered that targets building range and
endurance. Not only is Patrick a really nice
individual, he is a very unique trumpet player as
evidenced by his many years as Maynard Ferguson's
Lead player. My biggest regret is losing my spiral
bound issue of this great book. I highly recommend
this trumpet method book if one is interested in
expanding their range and endurance. Patrick's
playing ability can be easily assessed via
Russell D. Dixon "Russell D"
Putting in some work... Thank you Patrick for a great
So far so good. Bought this for a friend, I am told,
and I quote "It has really improved my range, there's
some sweet lessons in this thing." So far i've heard
no flack about it, and to be honest my buddy's been
playing very well. I'd recommend this.
ITG Journal - International Trumpet Guild - ITG Journal
Vol. 33, No. 4
Hession, Patrick E. - Harrison Township, MI: Author
Most noted for his extensive work as lead trumpet for
Maynard Ferguson, Patrick Hession developed his
formidable abilities through years of playing in the
UNLV Jazz Ensemble, Las Vegas show bands, cruise ship
bands, and the bands of Lionel Hampton and Glenn
Miller. This book contains lessons and exercises that
he has developed in a continual pursuit of
Before delving into exercises, Hession writes about
his approach to music and identifies some key issues
with regard to playing in the upper register on the
trumpet. The tone of Hession's writing is very
informal, almost conversational. His approach is
mindful of both the physical and mental components
necessary for success. More specifically, he
discusses trumpet players as both artists and
athletes, with the idea that each day should bring
the player closer to his or her goals.
Hession also emphasizes the importance of maintaining
focus while practicing and performing. He refers to
being "in the zone" and playing with 100 percent
concentration for each note. The importance of air is
also discussed at length, with an emphasis on
efficient breathing and a supported air flow.
Hession developed the 25 original exercises contained
in this book through his practice and preparation in
the professional world. The first exercises address
breathing, pedal tones, and relaxation. From there,
further exercises use chromatics and lip slurs to
emphasize the importance of using air properly to
produce sound. Centering pitch and tone are also
covered. As the book progresses, Hession frequently
revisits exercises that are intended to refocus and
relax the player. Some of the later exercises address
controlling the air stream, glissandos, and lip
Overall, Hession's book presents a very broad and
developed mental approach to the upper register. It
does not espouse a "one size fits all" mentality, but
rather encourages persistence, focus, and an emphasis
on the basics of trumpet playing. If there are two
points that Hession is insistent upon, they are that
both airflow and focus are crucial to success on the
trumpet. This book does not claim to make you a lead
trumpet player overnight, but it does give you some
great insight into the mind and methods of a great
lead trumpet player. When played according to
Hession's instructions, I found these exercises to be
Peterson, trumpeter. USAF Band of
Have been revisiting Patrick Hession's excellent
"Hession's Sessions" book the past few days. My chops
feel great! When I first got it, probably 5 or 6
years ago, it was too much of a workout, and my
impatience got the better of me. Now I find it to be
a well structured and well balanced warmup, which is
setting me up nicely! If you don't have it already
(or even if you do!) it's well worth
Your book has kept me in shape when school is off,
when work is slow, and when I really need to
strengthen my chops for shows or lead gigs. I have
had it for about 2 years and slowly progressed my way
through it. I would love to have a lesson and work
out of it, to help alleviate my bad habits (pressure
for one), and to learn how YOU do the exercises.
I also recently picked up the BL4 S6 "XLT" Monette
piece. It is awesome, the best I have ever played. I
like it more than my B4L, and way more than my Bob
Reeves. It is perfect for me; shallow bowl shape,
huge throat, and big backbore, but not too big.
Kudos on everything man. You're one of the greats in
Montclair State University
I'm writing this message simply because I want to
express how brilliant PATRICK HESSION'S BOOK is: I've
been playing the TRUMPET professionally now since
1981. Up until January 2005, I was always trying to
find the perfect trumpet book that would help me
DEVELOP my range and endurance. PATRICK'S book is
BRILLIANT. I've increased my range from a HIGH 'F'
above HIGH C to 'A' above HIGH 'C'. On some days, I
also can play above HIGH 'A's. I also feel that
PATRICK'S approach to the instrument is what ALL
brass players should use, including other brass
players like trombone players, etc. I'm also now
playing in a six piece band supporting one of the
rudest swearing comedians in the world called 'ROY
CHUBBY BROWN.' I highly recommend his book to any
young or old trumpeter who wants to develop their
RANGE, POWER & ENDURANCE
Thanks for your excellent method book - it's been
I just want you to know how much I appreciate all of
your help. You took me with only 2 months of trumpet
experience this year and now after 7 months of
lessons from you (not to mention your 24/7 trumpet
help phone line) I have received a scholarship to the
Interlochen Center for the Arts High School. You
taught me a foundation that I can build on for the
rest of my life.
I bought your method book some time ago and am really
enjoying it. It's all good stuff mate.
I was on the Monette site just now and saw the
OCTAV-EYE-ZER! cilp. Very funny, would be even better
at a gig, with a dead straight face of course.
Cool thanks mate, and maybe one day when I'm over
there (or you here) we'll run into each other.
Thank you for, "Hessions Sessions"... there are no
high notes, just fast air...
Do you plan any concerts in Europe (e.g.
Juergen, Lead Trumpet
"Big Band Liechtenstein"
I've been reading your book and the first exercises
have helped me a lot. The relaxers are a big help. I
hope to see you some day.
Fabulous show in Ames, IA tonight. Thanks so much for
the tips on using your technique book and on playing
in general, breathing, etc. You happily spent time
helping fellow trumpet players and I really
Your Hessions Sessions is the best method I ever
used. I do it just as you state and I feel great. Dec
5 is 1 year that I have the book. Were are you
playing and is the Maynard band going to perform
I received your book last week. I have to say that I
enjoy your playing and
professionalism very much - keep on holding the torch
I believe we may have met back in your Glenn Miller
days as I was playing
lead for Artie Shaw (for 15 years) and the two bands
played a number of gigs
on the same bill.
I have played lead with many of the big bands (Woody,
Buddy, T Dorsey, etc.)
as well as in many singers road crews (T. Bennet,
Sinatra, Rosmary Clooney,
etc.) and am still playing full time doing the shows
and sessions in the
Boston area. I tell you this because I believe I know
what I'm talking about
when I say that I think your book is timely, very
informative and well
I studied early with Dock Reinhardt and then Dave
Stahl and Carmine Caruso
throughout jr. high and high school, and then found
Bill Adam later after
Berklee when I went on the road. I really like and
approach/philosophy and have found the book (in a
short time) very
refreshing and helpful to my playing! I am
rejuvenated in reading your book
and look forward to following your routine for a
Congratulations on writing a wonderful and necessary
book - I wish I had
written it myself!
Best of luck in the future and I'll look for your
Your book is right on. Each lesson is very clear.
From DEC., 5 to now I made a lot of progress.
Dear Mr. Hession, A couple of months ago I bought
your method book "Hessions Sessions - Guide to
consistent, reliable and sometimes, Invincible Chops"
from your website. I..m a big fan of yours and I work
as a lead trumpet player at one of the theaters in
Stockholm, Sweden, playing musicals 5 nights a week.
I always go and listen to you when you play in my
hometown. The reason I..m writing to you is that I
want to thank you. About 5 weeks ago I had to go
through a big operation in my stomach. The recovery
was very hard and painful but the recordings I have
of you helped me a lot to get through that period of
time. Now when I have started practising again I have
been using your method book and the progress to get my
chops back has been much easier than I expected. So
what can I say more than THANK YOU! The next time you
are in stockholm you might recognise me in the
audience because I..m the guy in the front row
applauding more than the others... God bless you
I received your book MONDAY and played the exercises
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and I feel terrific!
The best book I ever used.
Thank you Patrick!
Your book really helps me play more consistently.
I am really glad to hear of your recent achievements.
Your book has greatly helped me with my upper
register while playing with the Marine Band. I am
transfering from San Diego to Parris Island, South
Carolina on May 1, 2005. Please let me know when you
will be performing in the Carolina area. I would love
to catch one of your shows again. Take care and good
Marine Band San Diego
You have inspired me with your book and your bio. I
am a freshman in high school and I use the B4L, it's
amazing!!! It helps me out not only pitch wise but
also playing long jobs. I play lead for my high
school and I use your book. I can play an easy "Dubba
A." Thank you for the book, Patrick, YOU'RE
Hi Patrick your BOOK IS Great cant wait for the NEXT
keep up the good work with MAYNARD..
I wanted to follow up with you on your Trumpet book.
I'm the guy who bought your book for a double scotch
and a few bucks at the Stratospheric event in Los
Angeles at the LAX Four Points Sheraton. The book is
really great. Kind of a one-stop, systematic
distillation of a lot of playing concepts. I have
managed to work my way through about half of the
exercises and look forward to attacking the rest.
One of the things I found very helpful was your
suggestion to sub-divide the beat while counting and
breathing. By breaking the beat into sixteenths my
mind could no longer wander to thoughts of
insecurity, etc. It is a wonderful way to gain the
focus your book preaches. There is a book out called
The Inner Game Of Music that provides some exercises
for focusing, but I found your approach much more
Thanks and I hope to catch one of your shows
Great site! I saw you down at Croce's two weeks ago
and I was so blown away! Your books is great too! a
lot of your tips have helped my playing ability! Keep
on playing! Nice new horn by the way! David makes
some great horns... and mouthpieces too!
The book looks great. Nice to have the emphasis on
fundamental trumpet concepts. Relaxed breathing,
subdividing, air speed. Good stuff!
Okay....by no means am I a pro player....but I
thought I would like to add my thoughts to this book
since I just read it.
Pat's book has a lot to offer. Being a person who has
gone through college and I myself always striving to
be better, I always am looking for new Ideas...or
changes on old ideas.
Pat's book goes into great detail about the mental
side of trumpet playing. Which I love. He talks about
dedication from the very first note to the last.
Without going into too much detail about the book, it
is a very interesting read.
The Warm-up/routine exercises are pretty simple if
you know your stuff. A lot of focusing on the air
movement. It involves a lot of pedal tone playing as
well as moving the air and supporting into the upper
I also would like to say that the exercises are put
together well, and for the most part the directions
are written right with the exercise it
self....telling you what to do when you breath, and
what to strive for. All in all....it's a great
I'm enjoying your "Hessions Sessions" book I just
bought - nice format!
PATRICK, I HAVE TO SAY IM HOOKED!I'VE SEEN YOU AND
THE BOSS 5 TIMES THIS YEAR AND AND THE BOSS COUNTLESS
TIMES THE LAST TWENTY SOME YEARS ALREADY AND LOOKING
FORWARD TO SEEING THE BAND AT LAX SHERITON AND VA.
AND AT BLUES ALLEY IN WASH DC. FOR TWO MORE SHOWS.
ANY WAY YOUR BOOK HAS HELPED ME IN RANGE, I'VE BEEN
ABLE TO HIT DOUBLE G'S FOR PASS TWENTY YEARS, BUT I
CAN DOUBLE C FOR THE FIRST TIME AND CAN DO IT
REGULARLY, THANKS. I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS HOLDING ME
BACK UNTIL READING AND UNDERSTANDING WHAT THE PROBLEM
WAS. THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR TIME AND LEADERSHIP ON HOW
TO BECOME A BETTER PLAYER. HARD WORK DOES PAY
I 'm glad to see that you are getting such rave
reviews. I too received your book a few months ago.
It has proved to be a valuable addition to my
practice routine. I've had the privilege to study
with Roger Ingram a few times and am a regular
student of Vaughn Nark. Your approach fits nicely
with their basic principals and adds a few touches
that I find helpful.
As a professional martial arts instructor I can
relate to your emphasis on the mental aspect of
playing and the importance of giving just the right
amount of intensity to the task at hand. Efficiency
of movement and clarity of intention is what I teach
to my students also. I've come back to trumpet after
several years of putting it down. I'm finding playing
to not only be a release for me, but also a different
way of integrating the philosophical and
physiological concepts that I practice and teach.
I met you briefly in Phili in July at Zanzibar Blue.
I've heard you play about 4 times now and every time
you get better! Not only were you smoking' on the
bandstand, you were certainly kind enough to chat
with me for a few moments. I only hope that I can
catch up with you in the future and get some personal
insight into how I can better utilize your approach
into my daily routine.
Best of luck to you!
Jose Johnson's Chinese Martial Arts and Wellness
No one 'method' book is going to be a silver bullet
in terms of making anyone a vastly improved player.
Being exposed to a range of ideas and approaches
generally helps you form your own personalized
approach, and I think Patrick's book has a lot to
offer in this manner. It is very well written, and is
based on sound, fundamental principles. You also get
a sense of his enthusiasm for trumpet; he talks a lot
about focusing your mind while practicing, and
constantly striving to improve; valuable perspective
for any aspiring player. I'm inclined to listen to
anyone that has spent as much time as he has playing
alongside the boss, and apparently has the same basic
approach to the instrument. Every night he walks on
stage he entering "the lab" in terms of applying the
rules and principles, and has a chance to continually
modify the approach based on his results. A very good
I ordered Patrick's book through the mail, and it
came to me in a very timely fashion (unlike Tommy
Martin, but I don't want to get started on that
again) ... anyway I think the book is great, and
offers a few new twists on a topic that has been
written about much ... chops!
I rotate "chop" stuff I got from Bob McCoy, Joe
Mosello, Schlossberg, Flow Studies, and Patrick's
book as part of my daily routines .. I find giving
the chops different things to work on keeps them in
the best shape.
It's also laid out very well, and everything is
explained well .. and obviously .. it works for
I'd say go for it ... I think it's worth the
Great web site...Great book, I bought it...Looking
forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh in Nov. My all
time favorite Trumpet players, Maynard, Stan Mark,
yourself & The Pgh. Symphony Trumpet section. I
met you in Pgh. last year, besides being a great
trumpet player, you are also a great person.
Hi. After a week of using your book I have seen
amazing progress. I always wonder why my high
register lack volume and support. My practice time is
more focus and rewarding. I thank you for an
Hession's Sessions Guide to consistent, reliable and
sometimes, Invincible Chops! For the sake of lead
I don't typically review books on this site,
particularly trumpet "method" books, and this is no
exception. I haven't played trumpet since college,
I'm no expert. However, I did recently get a chance
to read Maynard Ferguson lead player Patrick
Hession's new trumpet book, and it interested me
enough to write a little segment on it.
Upon reading this book, you are left with one
resounding impression about Patrick: he is deadly
serious and extraordinarily committed to being the
best trumpet player he can be. This book focuses on
attitude and mental approach to playing the trumpet
(or any brass instrument, really) more than any other
method book I've seen. Rather than discuss minute
technical specifics ("eee" vs "aah", for instance),
Patrick focuses on concepts that he recommends
players visualize and internalize. Granted, there are
dozens and dozens of specific exercises in the book
designed to improve your range, stamina and control,
but what interested me more (since I no longer play)
were Patrick's philosophies.
Both Patrick's writings and the "testimonials" in the
book feel much more honest than most writing you
would tend to find in a trumpet book. Nearly all of
the testimonials mention Patrick's ability to shut
obstacles out of his mind (such as criticism,
fatigue, etc...) and focus purely on the task at
hand. Many mentioned that Patrick does not have a
lead trumpeter's stereotypical ego, but is genuinely
interested in learning from every musical
Patrick's chapter on breathing was particularly
interesting, as he uses Maynard as an example of
"breathing perfection" when it comes to trumpet
playing. We've all suspected as much, but it's
fascinating to hear these thoughts expressed by
someone who stands 15 feet behind him on every
If you're interested in reading the book (and trying
out the exercises), the book is now available to
order on Patrick's website (click the image below to
It's Andrew from Plaistow NH. I would like to say
thanks for the new book you have out. I bought one a
few months ago and after spending time reading, I
have learned a lot from it. I like how you talk about
breathing exercises and different studies for warming
up. It has helped my lead playing a lot and I can hit
notes that are insane and they are easy to play. Once
again, thank you for your book and please stay in
touch. See you later!
I took your book and my horn on a week's holiday on a
remote island off Greece last week - I spent 4 hours
a day with the book -I couldn't put it down. I've
found myself doing the breathing exercises wherever I
am! - it has already made a big difference to my
playing, I play with much more control and confidence
already - so I'm sure after 12 months hard work it
will be an amazing improvement. Already the guys in a
10 piece Latin band I'm in have said - wow, you're
hot tonight - which for a guy that has never played
above a high G, or struggled with my breathing was a
fantastic boost - thank you Patrick.
I will be coming up from Wales to London on Friday
28th May to see you with MF at Ronnie Scotts Club -
are you in a position to maybe give me a half hour or
15 minute lesson / chat? - it would mean so much to
make sure I'm understanding the book correctly, I
feel very secluded tucked away in Wales. Whatever the
cost is not a problem, but I understand how busy you
are, and how tiring your week there would be - I
could come up the day before if it helps. Many thanks
for this guiding light - I just hope I can do your
book justice and achieve the notes as well as the
I've got your book thank you - I'm on my 3rd read
before I start work with it - I'm off for a well
earned week in a Greek villa next week, I'm taking an
old horn, and that's where I'll start work with it.
I'm a little scared, as I've never played a double C,
but I really believe in your writing, and even if I
never do, I'll be a far better player using this
The link below is a post I've put onto Trumpet Forum,
under the post about your book - I hope that's OK. My
handle is 'billystronghorn'
I hope that you will be with MF at Ronnie Scotts
London this May, I will be up with my trumpet friends
from Wales on Friday 28th May.
Are you available for a lesson on the Thursday /
Friday / Saturday? - I would love to have one if
Many thanks Patrick.
I have purchased his method book and in reading the
"General Approach", a light went on for me. I too
March in a Drum and Bugle corps (Kilties) and have
been told about about the importance of air for the
upper register as opposed to pressure by various
instructors in various terms. Maybe it's just the
culmination of the all terminology used by all of
those people and then how Patrick Hession phrases it
that it just pushed it deeper into my brain where I
could understand what everyone else meant. In any
event I've incorporated his thoughts in the prefaces
of each of his exercises, where he explains what the
goal of the exercise is and how to do it properly to
get results, into my regular routine (lip slurs in
Arbans or Clarks technical studies exercises and
etudes for example) as well as the exercises he's
provided. The bottom line is this book is working for
me and I look forward to the day that my chops too
will be "invincible."
I just received Patrick Hession's book on Wed. I had
a few hours to kill before a concert so I thought I
would start reading his book. First of all I think it
contains some excellent information about trumpet
playing. Second, his emphasis on concentration helped
me realize that I wasn't concentrating like I should
be. As a result, my performance on Wednesday night
was much better than I had expected. I'm really glad
to add this book to my practice routine.
I, also, recently received Patrick's new method book
and, after a quick read-through, I think it is going
to work very well FOR ME. Not knowing all of the
methods Patrick, himself, went through (and I'm sure
there were many!) it appears to me that besides the
breathing , relaxing, range, sound aspect the book
also seems to have strong influences from John
Glasel's method, "Relaxation Techniques"...and from
another extremely well-known method of one of MY
biggest influences/teachers...Carmine Caruso. Since
I've been "into" both of these methods for the past
30 some years, or so, I can't see how this book could
do anything BUT help me given that there are MANY
more insights from Patrick's own experience/career
assembled all in one book in a logical, easy to
understand method. Thank you, Patrick!!!
It is a very good book.
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