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The polls are in - here are the Denis Wick Tips Community top picks for summer movies to motivate you!

If you're suffering from a lack of motivation to pick up your horn and practice technique this summer, we suggest popping some popcorn and watching one of these movies to give you the push you need to get back to the practice room!

Meet Denis Wick bass trombone artist, and founding member of trombone quartet Slide Action, Josh Cirtina. Learn about what instrument Josh started his career playing, and how he got to bass trombone, his favorite gear, and more in this Get to Know interview.

Sorry Tuba players - it's nothing personal. In the realm of mouthpiece choice, your favorite tuba player will not be able to help you out, as Nick Hudson learned early on. Read on to find this and the rest of Nick's advice to players looking to find their perfect match in a mouthpiece.

We recently polled the Denis Wick artist group asking who had the oldest mute. What we received were a series mute pictures ranging from just a few years old to over 30 years old, and a variety of stories to go with them. Do you have a mute that has stood the test of time (let us know below!)?

Denis Wick Artist duo Dopey Monkey pull from a variety of musical genres in their many compositions. As such, they need to be able to perform it all! In this Denis Wick quick clinic, Martin and Danielle share some of their favorite practice drills that keep their technique in shape for all their musical challenges.

Meet Jay Jennings, trumpeter for Grammy award winning group Snarky Puppy, composer, and teacher. Learn about Jay's early inspirations, the product that supports his many musical adventures, and insider detail on his newest album that was just released in March 2023.

While every gig has its challenges, the Sunday morning church gig has some unique surprises that you won't find anywhere else. First, the sanctuary where you will be seated is a big echo chamber where the smallest sound carries forever. Sanctuaries can be drafty, be too hot, too cold, have horrible site lines, and a host of other surprises. Pack these supplies to keep you prepared for every scenario at your next church gig.

While we like to define success by the outcome of our goal, it is actually the process that leads to the outcome which truly defines our success. While every goal may have different deliverables along the way, here is some great advice from Denis Wick Artist Aaron Tindall on how to keep in a mindset that breeds success in every event and goal in your life.

The focus of mute usage has shifted from changing dynamics to manipulating the colour of sound in a variety of directions. Composers expect you to use mutes through the full range of a brass instrument, and require an ever growing need for blending with different instruments and effects. With all these challenges in mind, Denis Wick has created a wide variety of mutes to help fill out your colour pallet and get the job done with minimal work for you.

 

Since the straight mute is possibly the most commonly used mute in composition, let’s take a look at the full colour pallet the Denis Wick line offers you.