"Bill Carmichael is a breath of fresh
'musical' air. He instructed my trumpet section at band camp
this past summer and it was a remarkable experience for both
myself and my students. His playing ability and energy level
were incredibly intense. He kept the students motivated in
the heat of the sun with his quick-witted humor as he
strengthened their sound and endurance in just two weeks
time! The students adored him and are still talking about
him to this day. Several of the students decided to study
with him privately to correct any embouchure difficulties
that they had been experiencing. Bill Carmichael is
passionate, congenial and professional man who emanates
these qualities in all that he does. I would highly recommend Bill to any
marching band that wishes to take their trumpet section to
'the next level' of musicality."
Angela Abadilla Guzzi
Band Director Schenely High School
Bill's clinics aren't simply about watching him play high notes. The clinics cover proper breathing,
air control, flexibility/fluidity, how to set your chops, and
how to develop the proper embouchure to get more endurance
in all registers, along with an open sound, while
still being able to play clean, clear pianissimo passages in the
low and middle registers.
A clinic will run about 4-5 hours. The first couple of hours
of the clinic will be a group session, followed by smaller
break-out sessions that are more individualized. Additionally,
Bill will make himself available for impromptu 1-hour private
lessons immediately following the clinic or for the following
day. It makes for a full day, but it is very rewarding and a lot
of fun for everyone involved.
Bill's teaching style and approach are very comforting and
assuring. Nobody needs to fear that they will be embarrassed in
front of others. When it comes to the new method,
almost everybody will essentially be a beginner.
The clinics are great for trumpet players at every level-
beginner, intermediate, advanced, and come-back players. To
ensure everyone gets most out of the clinic, they are usually
limited to about 30 players. Larger groups can be accommodated.
Contact Bill for more information on how to have a clinic in
your city. For coordinating the clinic, Bill will give you an Intensive Private Lesson while
he's in town.