Paul Baker of North Bay approached us about giving a masterclass for local brass players while we were in town. This is a true passion for each member of TNB to participate in, so we were thrilled to be asked. I must say, a lot of planning, advertising and organizing went on to make this happen by Paul and Darren Denomme. Alison Denomme is the music director at Mother St. Bride School and also Principal Trumpet of the NBSO. What a team! Over 34 brass players arrived at 10:30 am Sunday morning to have some TNB fun. I led the proceedings with an intention for the class: To inspire and share ideas on effortless sound production. We chose to focus just on sound for our 2 hour class. It is impossible to cover too many topics and sound is the essential for anyone’s playing ease and enjoyment. Also, a great sound means you are breathing and supporting the air properly, it is the basis of great technique and the best vehicle for great music making. Every great player focuses on sound production first thing in the day.