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Can You Play Trumpet with Braces?

August 10th, 2022 | 1 min read

By Chris Fower

braces close up

I'm sure nearly every brass teacher and conductor has had that sinking feeling when a pupil arrives for their first lesson or rehearsal after having braces fitted.

We all know that the stress and pain of a brace will be worth it for the wearer in the long run but what can we do to help right now? 

Education expert Grant Golding explains his approach and how he has researched the effects of brace-wearing on trumpet playing.

Focusing on the trumpet, not only does Grant suggest mitigations for braces but also how we can turn this often unwelcome development into a positive way to progress your pupils' playing.


In the video Grant included thoughts about:

  • Relaxation
  • Range
  • Mouthpiece pressure
  • Using Brass Gym and Brass Blast UK
  • Flutter tongue exercises
  • Mouthpiece material
  • High notes
  • Downstream and upstream playing

This fascinating and uplifting video focusses on a topic that is discussed far too little. After all, many parents and educators will be wondering if trumpet players can still produce a good sound with braces.

Please watch, enjoy and share with those who might benefit from these insights.

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Chris Fower

As an undergraduate Chris studied Jazz at Leeds College of Music and then became a member of the Advanced Studies, post-graduate performers course at the Royal Academy of Music and Principal Bass Trombone with the European Community Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado. He then spent 25 years as a busy freelance performer based in both London and the North of England working with a wide variety of ensembles and artists, including being a member of Grimethorpe Colliery Band, The British Philharmonic Orchestra, Dame Shirley Bassey’s Orchestra and the Creative Jazz Orchestra.

Alongside this Chris has worked extensively in all areas of music education, latterly as a leading deliverer and trainer in informal, large group practice. This included roles as Leader in Wider Opportunities at Hertfordshire Music Service, Leader of Instrumental Development for Derbyshire City and County Music Partnership and as a face to face trainer on the Trinity Guildhall/Open University “Whole Class Instrumental Learning” national training program.

He became a key member of the team that created pBone, the plastic trombone in 2011/12 and has been involved with pBone Music in various roles since then. Chris is currently the Director of Creativity and Innovation for the company, a role that includes overseeing product development and improvement, quality and education.