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DAILY STUFF for Trumpet by Don Owen
The Special 50th Anniversary Edition
Everything you need in one book to develop and
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highest levels, no matter what styles you play.
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Here's just a short bio of Don Owen:
The Florida Orchestra - 1964-2008 (Principal
Arkansas State Symphony -
1960-1964 (Principal Trumpet)
Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas - 1959-1963
University of South
Florida - 1964-2002 (Trumpet, Professor
Arkansas Tech University -
1960-1963 (Professor of Trumpet and Brass)
Killeen, Texas High School - 1963-1964 (Brass
Studied trumpet with:
Haynie, University of North Texas
Fred Mende, Charlotte
Symphony/Grant Park Symphony (Chicago)
Charles Gallagher, National Symphony Orchestra
Samuel Adler, University of North Texas
Gastonia High School -
Stetson University - B.M. 1959
University of North Texas - M.M. Trumpet
Additional study: University
of North Texas - Theory/Composition 1960-1963
Comments from people who've studied and
played with Don Owen over his 50 year career of
playing professionally and teaching many of
today's finest trumpet players and mentoring
many others through his life example...
Knowing Don Owen was a life-changing experience
for me. He was and still is an inspiration. And
Don was also a wonderful mentor. He pushed me
and other students into the real world by
booking us on gigs with name entertainers--John
Davidson, Ed McMahon and others. What an
opportunity that was for a college student! It
has been so great to hook up again with Don on
social media. He looks younger than I do. ...
Don and I talked in our
lessons about more than just trumpet playing,
and I apply his "sayings" all the time. For
example, Don used to say things like "The
Chinese have been right for centuries...it all
comes down to balance." I see that all around in
life and think of Don.
But he also knew when to laugh. I remember
asking him in my freshman year, "I have a high
passage in this piece and I need help on playing
it without cracking." I was a naive freshman and
was hoping to get some magic answer or trick
from the master.
He replied, "Are you religious at all? Pray!"
I loved that about Don. He had a sense of humor
and he was intellectual, which I always
appreciated. We would talk about everything from
Science to Philosophy. During one of these chats
Don once said, "This isn't doing a whole hell of
a lot for your trumpet playing but is
I wrote a trumpet method as a complete joke
called "The All-Pressure System" and he embraced
it, because he got the joke. And he would just
shake his head when I would admit I listened to
Al Hirt more than Bud Herseth. But the reason I
know that a Lombardic Rhythm is a Scotch Snap is
from one of our lessons... and when Don hears
that, he will probably say another one of his
favorite quotes... "See, I am a celebrated
I think VERY fondly of those times in our
trumpet lessons and think of Don often.
County Public Schools
was a student of Don Owen at Arkansas Tech,
before he came to Florida. We have been in
communication in recent years, and he attended
festivities associated with my retirement from
Arkansas Tech University in 2008. His influence
established my going through fundamentals EVERY
day. That makes sense to the developing player,
but this proved invaluable as I aged and
developed neurological problems.
Low Brass/ Department Head
LOVE Don!!! He is one of the people that
impacted me most as a musician and person. One
of the great things I learned from Don is to
"deal with it!!!" It doesn't matter what the
musical situation is or what the environment is
like...you go out and you do your thing. Also,
his love of life and the joy with which he
approached his playing and teaching was hugely
influential on me. These are just two of the
things that have impacted me both personally and
I am so proud to have
been one of Don's students and I'm even more
proud to call him my friend....even if he did
refer to me as Opie for the majority of my adult
Love ya Don,
Professor, Director of Jazz Studies, Jazz
I was a student at USF during Don Owen's
time at USF. I looked up to him because of his
strong personality combined with his humor and
musicianship. He seemed liked the epitome of
professionalism and even though we didn't have a
lot of direct contact with classes, etc., his
presence couldn't help but be felt. I attended a
lot of his Florida Orchestra concerts hearing a
lot of music for the first time. He was a
After being away from Florida for graduate
school, then husband John's 1st playing job, we
returned and I began to play more professionally
myself with the Florida Orchestra. Don made me
feel part of their orchestra family and never
made me feel like a student, even though I was a
newbie there. I always enjoyed his comments
during the rehearsal. His strong personality
always came through.
Probably the story I most remember is not at the
orchestra, but when he called our house looking
for John. My mom answered the phone. He asked
John to call and that he was Don Owen (her son,
my brother's name is Jon Owen.....she thought it
was him). She said something like "Okay, well,
don't you want to talk to me?" and that she
didn't understand it. He paused and didn't
exactly know what to say...something very
unusual for Don Owen. It was uncomfortable for a
little bit until they figured out the
misunderstanding. From then on, I called him Jon
Owen and we got a lot of laughs about it.
Carmen Newell Bannon
about Don Owen? You've got to be kidding me.
There are too many to tell and I won't!!!
I will say: "When I look back at all the
outstanding trumpet students that came out of
USF during his tenure, he had to have been a
very outstanding teacher." For that alone, I
will always say "Thank you".
Professor of Music (Percussion)
University of South Florida
I was always impressed by Don's sound.
I would walk into his studio every week,
play my lesson materials for him and then he
would grab his trumpet from its stand on his
desk and put his lips up to the mouthpiece and
let loose with the most amazingly pure and
energy-filled sound I had ever heard while
demonstrating what the etude should SOUND like.
His sound wasn't harsh, it wasn't brassy or
raspy... it was just BIG and round...and had
that WOW factor to it!
But what really
got me was that the bones in my ears would
rattle from the raw energy of his sound. I
didn't hear this in his tone, but the actually
rattle was in my ear bones!
It was a very
intense sound to say the least and a model, that
to this day, I try to achieve.
dogs begin to howl when I practice, I know I'm
getting close :-)
kept up with Don throughout the years mostly at
All-State FMEA Convention in Tampa every
January. We would always run into each other at
the Exhibition Hall up stairs at the conference.
Don has always been a major mentor for
me as a person and as a professional musician
throughout all my life since I first met him
when he came to play a solo with the Manatee Jr.
College band. Our band director Dick Quarmby,
asked Don to play a solo with us to make us
aware of the fine music program at the
University of South Florida. He sure made an
impression on me with his beautiful tone and
precise technique. I knew immediately that I
would study with him and it would be the basis
for my musical career.
In music, I knew I
would be a player and go on the road after
college. I got my band director degree but I
knew I wasn’t destined to be a high school band
director. I was unlike all of his other trumpet
students because I was also a full time
professional drummer with a top forty band in
Sarasota that played 6 nights a week in a bar.
That is how I paid my tuition to USF. So I
played trumpet all day in Tampa at school and
then played drums all night in a bar band.
What a life!
Don was the man who
showed me how to be a pro musician as well as a
college student. He knew I was devoted to both
instruments and I was the only person at school
that was asked to play drums in the jazz band
that wasn’t a percussion major and who was 1st
trumpet in the concert band at the same time.
Don believed in me and helped me to
further my career on both instruments. He helped
me get a grip on the legit side of trumpet
playing and music in general. He even got me
hired to 3rd chair trumpet in the Florida
Orchestra for two seasons so I could know what
it was like to play in a real orchestra.
Sometimes I think If I had never studied
with Don Owen and had the relationship I did
with him, I would have never got to be the
player I am today and person I am today!! Thank
so much Don, you saved my life personally
and professionally more than a few times in the
last 40 years or so. I would have never had the
first touring gig I did with Mac Frampton if it
wasn’t for him.
A year ago on January
15th my daughter lost her life in a car accident
and as you can imagine I was at the lowest I
have ever been in my life Don came to the
viewing and had known my daughter Gina and her
mother. He told me not to worry Lenny, I got
your back! Well Don, I can’t tell you how much
you have meant to me that night and really all
my adult life.
You have always had my
back... God Bless You Don!
Professional Musician and Teacher
Don recruiting me to USF
was a defining moment in my life that
subsequently lead to many adventures in music
and in life. And I have 45 plus years of stories
that would require a separate publication. Let's
just say that I am forever grateful to Don for
having faith in me.
A story... after a
tough wind ensemble rehearsal I went to Don's
studio and said I have this very difficult piece
that we are working on with high Ds all over the
place. Do you have any advice that will help me?
And in a typical and matter of fact way
he responded, "Get used to it!"
always had a practical approach to solving any
I have been using Don's
"Daily Routine" in his original manuscript since
1967 which has evolved over the years into his
"Daily Stuff" ... so I'm very happy that it will
be published again. I need a new copy (smile).
Lyman A. Brodie
Don Owen was a great teacher for me. He
taught me many things about the trumpet, and
life in general really, as I watched and
listened to him thru-out my college days.
One thing I really appreciated, and always
remembered, was that one night, right after I
had graduated, I had formed a working night club
band that played nightly right down the street
from the college. One night, Don and a few other
members of the faculty, surprised me, and
stopped in to hear a few sets! I was really
honored that they even remembered, or cared
enough, to bother coming to hear the group. It
really wasn’t their preference of music, pop,
rock and top 40, but they came anyway, and
really showed a side of themselves to me that I
never knew was there.
I thought most of
us were just one of too many to count and
support really, but Don did for me, especially
that night. He seemed to be rough on most of my
fellow trumpet guys, but I always tried to
please him, and come back to my lesson time
having done everything he asked me to do. It
wasn’t easy or perfect, but I did try hard.
Don was good to me and supported me, and I
have always remembered that and tried to pass it
on to others whenever I could.
Don, for being a great mentor for me and helping
me continue to persevere through the struggles
of playing a trumpet! You can’t be a quitter
because playing the trumpet is a life-long
endeavor, that’s for sure.
I believe I
heard Don say that... more than once!
Director Of Music Ministries
First United Methodist Church Brandon
Don Owen was always at
the music department and helped me personally
through sticking out my undergraduate studies
all while the oboe studio professor was a
revolving door. I owe my Bachelors degree to Don
Owen and Ralph Froelich. Without them I would
have gone and finished up somewhere else. They
were my counselors and idols throughout that
entire process of getting a new professor and
then another and another. With each seemed to
come a more interesting assortment of oboe-istic
University of South Florida
I remember when I was a
student at USF and Don and I had a disagreement.
He became angry and chewed me out pretty good,
but later that day he called me and apologized.
It meant a lot to me and we were able to iron
out our differences. I remembered that day
throughout my teaching career. There were times
I would have a disagreement with a student and
lose my temper, but I would apologize and then
we were able to work it out.
for teaching me a valuable lesson in dealing
Bruce A. Brazinski
Retired Music Educator
One week while studying trumpet with
Don, I just plain ol' didn't practice or prepare
for it at all. But I went into my lesson, played
a few notes to get things moving, and Don then
opened the door and walked in and said, "Okay,
let's hear what you got for me this week
Well, I began playing one of
the assigned etudes that I hadn't practiced at
all the past week. I got about half way through
it and Don leans forward from his chair while
I'm playing and closes the book.
thing I hear is him saying as he stands up,
"Mark, I'm going to go to the break room and
have a cup of coffee for the next 50 minutes,
see ya next week" ... then he walks out of his
studio and shuts the door behind him leaving me
there to let what happened in those few minutes
sink in deep.
That was one of the best
trumpet and LIFE lessons I ever got.
(I tend to remember those kind of kicks in the
backside for a long time)
you've been a mentor to me in more ways than
you'll ever know.
favorite story is his response to Irwin Hoffman
(retired Florida Orchestra conductor) when asked
whether he was playing a D or Eb trumpet.
Don shoved the trumpet behind the lapel of
his sport coat and said, "You tell ME!"
Don seemed to delight
in goading conductors, particularly those who
were susceptible to the temptation. He helped me
personally by being a simple professional
example. I was only his formal student in a very
minor way, one quarter of secondary trumpet
lessons. At which I existentially, if not
The Florida Orchestra
St. Petersburg, FL
from my experience with Don (there are MANY
My first lesson of my
freshman year. I could play decently but for
some reason never learned how to pivot my
embouchure properly when navigating intervals. I
would rock my head north and south to do so. Don
puts some etude or something up on the stand and
says "play." So I do.
were some intervals involved along the way and I
used my usual method (of which I did not even
know I was doing) to play.
I stand and he
moves my chair up against the wall. I'm sure
everyone recalls those walls were solid block.
Don says "Sit.........play!"
I play and eventually cracked my head on the
wall at the point where the intervals took over.
Don says, "HA....you won't do that
anymore, will ya?!"
As I'm rubbing my
head, I respond "No, but can you show me how to
I will never forget that
first lesson for as long as I live.
second story occurred my sophomore year. I was
in a bad car accident during the summer and
spent three weeks in traction. Naturally I lost
my embouchure during that time. It was so
difficult to learn how to play again. Very
depressing as I could do very little and didn't
have any endurance either.
I must admit,
my lack of perseverance was deterred from the
frustration, therefore it took me until
somewhere in mid-October to get back in shape.
Don was very understanding, to the point
of it being a fault. He would say "Ball, come in
here with SOMETHING to play next week." The next
week I would try my best only for both of us
giving up within 15 minutes.
week Don says "Ball, this has to be the last
week of this type of lesson. We have to move on
and you need to get in the practice room and get
back in shape."
Same thing occurred.
I thought... I must do something different
since the lesson won't be any better.
That week I had purchased the latest Richard
Pryor record and my friends and I laughed
ourselves silly over it. I took it with me to
the next lesson - with no trumpet case in hand.
Don sees me sans trumpet and says "Ball,
I told you last week"...
I interrupt and
said, "I have something for you" and proceed to
pull out the Richard Pryor record. He puts it on
his turntable and proceeds over the next 30
minutes to cry himself to death laughing so
Finally he says "Ball, that's the
best damn lesson you've ever had. Can I keep
this album for a couple of days?"
Naturally I said yes.
As I leave his
office, I hear Don leave also, proceed down the
hall and yells "Noel (Stevens, the clarinet
professor at that time) - you've got to hear
Needless to say, another story
I'll never forget.
DeMoulin Bros. & Co.
Don has given me so many opportunities and
had such a profound impact on my life it is
difficult to choose just one story but I think
this may serve to illustrate his humility and
The faculty chamber
players were going to perform
Brandenberg #2. Don was actually quite ill and
was loaded up with antihistamines and
antibiotics. I had a lesson a couple of days
before the performance. On my way out Don said,
"If I blow it don't tell me you were there."
Of course Don played the performance that
many others would have declined due to illness.
It went beautifully and Don had demonstrated a
lot about professionalism and overcoming
These are lessons I will not
forget. Thank you Don for everything.
I proclaim Don Owen an "extraordinary career
enhancer" for the part he played in my life.
In the summer of 1971, Don Owen traced me
down by calling every hotel in Aspen, Colorado
asking if there was a John Smith registered, and
talking to a number of Johns whose real names
were not John Smith. His question was "are you
John Smith the tuba player who studied at
Indiana University (IU)?" This was after calling
IU twice, talking with the Oklahoma City
Symphony management and with my mother in
Bastrop, Louisiana. He finally reached me and
the rest is fantastic history.
never met Don in person, I was nevertheless
appointed to the USF music department in 1972
and for years enjoyed playing with Don in the
faculty brass quintet, teaching tuba, music
theory, and advising half the music majors. But
my ancillary skills caused me later to be
drafted into administrative positions
culminating as Dean of the College of Fine Arts; and
after retirement as a university president.
Without Don's perseverance in hunting me
down in an Aspen hotel, assist and mentor me
through my early USF years, encouragement
through my deaning years, my personal history
would be quite different.
John L. Smith, Jr.
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