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K&G Artist – Arthur Haecker
Arthur Haecker is currently Professor of Low Brass at Presbyterian College in South Carolina. Prior to his appointment at Presbyterian, he was Principal Trombonist of the Amman Symphony Orchestra, and the Amman National Conservatory’s low brass instructor. Before joining the ASO he enjoyed a successful performing career in the United States, performing with such groups as the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, The Illinois Opera, and the Illinois Symphony. In addition, Arthur has participated in the Hot Springs Music Festival, the Brevard Music Center, and the Southern Illinois Music Festival. He has also shared the stage with artists such as Ray Charles, Arturo Sandoval, Patrick Sheridan, and Christine Brewer. He also performed on the Grammy Award winning recording of William Bolcom’s “Songs for Innocence and Experience.” An accomplished chamber musician, Arthur has been a member of many brass quintets and choirs, including the Aurora Brass, the Converse Brass Quintet, the Arbor Brass, and the Old Capitol Brass. He formerly served on the faculties of Hillsdale College and Millikin University. Arthur received a BM from the Eastman School of Music, a MM from the University of Michigan, a DMA from the University of Iowa, and a Master’s degree in conducting from Winthrop University.
A strong advocate for new music, Arthur has commissioned and premiered over a dozen works for the trombone both as a solo instrument and in chamber music. He has also been a featured soloist with orchestras and bands throughout the United States and the Middle East. Arthur is an artist/clinician for K&G Mouthpieces.
As a conductor Arthur is passionate about the wind music. His interests in this field run from Civil War bands to the commissioning of new works for band.
I’ve had a chance to play on the mouthpieces you sent. You sent me the T5C, the OD, and the OE. Last night I played a jazz big band concert with the OE. It’s really a wonderful mouthpiece. Extremely comfortable, consistent sound throughout the registers, and a nice “pop” to the sound when you want it. As someone who mostly plays tenor trombone I have found it usually takes a few hours on bass before I can get the sound I’m looking for. This does not seem to be the case with the OE. I felt like I could get the sound I wanted as soon as I picked up the horn. The OD was also nice, just a little smaller than my preference.
As far as the T5C the two things that jump out tome is how comfortable it is on the face, and the ease in the high register. Flexibility and articulation is also extremely easy. On Monday I’m playing the Grondahl Concerto with a Wind Ensemble and I’m curious about the projection. The mouthpiece reminds me of a Laskey mouthpiece, but with a much more comfortable rim. All in all an extremely nice product.
In summation the OE is the best bass trombone mouthpiece I’ve ever played. The T5C is great. Really comfortable and easy. These are really wonderful products. I’m proud to be endorsing them. I think they will be very popular here in the USA. I highly recommend them. Cheers!