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VIDEOS: Phil Smith Memory Lane

Posted July 03, 2014

Retiring Philharmonic Principal Trumpet Philip Smith is world-renowned not only for his lyrical, soaring sound, but also for his kind collegiality, masterful teaching, and inspiring influence — as both a musician and role model for living a good life. His colleagues around the country sent us video postcards of their favorite Phil memories.

Make your own Phil Smith memories this Saturday at the celebratory concert honoring Phil Smith July 5 at 2:00 p.m. (Student Rush available.) Be prepared for some surprises.

Jazz trumpeter Vincent DiMartino shares his favorite memory of Phil Smith — calm, cool, collected, and the ultimate colleague.

Hunter Eberly, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpet, shares his favorite Phil Smith memories — from his well-loved copies of Phil Smith's orchestral excerpts CD, to his two-and-a-half-hour drive to see Phil teach a masterclass.

Trumpeter/composer/arranger Brandon Ridenour, formerly of Canadian Brass, finally gets a chance to ask Phil Smith, his favorite orchestral trumpeter, a question he's been meaning to ask for years. In the meantime he shares a (probably) heartwarming story and reflects on what makes Phil great.