January 2, 2017

Laurie Frink & Brass Pedagogy

The recording of the panel discussion about Laurie Frink and her Brass Pedagogy was released as a “A Noise From The Deep” podcast on Greenleaf Music.

«In this episode four great trumpeters: Nadje Noordhuis, Michael Rodriguez, Dave Ballou and Keyon Harrold, along with myself, discuss their experiences and practices of studying with Laurie Frink! The discussion was recorded at the Festival of New Trumpet Music in NYC on September 25 in front of a live audience. It also includes recordings of Laurie herself playing and talking. This was a great tribute to a great teacher, but also a living demonstration that Laurie’s lessons live on with all of us!» – Dave Douglas

Listen to the complete podcast here:


December 22, 2016

Celebrate, Challenge & Support

Dear Friends,

Each year at FONT Music, we widen our embrace of trumpet artists with emerging voices, pioneering voices, voices that remind us of our histories, and voices that challenge our notion of diversity and ideas of evolution. This year we had a chorus of progressive sound resonating throughout this city and we thank you for joining us for FONT 2016.

Our theme this year was Flexus; a philosophy of music that embraces complete flexibility in musical approach and execution. Flexus represents our belief in constantly emerging forms, and in our need to broaden the understanding of the possibilities of human potential through music. Your support of a tax-deductible donation helps sustain this work – presenting and supporting new ways of thinking about music, life and the world in which we live.

Creative evolution fulfills our highest human potential, and every year we shine a spotlight on some the the brilliant voices that are evolving the trumpet scene today. Thank you to our partners, volunteers, and to all of you who are supporting our efforts to continue giving a voice to this astonishing music community. We’re glad you’re here.

We look forward to seeing you in 2017,

FONT Music

October 17, 2016

Festival 2016 in review

A review in pictures of the 14th edition of our festival

Monday – September 19, 2016
Threes Brewing, Brooklyn

Tuesday – September 20, 2016
Threes Brewing, Brooklyn

Wednesday – September 21, 2016
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

Friday – September 23, 2016
The New School – The Auditorium, Manhattan

Saturday – September 24, 2016
The New School – The Auditorium, Manhattan

Sunday – September 24, 2016
The New School, Manhattan

All pictures by Lukas Frei

October 9, 2016

Thank you for a great Festival!


Thank you for sharing another inspiring year of forward-looking, engaged music making for the trumpet!

Trumpeters Dave Douglas, Stephanie Richards, Marquis Hill, Taylor Ho Bynum, Michael Gurfield, Aaron Shragge and John Blevins all contributed their unique visions to this year’s forward-looking program in venues across New York City.

Thanks to all this year’s musicians for their vision, inspiration and dedication! And thanks to all of our supporters and those who recognize the importance of new creative music for the trumpet. Your donations helped support over 20 performances, workshops and commissions, including a tribute to the always inspiring John McNeil.

Stay tuned for pictures, video and a special podcast from the festival as we share them over the next few months on our blog and social media. Enjoy a sneak peek below of some of the highlights of the last few days of the festival.

September 16, 2016

Festival opens Sept 19

Are you ready?  

Flexus 2016 opens on September 19 and 20 at Threes Brewing and closes on Sunday September 25 with our concert honoring John McNeil with FONT Music’s Award of Recognition. 

Festival Highlights

[button link=””” color=”red”]Get Your Tickets Now![/button]

Just released

New York Times Pick of the Week!

Get A Festival Pass!

Still time to get a Festival Pass for access to all events of the 2016 FONT Music Festival.

September 13, 2016

Honoring John McNeil – Sept 25

Help us honor John McNeil’s contribution to our instrument and community as we present the FONT Music Award Of Recognition, acknowledging McNeil as one of the most original and creative jazz artists in the world today. McNeil’s restless experimentation and stylistic versatility are an apt fit with our mission.

Honoring John McNeil

Sunday, September 25, 5:00 pm, BY DONATION. The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, Room I-202, 55 West 13th Street

  • Anxiety Option (for trumpet, flugelhorn, and electronics). Written and performed by Jeff Beal
  • Presentation of the FONT Music Award of Recognition to John McNeil
  • Presentation of the Laurie Frink Career Grant to Tony Glausi
  • John McNeil and Ensemble: Gary Versace, piano; Jerome Harris, bass; Jay Sawyer, drums. Joined by Tony Glausi and others.

Help FONT Music support a diverse community of emerging artists and creative pioneers by donating to Honoring John McNeil and reserve your spot at this special presentation.

Also please join us for this panel before the performance:

Laurie Frink and Brass Pedagogy

Sunday, September 25, 3:00 pm, Free. The New School, Glass Box Performance Space, Arnhold Hall, 1st floor, 55 West 13th Street
Moderated by Nadje Noordhuis. Panelists include past Laurie Frink students Keyon Harrold, Michael Rodriguez, Dave Ballou, and Dave Douglas.

Festival Pass

Get a FESTIVAL PASS to guarantee a spot at every show at the 2016 Festival.
Only $100
to attend all ticketed events Sept 19-25.

[button link=”″ color=”red”]Buy Now[/button]

Single Event Tickets

The 2016 Festival also features trumpeters Marquis Hill, Theo Croker, Maurice Brown, Jason Palmer, Darren Barrett, Ingrid Jensen, Wadada Leo SmithTaylor Ho Bynum, and more.

[button link=”” color=”red”]Buy Now[/button]

September 8, 2016

Visionaries – Sept 19-20

Get Tickets Now For Two Nights of Visionaries at Threes Brewing

The Festival of New Trumpet Music joins the monthly concert series Music for Wing Walkers with two nights of music that expand the idea of what a trumpet player can do and highlight musical innovation that defies genres.

Visionaries Night 1

September 19 — 8:00 pm
Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street, Brooklyn

Trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis and percussionist James Shipp

Kenny Warren Quartet – Kenny Warren (trumpet), JP Schlegelmilch (piano), Noah Garabedian (bass), Satoshi Takeishi (drums)

Trumpeter Ralph Alessi with the Wing Walker Orchestra

[button link=”” color=”red”]Buy Tickets[/button]

Visionaries Night 2

September 20 — 8:00 pm
Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street, Brooklyn

Aaron Shragge and Eli Asher Trumpet Duo

Shane Endsley Quartet – Shane Endsley (trumpet), Dave Devine (guitar), Greg Garrison (bass), Matt Houston (drums)

Shane Endsley fronts the Wing Walker Orchestra

[button link=”” color=”red”]Buy Tickets[/button]

September 1, 2016

Night of Large Ensembles – Sept 24

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 7pm
The New School, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, New York

Wadada Leo Smith and “Rosa Parks”

Wadada Leo Smith leads the presentation of his composition “Rosa Parks – Oratorio, 6 Songs with Video” performed by a 12-piece ensemble, featuring Ted Daniel, Hugh Ragin, and Graham Haynes. The oratorio is Wadada’s meditation on the Civil Rights movement and through the use of light and video images, it reconnects history with the present.

[button link=”” color=”red”]Buy Tickets[/button]

Taylor Ho Bynum and his PlusTet

Taylor Ho Bynum’s PlusTet is a fifteen-piece ensemble made up of some of his closest collaborators, including Tomeka Reid and Nicole Mitchell. The PlusTet presents Bynum’s unique take on the creative orchestra tradition. This NYC debut of this all-star band celebrates the release of “Enter the PlusTet” (Firehouse 12 Records).

[button link=”” color=”red”]Buy Tickets[/button]

The 2016 Festival of New Trumpet Music also features performances by trumpeters John McNeil, Marquis Hill, Theo Croker, Maurice Brown, Jason Palmer, Darren Barrett, Ingrid Jensen, Shane Endsley, Nadje Noordhuis, Kenny Warren, Ralph Alessi, and many more.
Check out the full schedule for more information and tickets.

August 30, 2016

Thank you!

Thank you very much for your support!

We raised over 4000$ with our crowdfunding campaign to support Marquis Hill’s project «Signatures in Brass». Great to see so many people help making unique projects happen. We can’t wait to hear the new music Marquis is writing for this group featuring Theo Croker, Maurice Brown, Jason Palmer, Darren Barrett and Ingrid Jensen.

Don’t forget to get your tickets for September 21 or 22 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola now!

Wednesday, September 21
Thursday, September 22

August 22, 2016

Research & Development Micro-grant for Stephanie Richards

Our vice president Stephanie Richards is among the grantees of the new Tri-Centric Foundation «Research & Development Micro-grant»

«The idea of the ‘Research & Development Micro-grant’ is to provide a small infusion of capital to support new creative projects: to allow for additional rehearsal or composing time, to supplement funds for a recording or concert or tour, or some other use that can help propel a new idea forwards.»

The other 2016 R&D grantees are Andrew Raffo Dewar, Tomas Fujiwara, Kyoko Kitamura, Tomeka Reid and Katherine Young.

This project is supported by the Friendship Fund,, and the Cultural Development Fund of NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs.