This Xeno Artist Model 'Chicago' C Trumpet has been completely redesigned from leadpipe to bell to reach unprecedented levels of tonal character and response while still preserving the unique tradition of the original.
Artistic guidance was provided during the design stage by John Hagstrom of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. We focused on achieving the ideal resistance and weight balance, and we re-thought every part of the new Chicago model. We've created an instrument that is not simply easy to play, but also provides a delicate response when playing soft and a powerful presence when playing loud. Every component of the instrument contains the input of artists from around the world, allowing us to create a highly evolved Chicago model.
Developed with John Hagstrom
The consultant for the Chicago model is John Hagstrom, a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and an outstanding soloist. John Hagstrom is a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's famous trumpet section (since 1996). He is also in constant demand as both a trumpet teacher and trumpet soloist around the world. Prior to joining the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, he had been the principal trumpet with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, in Washington, DC. Hagstrom is passionate in his support of music education, and helped to initiate Dream Out Loud, a music education advocacy partnership between the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and the Yamaha Corporation of America. Dream Out Loud offers a variety of resources created for elementary through high school students, their teachers and parents, designed to support every student’s interest in playing an instrument, and providing encouragement through times of challenge. To learn more about Dream Out Loud, visit cso.org/dreamoutloud John Hagstrom has also worked extensively with Yamaha to create several professional trumpet designs in their Chicago Artist Model Series that include top selling Bb and C trumpets. Since its introduction in 2004, the Chicago Artist Model C Trumpet has been the instrument played most often by players winning orchestral positions in major U.S. orchestras. Due to its phenomenal commercial and artistic success worldwide, in 2006 Yamaha selected the Chicago Artist Model C Trumpet to be their 10 millionth instrument ever produced. A native Chicagoan, Hagstrom grew up listening to the CSO. Five years of study at the Eastman School of Music were followed by six years in “The President's Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C., where he spent three of those years as principal trumpet. His many solo appearances with the band included four national concert tours and the Camp David wedding of (Sr.) President Bush's daughter, Dorothy. Recordings featuring John Hagstrom include his performance of the Bellini Oboe Concerto and the Sachse Concertino with the Chicago Brass Choir, and can also be heard as lead trumpet on Daniel Barenboim's recording on the Teldec label entitled Tribute to Ellington. In June of 2006 his first solo CD (with the DePaul University Wind ensemble under the direction of Donald DeRoche) was released on the Albany Records label, about which Time Out Chicago said: “You'd never guess he was a mild-mannered second trumpeter from the hair-raising high notes... or from the way he seamlessly unfurls long lines” (TimeOut.com).