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"On trumpet I’m using a 2D cup with a 9 backbore. That combination gives me a good sound and allows for a good dynamic and tonal range. Intonation on my old Besson compensating euphonium has always been an issue, and the 4GE (Euro shank) corrects these problems more than anything I’ve tried. The 1 ½G is the best bass bone mouthpiece I’ve found, and I no longer compensate for some register changes like on some of my previous choices. I love its compact sound, and it projects very well. I’m using the 26M1 tuba mouthpiece; some of my co-workers have commented favorably on the sound, and ease of low and high range and flexibility are added plusses."

Les Benedict

Les [Benedict] is…a very gifted trombonist who can play in many different styles, wrote The L. A. Jazz Scene. An extremely versatile musician, Les performs on alto, tenor and bass trombones, euphonium and tuba, and various other brass instruments. He has performed and recorded with jazz legends including The Clare Fischer Clarinet Choir as a featured soloist on two CDs. He recorded with Fischer's "Jazz Corps," playing Eb Cornet, Eb flugelhorn, and Eb helicon tuba, covering three octaves of these unusual instruments. He also played lead trombone on Gerald Wilson’s Grammy-nominated "Suite for Monterey," and Buddy Collette’s Grammy-nominated CD Live From The Nation’s Capital, the first such recording authorized by the Library of Congress. Les performed on Joe Zawinul’s Grammy-nominated CD Faces and Places, playing tuba, bass trombone, tenor and alto trombones, marching trombone, alto horn and euphonium.

Les has performed throughout the U.S., Japan, Europe, Canada and Mexico with Frank Sinatra, Gerald Wilson, Tony Bennett, Elvis Presley, Quincy Jones, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and with the Honolulu Symphony and the Honolulu Opera Orchestra. His many credits include movies such as A Soldier’s Story, Rocky, Glory, and The Hunt for Red October. He has recorded with Bette Midler, Prince and Cy Coleman, among others. Les also performed on the first world-wide satellite television broadcast, Elvis Presley's Aloha From Hawaii.

Conrad Herwig, trombone professor at Rutgers University, wrote, "Les Benedict…has taught me most of what I know about playing the trombone." Les received his B.S. in Music Education from Tennessee Tech University and the M.M. in Performance from the University of Hawaii. Les is an active private instructor and has conducted numerous clinics and master classes nationwide. He was on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program and at College of the Canyons in Valencia, CA, and has participated in master classes and recordings at UCLA and USC.

Les discovered Warburton mouthpieces on the recommendation of Bill Hamilton, and has embraced the brand on all his brass instruments. Bill has a good knowledge of the various types and specifications of brass mouthpieces, and has made some very useful suggestions.