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"Terry Warburton has a longstanding reputation for producing some of the best mouthpieces in the industry. That's why I consulted with Terry to design a mouthpiece to suit my needs. Having the right equipment is essential for performing up to the expectations of big band and modern commercial music. I needed an efficient lead trumpet mouthpiece with a solid low register, easily playable up to double C, capable of sizzling over a big band, and having great articulation response. With Terry's mouthpiece, I no longer have to sacrifice solid articulation and low register tone quality for range and endurance. This mouthpiece offers a great sounding low register, a powerful focused upper register with minimal effort, and a more precise articulation than most traditional lead trumpet mouthpieces. It was a pleasure collaborating with both Terry  Warburton and Ken Titmus to create this awesome mouthpiece."

Ryan Chapman

Top: RC V2A 30 throat
Backbore: NY with 30 throat

Terry Warburton and Ryan Chapman

Ryan Chapman, originally from Montgomery, Alabama, is a professional trumpet player and educator living in Miami and working on a doctorate of musical arts in the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

Ryan began his career performing on cruise ships for Carnival Cruise Lines for five years and then went back to school to acquire a master's degree in music education from Auburn University. While teaching elementary through high school band in Alabama for three years, he began gigging in Atlanta and eventually moved. While living in Atlanta, Ryan performed with the Joe Gransden Big Band, Jazz Orchestra Atlanta, Atlanta Superband, and started his own big band, along with bass trombonist Major Bailey, called Drive-By Big Band.

Upon moving to Miami, Ryan and Major also started Drive-By Big Band Miami that consists of professional players from the South Florida area. Ryan also performs with the Frost School of Music Concert Jazz Band at the University of Miami as well as the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and many other groups in the South Florida area. 

Ryan has performed with the following groups: South Florida Jazz Orchestra, Harry James Orchestra (Fred Radke), Glenn Miller Orchestra (Larry O’Brien), Peter Graves Orchestra, Tempest Little Big Band, The Impressions, Tierra Cali (Mexican Pop sensation), Mercury Orkestar, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and many others.

Ryan has also performed with the following artists: Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Liebman, George Benson, Paul Anka, Take 6, Idina Menzel, Gordon Goodwin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nestor Torres, Kenny Loggins, Brian Lynch, Terence Blanchard, Terell Stafford, Michael Feinstein,  Shirley Jones, Lenny White, Dave Gruisin, Freddie Cole, Eddie Gomez, Vincent DiMartino, Monica Mancini, Dave Douglas, Annie Sellick, the New York Voices, and many others.

You can check out Ryan's lead trumpet playing on George Benson's newly released album "Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat "King" Cole" on Concord and on an album for Steve Miller entitled "Out of This World" on Blue Note Records that will tentatively be released in the Spring of  2014.

Ryan has also performed for a PBS television special, "Jazz and the Philharmonic," playing lead trumpet in the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra backing up Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Terence Blanchard, Shelly Berg, Eric Owens, and Elizabeth Joy Roe that will be premiered on PBS in January of 2014.