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Trumpet - Shane Porter and Chip Crotts of the Tuscaloosa Horns Print E-mail


"For years I have tried a variety of commercial pieces from Marcinkiewicz to Reeves to Schilke. Most recently I switched from a Warburton 6S to the KT top and have had wonderful results. The features of the KT top allowed me to slightly change my approach to playing, which started really paying off after a few weeks.

As a teacher I am always working on having my students try to "roll in" and get more lip in the mouthpiece. The KT is designed to help that aspect work better for you. As a result, my lead playing is more efficient than ever and I am reaching a level of consistency and sound that I had not previously been able to accomplish. Thanks to Terry and Ken for creating a mouthpiece that allows maximum efficiency without sacrificing quality of sound and articulation."

Chip Crotts
Chip Crotts
Dr. Chip Crotts is Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Trumpet at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL. Chip has performed and recorded for the Disney Company since 1995 and has played with artists such as Ray Charles, The Temptations, Manhattan Transfer and Maynard Ferguson. Chip is in frequent demand as a clinician and freelance musician throughout the Southeast and is a first call lead player for many national touring companies and artists. He currently performs with the Night Flight Big Band and as an associate member of The Tuscaloosa Horns, with whom he tours nationally throughout the year.

Shane Porter
Shane Porter

"Over the last year, I've dropped a ton of weight and it has truly affected the way I play. After playing on a 5SV for 13 years, I was forced to make a change because my physical size had changed. The KT Top allows me to have a slightly more cushion for my chops to rest on and helps keep my buzz focused unlike it's ever been before. For the first time in a long time, I've become truly excited again about the results that have been happening with this change. Thanks again!!!!

Oh yeah, I can't forget the PDQ IT'S BAD @$$!!! Easily the fastest and smoothest valve oil I've ever used. The brass players for the Tuscaloosa Horns (Shane Porter, Mart Avant, Chris Gordon, Demondrae Thurman, Chip Crotts) have all been afflicted with happy fingers!"

Shane Porter is the Trumpet Instructor & Jazz Ensemble Director at Alabama State University, graduated in 2002 with a M.S. in Music Education from Troy State University and from the University of Alabama in 1999 with a B.M. in Jazz Composition and Arranging. He has been a performer & clinician in many diverse national and international venues even before graduating high school. His performance career has put him on the stage with some of the world's most famous artists including Stevie Wonder, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, The O'Jays, and most recently, American Idol, Ruben Studdard. Shane is involved with the National Education Association, International Association of Jazz Educators, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society & Phi Mu Alpha Sinphonia National Music Fraternity.