Mike Vax Signature Artist Trumpet

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Terry Warburton and Mike Vax spent the second week of August 2016 designing and fine tuning the "Vaxinator" signature model trumpet. This medium-large bore (.460") trumpet features a medium-style leadpipe and a lightweight, five-inch, gold brass bell with a standard-flare.

Mike has to play so many different styles, that he needed a horn that was versatile enough to cover many genres of music. The Vaxinator is designed in such a way that it is nimble enough for jazz and lead playing, but is also able to produce the warm sounds sought by symphonic and orchestral players.

Mike Vax exclusively performs on the:
Warburton Vaxinator Signature model trumpet
Warburton CT-33-ML model cornet
Warburton Flugelhorn.

"I have had an amazing week with Terry Warburton and his whole staff. To actually be a part of the design of my new horns and mouthpieces, and to watch the craftsmanship and attention to detail has been a revelation!"
– Mike Vax

Mike Vax is a Warburton Signature Performing Artist. He is also a Summit Records recording artist. Mr. Vax performs exclusively on the Warburton “Vaxinator” model trumpet, Warburton cornets and flugelhorns, and his own signature line of Warburton mouthpieces. He has played lead and solo trumpet with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Clark Terry Big Bad Band, and the U.S. Navy Show Band.

Mike has also performed and/or recorded with such greats as Art Pepper, Gene Krupa, Cab Calloway, Al Grey, Freddy Hubbard, John Handy, Don Ellis, Don Jacoby, Louie Bellson, Joe Williams, Anita O’Day, June Christy, Barbara McNair, the Four Freshmen, The Glenn Miller, Harry James, and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band, and the Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans.

He has appeared as guest lead trumpet and soloist with symphony pops orchestras around the United States, and in Europe, as well as the All-American Collegiate Orchestra at Disneyworld.

As a recording musician, he has performed on more than 75 albums, including 20 under his own name. He is the founder and President of Friends of Big Band Jazz, a 501c3 nonprofit corporation that has given over $60,000 in scholarships to jazz camps, funds to jazz programs in schools, donations to help musicians in need, and a donation to Habitat for Humanity for the Musicians Village in New Orleans. Mike is also founder and director of the Prescott Jazz Summit, an annual jazz festival in Prescott, Arizona.

Currently he is leading his own groups: The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra, The Mike Vax Big Band, The Swing Shift Big Band in Prescott, Arizona, TRPTS (Trumpets), The Great American Jazz Band and the Mike Vax Quintet and Sextet.

Mike has done workshops and concerts in over 3000 high schools, colleges and universities all around the world over the past 47 years. He has presented clinics at many state music conventions including California, Oregon, Washington, Louisiana, Tennessee, Florida, Idaho, Utah, Arkansas, and Texas. Mike as also done clinics at such national conventions as: MENC, International Trumpet Guild, IAJE, JEN and others. He is very active as a clinician and soloist in both the classical and jazz idioms.