BfB News: 2018-19 Overview

Welcome Back!

It's been a busy year for BfB. Highlights include:

  • Final concert at the Royal Academy of Music, London, featuring the Wallace Collection's "Discovering Brass" program supported by the London Music Fund. March 8th, 2018
  • Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL. Chris Hasselbring & Kirsty Montgomery presenting “The Natural Trumpet: Why Bother?" and “Around the World in Twenty-One Trumpets: A Brass Odyssey." March 22, 2018.
  • Vandercook College of Music, Chicago, IL. Chris Hasselbring & Kirsty Montgomery presenting “Using the Natural Trumpet and Interdisciplinary Methodology to Teach Beginning Brass Students." July 3rd, 2018.
  • Covenant Village, Northbrook, IL. Chris Hasselbring & Kirsty Montgomery presenting “Around the World in Twenty-One Trumpets: A Brass Odyssey." Sept. 21st, 2018.
  • Three new general music programs initiated at Carl Von Linne (Chicago Public Schools), Willard, and Dawes (Evanston public schools). September 2018.
  • Wisconsin State Music Conference, Madison, WI. October 24-27, 2018.
BfB in the Classroom
BfB educators from Chicago and Evanston, IL: Shemeka Nash, Kirsty Montgomery,
Chris Hasselbring, Stephanie Abudayeh, Colleen Scampini, and Arturo Fuerte
Students from Havering, Brent, Barking & Dagenham Music Hubs
performing with the Wallace Collection at the Royal Academy of Music in London

In the News!

Articles & Publications

Hear Ragnar at the Morris Museum!

Ragnar's story, narrated by British actor Karl Davies, can be heard at the Morris Museum exhibit, "Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful: Treasures from the National Music Museum" Morristown, NJ. October 2018 - March 2019. (The BfB Natural Trumpet™ and Around The World in Twenty-One Trumpets student books are available for purchase at the Museum Shop for the duration of the exhibition.) 

Product Updates:

New BfB Natural Trumpet™ and BfB Baroque™ Instruments released in 2018! Click on links to learn more and see demo videos. 


Ragnar on Tour 2018-19!
See us in action this coming year:

  • Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Chicago, IL. December 19-22, 2018
  • ILMEC (Illinois Music Educator's Conference), Peoria, IL. January 25-27, 2019
  • TMEA (Texas Music Education Association) Clinic/Convention, San Antonio, TX. Chris Hasselbring & Kirsty Montgomery presenting “Brass for General Music: An Interdisciplinary Method" Feb. 15th, 2019.
  • Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL. Chris Hasselbring & Kirsty Montgomery presenting “Around the World in Twenty-One Trumpets: A Brass Odyssey" and “The Natural Trumpet: Why Bother?" March 22nd, 2019
  • 44th Annual ITG (International Trumpet Guild) Conference, Miami, FL. Chris Hasselbring & Kirsty Montgomery presenting “A Brass Odyssey: Using the Natural Trumpet and the History of Lip-blown Instruments to Teach Beginners." July 9-13, 2019