This is a terrific new publication about the life and work of the late Arnold Jacobs and will serve as a valuable guide to the developing brass player as well as a refresher read for those already familiar with Jacobs's work. Written by Dr. Gregory B. Irvine—Associate Professor at the University of Prince Edward Island and former Tuba with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra—this work includes interviews with Rex Martin, Vincent Cichowicz, Frank Crisafulli, Edward Kleinhammer, and Dale Clevenger among others.
Irvine explores Jacobs's basic pedagogical concepts paying special attention to their application to all brass instruments. Concepts such as the embouchure, proper respiration, articulation, vowel studies, and posture are covered. With a foreword written by Chuck Daellenbach—Tuba of the Canadian Brass Quintet—first hand accounts of Jacobs’s teaching, and Irvine’s clear and reader friendly writing, this work will prove invaluable for any brass player.