By CURT HARLER
There will be 70 new trumpets and six new Sousaphones when the Blue Band takes the field next year.
“Conn-Selmer made us a deal we couldn’t turn down,” says Dr. Greg Drane, director of athletic bands. Despite some cajoling, he declined to detail the discount the company offered the Blue Band. Suffice it to say, it was big.
The 70 Bach Stradivarius-190S37 Bb trumpets with a .459” medium-large bore were produced at the company’s Cleveland/Eastlake shop. Conn-Selmer had laid off 113 employees in April due to Covid-19.
“Coming out of Covid, they were eager to get their facility up and running again,” Greg explains. The chance to upgrade the trumpet line at a bargain price could not be ignored.
Funds for the purchase came largely from the LEGACY Fund Endowment built by ABBA contributions.