Bud Herseth used to refer to me as a greenhorn. I was totally a greenhorn. I didn’t know one side of the trumpet from the other.
In hockey, Wayne Gretsky was known throughout the land as The Great One. In the intense world of orchestral trumpet playing, the Great One can only refer to one person, Mr. Phil Smith. It is an honor and a privilege to feature Phil as our bone2pick artist of the month for February. A true virtuoso and consummate gentleman, Phil sits down with Michael to talk about his extraordinary career including how green he was when he arrived at Juilliard, his relationship with Bud Herseth, his triumphal return to New York, a bevy of exquisite Leonard Bernstein stories and his recommendation to young people coming up today. Enjoy this heartfelt, inspiring, informative and candid discussion with The Great One.