Today, I am proud to begin our 25th Anniversary celebration. It was this time in February, 1996 that I began building the very first Harrelson Trumpet, which I will discuss in future posts. There are so many reasons this milestone is important to me. First, there was a very real chance I would not have survived more than a few years after the photo above was taken, in 2002. Second, it seemed everyone in the world belittled my ideas on improving efficiency, adjustability, versatility, and artistic hand (and machine) hybrid craftsmanship. And third, I was seriously considering the pursuit of a very different company (high efficiency automotive drive systems) at the time. Yet, here we are today creating solutions for thousands of brass players around the world!
Join me this year as I reveal my personal journey from being born on a military base in Louisiana, to growing up on the road with amazing parents (who drove semi-trucks for a living). You'll discover a passion for knowledge (and dumb mistakes), dedication to my craft (100,000 hours), heart ache (literally heart attacks), Cobra Kai style school fights (and martial arts discipline), self-taught machining, CAD/CAM, CNC, fabrication, acing the SAT and squeaking into a great college with poor grades to study brass acoustics, trumpet performance, and psychology, nearly losing everything to brain damage, re-learning how to walk, talk, and play trumpet, and much more.
I will be releasing a new blog entry every week throughout 2021 so be sure to bookmark this page!