Bio

PETER J BLUME: Trumpet, Flugelhorn, & sometimes Trombone

Peter has beeSquillante-BW_MG_2903n playing trumpet since the 4th grade & credits his primary musical influences to be his Father (a German-Bavarian Zither player), his 1stTrumpet Teacher (Jules Sposato), & from simply becoming an avid music listener right from the start. During High School–& despite several years of braces, Peter achieved NYSMA Orchestral status & was also selected to the Westchester Youth Symphony under the direction of Victor Leonti.

Peter began playing out at age 18 with an ethnic dance band called The Austrian Boys, & recorded “Noch Ein Mal” (translated: “One More Time”) with them–only just a few short months after an intense rehabilitation for a broken jaw injury. The band typically performed about 80 gigs a year, touring throughout the whole North East. This helped Peter pay for more than half of his entire college tuition.

Peter left the group after 4 years to pursue further music education, including a Classical Trumpet study at the University of Salzburg / Die Mozarteum (Mozart’s Conservatory) under the direction of Prof. Fritz Krammer & with student-teacher Sim Sang Chang. There, almost completely immersed in Classical music, Peter discovered that he also had a significant interest in Jazz music, & upon his return to the States, began a Jazz Improvisation study at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School with Bohdan Sochan (a keyboards teacher). There, Peter formed the 3PM Jazz Quartet with several other of Sochan’s students (Peter Smith-piano, Morgan Smith-bass, & Peter Karp-drums; also with Russell Graham-keyboards, Fumi Tomita-bass & Doug Goldberg-piano) & began cultivating his jazz chops by “wood-shedding” standards, as well as originals (provided by all members of the group), & eventually playing out with this group. Peter continued to perform Classical music, mainly free-lancing in churches & with several area concert bands, most significantly under the direction of Dr. Jerry Sala-clarinet, & Joe “Doc” Albright-trumpet—who had briefly been Peter’s Orchestral Trumpet Studies Teacher also at Hoff-Barthelson. Peter then decided to pursue an even more intense Jazz Improvisation study with Bob Arthurs (trumpet) & Kenny Wessel-guitar (group workshop) at the Westchester Conservatory of Music—with a primary focus & concentration on chord construction & progression, ear training & better feeling jazz (swing) “time”.

Peter joined The Spitzbuam / The Trouble-Makers—an American & ethnic dance band–back in the early 90’s & continues to enjoy performing with this group regularly. He has become the main musical arranger in this group & so far he has recorded “Sechs, Bier und Rockin’ Um-pah” with them. Some highlights with this band (thus far) have been performing for a function at the United Nations, a performance on Ellis Island, performing at Supermodel Heidi Klum’s (1st) wedding, appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America with Bill Evans and live on the plaza at Fox & Friends in NYC (the Fox Network–national broadcast), as well as a performance in NYC’s Central Park for an audience of over 10,000 people.

Peter also joined the re-birthed Pop-Rock group The Cuff Links (touring group) back in year 2000 & recorded, arranged & performed regularly with them, until their demise again in 2012. The Cuff Links had achieved relative fame & success for their 1969 hit ‘Tracy’ which reached #9 status on the Billboard Pop Charts of that same year.

In 2011, Peter also rejoined The Norm Hathaway Big Band & has done several notable performances with them at The Iridium Jazz Club in NYC (longtime home-base to legendary guitarist, Les Paul); in 2012 he also appeared with this band on an episode of NBC’s TV show ‘Saturday Night Live‘ in a pre-recorded digital short commemorating their 100th skit.

As an session musician in-demand, Peter has recorded on many other artists’ projects. Most notably, in 2013 Peter was contracted by Executive-Producer Aaron Accetta to add horns onto the internationally renowned Indi-Rock/Pop group, The American Authors, for the title track of their debut album “Oh, What a Life”.

Peter also occasionally performs with several other local acts, including Eclipse, Kick Start Charlie, Wall Street, Soul’d Again, Rock Culture, Guava Lava, The Joe Battaglia NY Big Band, etc, & Barbara Harris & the Toys (of the 1965 #2 Billboard Hot 100 Pop hit ‘Lover’s Concerto’ based on a J.S. Bach minuet), etc.

For about 10 years Peter served actively on the Faculty of the Westchester Conservatory of Music, as both a trumpet & trombone teacher, & he also taught a brass group workshop there. He also played Lead Trumpet in the WCM Faculty Big Band next to his teacher & mentor, Bob Arthurs, who played Solo Trumpet. Some highlights with this band were a performance with legendary jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli–given at Alice Tully Hall-Lincoln Center, and being the opening act on a few occasions for such legendary & notable jazz performers as Max Roach (drummer), Roy Hargrove (trumpeter), Lionel Hampton (vibes), etc. Peter also briefly re-founded the WCM’s Brass Ensemble (originally known as the Soundview Brass Quintet) which reunited original members Bob Arthurs (Trumpet) & Dolores Beck (French Horn).

Peter continues to compose, arrange & perform many different styles of music for various musical applications / group settings—including A Surreal Trumpet Concerto (currently ‘shelved’ but) still in progress that he began during his stay in Austria.

Wunderbar (Rock Ballad) – from The Spitzbuam’s album “Sechs, Bier, und Rockin’ Um-Pah”, © 1997 (Peter on Flugelhorn solo, song & Horn Arrangement) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  1. Wunderbar (Rock Ballad) – from The Spitzbuam’s album “Sechs, Bier, und Rockin’ Um-Pah”, © 1997 (Peter on Flugelhorn solo, song & Horn Arrangement) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  2. Wunderbar (Rock Ballad) – from The Spitzbuam’s album “Sechs, Bier, und Rockin’ Um-Pah”, © 1997 (Peter on Flugelhorn solo, song & Horn Arrangement) – FULL SOLO // Peter J Blume's Songs
  3. Only Wanna Be With You (Hootie & the Blowfish) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 2 Trumpets, 1 Flugelhorn & 1 Trombone) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  4. Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (CCR–performed by Rod Stewart) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2013; Peter on all horns: 2 Trumpets, 1 Trombone & 1 Trumpet solo) // Peter J Blume - Peter J Blume's Songs
  5. Alexander’s Dream (Drew Davidsen) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2013; Peter on all horns: 2 Trpts, 2 Flugelhorns, 1 Trombone & 1 Trpt fill-solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  6. I Don’t Want to Wait (Paula Cole) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2012; Peter on all horns: 2 Trumpets, 1 Trombone & Trombone fill-solo) // Peter J Blume - Peter J Blume's Songs
  7. Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton–performed by Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 1 Trombone, 2 Flugehorns & Trumpet solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  8. As I Lay Me Down (Sophie B Hawkins) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 3 Flugelhorns, 1 Trombone & Trb solo, & Trpt solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  9. Beautiful in My Eyes (Joshua Kadison) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 2 Flugelhorns & Flugel solo, & 2 Trombones) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  10. Believe (Do You Believe in Life After Love) (Cher) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2012; Peter on all horns: 3 Trumpets & 1 Trombone) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  11. Break Away (Kelly Clarkson) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2012; Peter on all horns: 2 Trumpets & 1 Trombone) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  12. Everyday (Phil Collins) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2013; Peter on all horns: 2 Flugelhorns & 2 Trombones) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  13. Going Coastal (Drew Davidsen) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2012; Peter on all horns: 2 Flugehorns, 1 Trombone & Trumpet solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  14. Knocking on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan–performed by ‘Babyface’) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 2 Trpts, 1 Trombone & Trb solo, Flugelhorn solos) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  15. Rhinestone Cowboy (Glen Campbell) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 3 Flugelhorns & 1 Trombone) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  16. Kiss Me (Sixpence None the Richer) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 1 Trombone & 2 Trumpets) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  17. Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2012; Peter on all horns: 2 Flugelhorns, 1 Trombone & Trombone fill-solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  18. Let’s Party! (Matt Kiamie & the Guava Lava’s) demo version (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2012; Peter on all horns: 3 Trumpets, 1 Trombone, & Trpt & Trb Solos) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  19. Trouble (something wasn’t right…) (American Authors) demo version (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2013; Peter on all horns: 2 Trumpets, 2 Flugelhorns & 1 Trombone) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  20. Things I Wish You Said (Indifferent Matters) demo version (Peter’s Horn Arrangement only © 2018; Peter on all horns: Trumpet, Flugelhorn, & Trombone) // Indifferent Matters - Restless Nights
  21. I Cross My Heart (George Strait) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 1 Trombone & 2 Flugelhorns) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  22. Ob-la-di, Ob-lad-da (Beatles remake) – from The Spitzbuam’s album “Sechs, Bier, und Rockin’ Um-Pah” (Peter on Trumpet-including solo, Trombone; song & horn Arrangement–© 2011) *middle horn soli section borrowed from Paul Simon’s song ‘Late in the Evening’–written by Dave Grusin // Peter J Blume's Songs
  23. You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry remake) – from The Spitzbuam; “Sechs, Bier, und Rockin’ Um-Pah” (Peter on Trumpet & horn Arrangement–© 2011) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  24. Summertime (Gershwin tune) – Yuko Uchida & Friends “Soundbridge at the Wainwright House” (live 5/2003) (Peter on Trumpet-including solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  25. Dolphin Dance (Herbie Hancock tune) – Yuko Uchida & Friends “Soundbridge at the Wainwright House” (live 5/2003) (Peter on Trumpet-including solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  26. Come Together (Beatles remake) Yuko Uchida & Friends “Soundbridge at the Wainwright House” (live) (Peter on Trumpet) // Peter J Blume's Songs