What people are saying:
Review from the International Trumpet Guild Journal, June 2013:
Ben Peterson is a trumpet player and educator based in northern Wisconsin. He was most recently a member of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America and taught trumpet at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL. Peterson has had a sustained interest in elements of scientific inquiry that pertain to trumpet performance. Trumpet Science: Understanding Performance Through Physics, Physiology, and Psychology, is a result of the author distilling and organizing the many thoughts and associations he formed through his passion for both trumpet and the sciences.
As the title suggests, the book is divided into three sections by scientific discipline. Each of these fields is then divided into two halves: the first half presents the scientific fundamental concepts, while the second applies those concepts specifically to trumpet performance. Since scientific equations and explanations won’t be for everyone, the author welcomes readers to skip material they may find dry or tedious. In fact, one could simply read the book by referencing topics of interest listed in the index.
The text boldly attempts to address a wide scope of inquiry, so the author had to refine his material. The physics section explains the scientific underpinnings of the parts of the instrument. The mouthpiece, tubing, valves, bell, and mutes are all discussed here. The physiology section covers bodily processes during trumpet performance, common injuries and their preventative measures, and the benefits of exercise and relaxation. The final section on psychology focuses on cognitive impediments to optimal performance and how to overcome them. Additionally, Trumpet Science is well illustrated with helpful diagrams and pictures.
Peterson has provided us with a book of scientific insight into the playing process. I would recommend this text to any curious trumpeters who want to manage their instrument, body, and mind more effectively. The author has used the principles in this book to become a more efficient, capable and expressive musician. You may just reap the same benefits. (Christopher Heldt, The University of Georgia)