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Student Comments

Todd Grady is a graduate of Sonoma State University and a student of Pete's for 2 years

A special thank you goes to my trumpet teacher Pete Estabrook. It has been a rare privilege to study with such a consummate professional as Pete; I am often humbled by his devotion to the trumpet, and to music in general, and hope to emulate his dedication to the craft for years to come.

Laurel Grinnell is a graduate of Sonoma State University and a student of Pete's for 2 years

Thank you so much for transcribing Nick @ Night (by Nicholas Payton) and for helping me prepare music for my recital. You are a very inspiring musician and teacher.

From: Mike McClean (Sonoma State Music Education Major)
Sent: 8/31/11
Subject: Re: Lessons

...trumpet lessons have become my favorite and most beneficial course over the past few years.

From: Justin Bertolini (former Santa Rosa Junior College Student)
Sent: 8/29/11
Subject: Re: Lessons

I just wanted to let you know that I am doing well and that I am still playing trumpet. This fall is my first semester at HSU and I plan to get my degree in music performance. I auditioned for the jazz combos course and for the top jazz band and got into both!!!! I wanted to thank you for the great lessons you gave me that helped me get into these bands. I have been using those thompson exercises you gave me faithfully and I feel a lot more comfortable on my new mouthpiece you sold me. I will keep you updated with my schooling and playing!

From: Trent Eisenberg
Sent: 5/09/11
Subject: Re: Lessons

 I just wanted to thank you so much for all the help and support that you've given me with my audition piece.
 I just got the results today, and I was one of the 2 trumpet players out of 14 to move up to the higher band.
 cannot express my thanks enough, because I'm positive that without your guidance, I wouldn't have done nearly as well as I did in my audition.
 So once again, thank you very, very much.

From: Will Sizo
Sent: 10/06/10
Subject: Re: Alexander Technique video interview on facebook (from the Monette shop)

"Very cool. I've had a couple Alexander lessons here, but I haven't been focusing on it. I always try to have good posture
but this was a great reminder of things that I'd forgotten. Its cleared up a lot of problems in my piccolo playing!"

From: Nicholas Stevens
Sent: 10/06/10
Subject: Re: Me on facebook at the Monette shop

"Cool, man!  Good ideas, simple, and not too much.  Very helpful, actually."

From: Rene Jenkins
Sent: 10/06/10
Subject: Re: Me on facebook at the Monette shop

..would've loved to hear more from you, which I think will be a common desire from others. Your natural teaching abilities shine through, dude.

From: Kyle Thompson
Sent: 10/06/10
Subject: Re: Me on facebook at the Monette shop

How I lucked into having you as a teacher I will never know.  Needless to say, I am grateful. Kyle

From: Harry Marks
Sent: Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Subject: Re: Messiah Performance (Trumpet Shall Sound)

I got a stand-up from Dan and knew that I did well.   Lots of people from the chorus congratulated me and while I was packing up even more people from the audience came up to thank/congratulate me.    This was all a big ego trip for me.  My best effort yet and I have you to thank for my journey over the past several years.    Thanks,   Harry  

From: Dan Hetzer
Sent: Wednesday, December 25, 2008
Subject: Re: Sending you best wishes

Thanks for being supportive and a great teacher in general!

From: Todd Higgins
Sent: Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Subject: Re: Thursday Lesson

I always look forward to my lessons with you. You are such a professional, and I always leave with something new to think about.

From Diane Dai
Sent: Wednesday, December 24, 2008 8:53:27 PM
Subject: Sending you best wishes

Ian is so happy to have you as his trumpet teacher... it's great that he finally finds a music teacher he gets along and enjoys. I never have to force him to practice trumpet once yet.    

From: Alex Stefani
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009
Subject: Re: it worked

...I appreciate our time together, well beyond our musical discussions. 

From: Todd Higgins
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2008
Subject: Re: Tuesday Lesson

Thanks for the work you did with me yesterday. I really needed to take a step back and get back to basics. I like the idea of not worrying about breaking a habit, but learning how to deal with it better. Thanks also for sending me the revised practice list.

From: Will Sizoo
Sent: Sunday, July l6, 2008
Subject: Re: Trumpet Lessons

I just wanted to thank you for being my teacher. You made me appreciate music and want to continue playing.

From: Hannah Manfredi
Sent: Tuesday, April 6, 2008
Subject: Re: Trumpet Lessons

...thank you for the thoughtful mentoring over the past year and a half. For me, the trumpet and jazz have been a solid musical foundation and
bridge to my voice. All of your guidance has been crucial for my development and I have really enjoyed working with you.

From: Todd Higgins
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Subject: Re: Thursday Lesson

I just wanted to say thanks for working with me on the piccolo stuff on Thursday. Sunday ended up coming off really well, and the picc. made playing those descants MUCH easier!

From: William Ewald
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Subject: Newsletter

Hi Pete,

I have been studying your August Newsletter and found it to be very informative. I want to take a moment to congratulate you on your work. I have not come across any music teacher during my long “career” of learning a musical instrument who has been as diligent and meticulous as you are. You truly have the progress of your students at heart. I am very happy to be a student of yours and it gives me great pleasure to learn to play the trumpet under your direction.

Kind regards,

William Ewald.

From: Kaufman
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2007
Subject: Paul Kaufman

Hi Pete, Thanks for the message you left... Paul is really enjoying his time with you.

From: will sizoo
Sent: Friday, September 15, 2006
Subject: MHS chair placement

Hi Pete, Just wanted to let you know that I made 1st chair in Symphonic Band. Having lessons with you has definitely helped.  

From: arlene miller
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Subject: Jazz Improvisaton

Hi Pete - Just want to thank you for a great Jazz Improvisation class! I have enough to practice to keep me busy for a long time -- and I really learned "a lot" (I tell my students never to use those words!) You are a great teacher; I like how organized you are.

From: Laura Johnson
Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Subject: Jazz E.C. hints the way, I am really enjoying the (Jazz Appreciation) class

From: Scott Henry
Sent: Monday, April 18, 2005
Subject: Thanks for the help!
Pete, That was a very productive consultation and I'm already feeling more confident about the direction to take.

From: Rene Burnette
Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2004
Subject: Jazz Appreciation

...I regret not attending class (last week due to a work conflict) as I enjoy the lectures and I am learning a lot more about jazz. Thanks for your enthusiasm on the subject, which makes for an engaging class experience for me.

From: Al Rathwell
Date: Tuesday, June 01, 1999
Subject: buzzing the leadpipe warm-up

I have been buzzing the leadpipe instead of buzzing the mouthpiece as an initial part of my warm-up for ten times at fifteen seconds each and my embouchure seems to be responding much more favorably than before. I am experiencing a much better air stream, control and fluency on the instrument as a result and not to mention the power of the double-high C range! Thanks again, Pete, you are a real credit to your profession!                                                                                                           

From: Jamie Brett (Senior at Maria Carillo High-Nor Cal Honor Band)
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2006
Subject: Lessons

Thank you for teaching me trumpet for the past three years -- you've brought me much farther than where I could have reached on my own.

From: Mary Kruzas
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2000
Subject: Reference Letter

I have had the opportunity to study with many fine teachers over the years, while at the University of Michigan and also in California. Of all the teachers I have ever had the privilege to study with, Mr. Estabrook is certainly one of the most gifted and dedicated. My experience in studying with him has been comparable with the best of the instruction I received at Michigan. I would certainly recommend Mr. Estabrook as an extremely qualified teacher through all college levels.