Tom Crown is featured in a new interview in the Chicago Federation of Musicians "Intermezzo" magazine for July/August 2021.

You can download the complete issue here!

Congratulations Tom!!!

3 Trumpets Masking - Sanae Komata, Pedro Henrique, Friedemann Immer
Jay Friedman, Principal Trombonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, visiting to test out new mutes.

A great visit from Roger Ingram 

Our friends at Nonaka Boeki, our distributor of Tom Crown mutes in Japan,  visits the shop to see our new mutes! 

Here are a few pictures inside our new home at 4110 N. Nashville Avenue in Chicago

Join us at the San Antonio ITG CONFERENCE  at the Garden Terrace.  

Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra Trumpets with Gemini mutes for a recent Shostakovich Symphony 7

Matthew Minhyuk KimMatthew Minhyuk Kim

South Korean Trumpeter Matthew Minhyuk Kim is in great demand as an international recitalist, concerto soloist, orchestral trumpeter and clinician.

Jennifer Marotta, 1,000th Facebook Friend

Dear Facebook Friends, as part of our Every 1000th Facebook Friend program, we have rediscovered Facebook Friend number 1000. She is Jennefer Marotta, We have sent her the gift of a Gemini aluminum straight mute.

Jennifer Marotta attended Northwestern and De Paul Universies. She was a member of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band from 2001 to 2005. She has played as a substitute or extra player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco, St. Louis and Atlanta orchestras. She was an assistant professor of trumpet at the Kennesaw State University, (Georgia) and artist in residence at Emory University from 2006 to 2012. She is currently active a a free lance player and teacher in the Los Angeles area.

Jennifer Marotta, our 1000th Facebook Friend, joins Fredeline Parin, our 2000th Facebook Friend, from Manilla, Philippines and AhmadBaset Azizi, our 3000th Facebook Friend. from Kabul. Afganistan. Friend number 4000 will soon be here. Who will it be?

Fredeline Parin, 2,000th Facebook Friend

Hello Facebook friends. I  put a new photo and background on FB in December. Since then we have been inundated with new FB friends. Any guesses why this happened ? When we were approaching 2,000 I decided to give a mute to mr.or ms 2,000. Fredeline Parin was our 2,000th FB friend. He is principal trumpet of the Phillipines Symphony Orchestra and a renouned soloist. Congratulations Fredeline. Your choice, a Gemini all copper straight mute,  will be in the mail tomorrow, in time, I hope, for the PSO performance of I Pini di Roma. Who will be number 3,000 and win a mute.?

Hola, amigos de Facebook. En Diciembre del año pasado, en mi página de Facebook, puse una foto nueva y un trasfondo nuevo. La reacción fue tan fuerte que ahora tenemos mas de 2,000 Facebook Friends. Hemos decidido dar un premio de una sordina al amigo número 2,000. El ganador fue Fredeline Parin, trompeta principal de la Orquesta Filarmonica de Manila y solista reconocido. La sordina eligida por Fredeline fue una Gemini straight toda en cobre. Hemos mandado la sordina hoy, 6 de abril, y esperemos que llegue en tiempo para el próximo concierto de la orquesta interpretando I Pini di Roma.

AhmandBaset Azizi, 3000th Facebook Friend

Dear Facebook friends. As a result of my Every Thousandth Facebook Friend program I have sent AhmadBaset Azizi of Kabul, Afghanistanas, Facebook friend number 3000, a gift of a Gemini straight mute. AhmadBaset  is a young trumpeter, now 16 years old, who has had much success in learning to play the trumpet, in spite of the situation in Afganistan. 

In his words(edited): "Playing music is very difficult in a country like Afghanistan. Many Afghans do not like music or people who play or listen to music.There are groups who would Cut Off The Head of anyone playing or listening to music.I cannot practice at home because the sound is too loud. After graduation I hope I can study outside of Afghanistan, to improve my musical abilities and achieve my goals.

"Ahmad is 1st trumpet in the Afghanistan Wind Ensemble and  has performed at many public functions, including at the French, American, and Swedish embassies and many times for President Ghani of Afghanistan.Since 2013 he has been 1st trumpet of the Afghanistan Symphony Orchestra and has performed at many more concerts and public functions.

His great desire is after high school to study music in Europe or the United States. Anybody with ideas of how to facilitate this desire please contact AhmadBaset Azizi on Facebook or me, Tom Crown, or on Facebook.

Franklin Brooks Carballo, 4000th Facebook Friend

Hello Facebook Friends. Our Facebook Friend number 4000, is Franklin Brooks Carballo. Franklin is Cuban, born in Guantanamo  and a graduate of the Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana, majoring in trumpet performance. He immigrated to Mérida Mexico in 2008. He is active playing with  groups and singers well known in Mexico, and leader of the Kuban Band and the Cotton Club Band. He teaches trumpet at the Centro de Estúdios Musicales de Mérida. He has chosen a Tom Crown all copper  Wah-Wah mute as his prize. Bienvenidos Franklin.

Hola Amigos de Facebook. Nuestro Facebook Friend número 4000 es Franklin Brooks Carballo, de Mérida, México. Franklin nació en  Guantanamo Cuba. Egresó del Instituto Superior de Arte Habana el año 2004, en la especialidad de trompeta. Emigró desde Cuba a México en el año 2008.  En México toca mucho con cantantes y conjuntos bien conocidos  y es director del Kuban Band y Cotton Club Band. .Franklin es profesor de trompeta al Centro de Estudios Musicales de Mérida. Escogió para su premio una sordina Tom Crown Wah-Wah toda en cobre. Bienvenidos Franklin.

Boston Symphony Orchestra trumpet section after a performance of R. Strauss Ein Heldenleben.

 Crown mutes on display.

Right to left.Tom Rolfs (Principal), Ben Wright, Mike Martin, Tom Siders, Michael Dobrinski

Lexington KY Symphony Orchestra with Tom Crown Gemini copper end straight mutes
Lexington KY Symphony Orchestra with Tom Crown Gemini copper end straight mutes

Wes Woolard, Leon Richard, Scott Batchelder, Joseph Van Fleet, & Stephen Campbell (Left to Right)

John HagstromJohn Hagstrom, Second Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has created a 2015 "Trumpets That Work" calendar.

You can order the calendar online at:


Gemini in action. Trumpet section of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Rome, Andrea Lucchi, Principal trumpet (right)


Hâkan Hardenberger contemplating Tom Crown piccolo trumpet wah-wah mute.  

Denis Wick and Tom Crown
Mute Summit at Frankfurter Musikmesse.  Denis Wick and Tom Crown.  3.25.2010.

David Tesa
David Tasa, first trumpet of the Frankfurt Germany Opera Orchestra warming up before
a performance of the Shostakovich 11th Symphony
David Monette C trumpet - Tom Crown TBB All brass straight mute

Picture of Antonio Ruggeri, Ermanno Ottaviani and Andrea Lucchi. Link to larger image 
Photo © Riccardo Musacchio and Flavio Ianniello. 
l. to r. Antonio Ruggeri, Ermanno Ottaviani and Andrea Lucchi [principal].

Trumpet section of L'Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, during rehearsal, Feb.3, 2007. of Fêtes from Nocturnes by Claude Debussy. 
Hear a sound clip from the performance. (54 seconds, 850k download)


Tom Crown with Jens Lindemann

Artist John Armleder has made an installation of Tom Crown mutes which will be exhibited in art museums and galleries in Italy, Germany and Switzerland. He is a member of the Dadadandy group.