Ernie Hammes

Born: August 18, 1968    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Ernie Hammes

Ernest Hammes is a trumpet instrumentalist born on 18th August 1968 in Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg Grand-Duchy. He began to play trumpet at the Conservatory Esch/Alzette in Luxembourg, then at the Conservatory Metz in France and completed his studies at the Manhattan School of Music, New York. His teachers were Joel Sand, Lew Soloff, Claudio Roditi... As a classical trumpeter he has performed with the BBC Wales Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique Nancy, Kosice Chamber Orchestra, Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Trio project with Paul Mootz and Carlo Hommel performing new works for that ensemble...
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1997 Downbeat Student Music Award for jazz ensemble and big band.
”Ernie is one of the few young musicians of today’s music scene that are very unique because of their versatility. He has great ideas for his jazz playing and on top of that is a wonderful classical soloist. I truly love having Ernie in my band and I believe that he will have a great carreer on his own”

Maynard Ferguson, May 2002

”Ernie Hammes is a very creative jazz musician and a superb classical soloist”

Lew Soloff, January 2000

”Ernie is a first rate trumpet player who covers an awful lot of ground with his playing and writing. Working with him was always a rewarding and highly musical experience. Keep your eyes on this musician”

Bob Mintzer, January 2000

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Principal trumpet of the LUXEMBOURG ARMY CONCERT BAND since 1987. Leader of the ARMY BIG BAND since 1994. Jazz-trumpet teacher at the Echternach music school in Luxembourg.

Ernie plays a Monette B 973 trumpet, a Yamaha 635 ST Fluegelhorn and a Yamaha piccolo-trumpet. For his classical and small-group-jazz work he uses Monette B2, for big band a Monete B6 and for fluegelhorn B1/5 FL mouthpieces.

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