is what Educators, Conductors and Students are saying
Lode Friends of Music
P.O. Box 1362 Jackson,
To Whom It May Concern:
It's with the greatest
pleasure that I write this recommendation on behalf of Jeff Chambers.
I have known Jeff now for a few years as principal trumpet player
in the orchestra I conduct in Amador County, the Mother Lode Friends
of Music. I cannot say enough good things about Jeff Chambers
and his trumpet playing.
Jeff has an unusual
kind of musical sensitivity and is a delight to work with and
to listen to. He has a rare talent for sound and for molding sound.
He knows how to brighten his sound in heroic moments as well as
sparkle with lush, shining overtones when he leads the trumpet
section in a symphony. He can also bring out the darker colors
of hidden emotions that leaves one with a deeper, awe-inspired
understanding of the music. He can produce hymn-like feelings
when the score demands it and divulge distinguished, patriotic
sentiments on festive occasions.
His music making can
be luxurious, opulent and glowing and be heard over the full orchestral
sound in one moment, and the most delicate, sensitive, and probing
in the next. His sound as an orchestral soloist is a model in
beauty, polish and cultivation. I have never heard coarse or unrefined
music coming from his trumpet.
His great insights
into sound are matched by his musicality from the classical repertoire,
to Latin rhythms and jazz. In fact, Jeff has an inherent understanding
of musicality that outclasses many of his peers. On many occasions,
I have heard Jeff create musical experiences that leaves you mesmerized,
producing the kind of interpretations that becomes an infinite
highpoint in your memory.
As a personality he
is always respectful towards his fellow musicians and shows the
kind of warmth, sensitivity, and support that gets the best out
of his co-workers. He is a born teacher.
I cannot recommend
Jeff Chambers to you and enough. Anyone who has heard Jeff perform
can most certainly attest to his remarkable musical talents, his
very attractive playing, and his ability to create awe-inspiring
and haunting performances. Jeff is the kind of musician who enriches
people and their community wherever he goes.
If you wish to discuss
this further, please don't hesitate to give me at call.
Henrik Jul Hansen
Lode Friends of Music
P.O. Box 1362 Jackson,
LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
As president of the
Mother Lode Friends of Music, the regional organization of classical
music performance serving the central region of California's Sierra
Nevada foothills, I have had many occasions to work with Jeff
Chambers, trumpet player and teacher.
Jeff has been principal
trumpet in our orchestra for several years. Before he joined the
ensemble, we had to bring in professional players from Stockton
and Sacramento. Jeff is right up there in delivering first-rate
performances, including important solos. Jeff has also joined
us in chamber ensembles, always performing with great reliability
and artistry. He is equally proficient in classical and jazz styles.
Our organization sponsors
every two years a competition of young musicians through high
school who reside in El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne
counties. In those years when students of Jeff entered, they were
given special commendation, against a very tough field covering
all instruments and voice, by a jury of professional-level musicians
that have included, through the years, Peter Jaffe, conductor
of the Stockton Symphony, and Roman Fukshansky, professor at the
San Francisco Conservatory. From our organization's point of view,
it is clear that Jeff is the premier instructor on the trumpet
in the foothills region.
Jeff Chambers: Musician and Educator
If you are looking
for a teacher for yourself or your child, please consider Jeff
Chambers. As a conductor and music educator, Jeff Chambers is
one of the most professional and talented human beings I have
met in my career. As a musician he is always prepared and holds
himself to a higher standard. His dedication to his craft comes
across in his music, his rehearsal capabilities, and his uplifting
and consistent performances. He is one of the few musicians I
know that holds his students to the same expectations that he
expects of himself. These expectations are what lead his students
toward becoming fine and professional musicians themselves. Students
of Jeff Chambers will leave his studio completely prepared to
take on the challenges of and achievements of a musical life.
Musician- Educator- Conductor
Ms. Sleigh holds degrees in Music Education and Conducting. She
is currently a guest conductor with the Amador County Concert
Band, an active musician and educator in the Amador County Unified
To whom it may concern,
This letter serves to recommend Jeff Chambers for employment in the
position of music teacher. I studied music under him for over four
years at Pick Up the Baton, a music program he helped put together and
where I first took up music.
Jeff Chambers is one of the finest music teachers I have ever had in my
eight plus years of study. He was in fact the first music teacher that
I ever studied under, and he taught me with patience and gentle
persistence, gradually helping me to develop my skills at the clarinet
and general music theory.
Pick Up the Baton is still probably the best music group I have ever
had the privilege of playing with;it was certainly the most enjoyable.
Jeff is one of the founders of the group, and I must say both Jeff and
Pick Up the Baton really set the bar high. Music is obviously something
that not everyone takes too, in talent or enjoyment. Both Jeff and his
brother, Steve, knew how to help people improve and better their
skill-set rather than chastising them like so many music teachers do.
If myself or any other participant had trouble getting this note or
playing that rhythm, we could always count on Jeff to help us figure it
out. He was always calm as well. I don't believe that I ever saw him
visibly upset for any reason in the entire time that I knew him. He
would be visibly proud of us after we would perform and do well. That,
in my opinion, is something essential in a teacher of any kind:
absolutely vital in a music teacher.
Jeff Chambers is one of the best music teachers I have ever known. It
was truly a pleasure to study under him. He is patient, kind, and proud
of his pupils.
I believe that anyone who would employ him as a music teacher would
truly not regret it.
My name is Benjamin W. I am currently a 15
year old flutist, and more importantly, a former student of Jeff
Chambers, whom used to give me private lessons back when I was in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade.
Let me start by saying that Jeff Chambers
is indeed a very outstanding music teacher. He is very patient,
understanding, guiding, inspiring, and several
other positive adjectives. I myself used to be a somewhat troubled
musician when I started because it was hard overall to be able to play well.
When I was told that I was going to be given private lessons on flute,
I was confident that I wasn't going to like it and probably wouldn't be
very good at it, but when I was given Mr. Chambers as my teacher, he
helped for a long time, and due to his qualities and his marvelous
teaching abilities, I became a very good player, I am currently in high
school and section leader in band. I have also been accepted to
several honor bands.
Mr. Chambers is an excellent and very
connecting music teacher. I would highly recommended him to anyone
wanting to advance their skills in a positive environment.
Thank you for your time and attention, and have a wonderful day
To whom it may concern;
took private music lessons for several years with Jeff
Chambers. His great love of music coupled with his talent for
inspiring new, and advanced students, young and not so young, to
embrace the journey of becoming musicians was highly effective.
His methods included theory, band, performance, both in the band,
duets, and solo work. They also included the proper way to practice
using breath control techniques, embouchure development, perfection of
tone, sight reading and precise rhythm. He also taught us
how to be professionals in our attempts with practice, and
performance. He introduced us to a wide variety of genres both to
enjoy listening too and playing.
wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Jeff Chambers for private music lessons on
the instrument/s of the students choice. Your journey will be
for Henrik Jul Hansen and Ron Brickman