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
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
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
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;
My family 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.
I wholeheartedly recommend
Mr. Jeff Chambers for private music lessons on the instrument/s
of the students choice. Your journey will be worth it.
for Henrik Jul Hansen and Ron Brickman