About The Horn Guys

The Horn Guys is a brass instrument specialty company located in Southern California.  Founded by Steve Ferguson in 2000, the goal was to improve the quality of the musical instrument retail environment.  The focus from the beginning was specialty brass instruments and accessories for the high-end enthusiast market.  Through better design, product availability, sales and technical service, many local musicians could be better satisfied without having to resort to impersonal mail order houses.  We moved to the current La Crescenta location in 2004, and doubled the size of the store in late 2006.  Also in 2006, we purchased the Low Brass Werks from Tony Clements, enabling us to enlarge our tuba department and gain import rights to several European brands.  In spring 2010, we opened a second store in the City of Long Beach, to offer a more central location and a larger teaching studio

We try to lead in being a green company.  All lighting is fluorescent for low power usage.  All incoming boxes and packing materials are recycled into outgoing shipments.  We buy only biodegradable packing peanuts, and then only on rare occasions.  All paper is reused or recycled into the City of Glendale recycling program, and aluminum cans are recycled by Robert.  Steve rides a bicycle to the office and to all the local errands, and a daily bonus is paid to any staff member who commutes by bicycle.  All our shopping bags are recycled from other stores.  Our filtered water is delivered by bicycle.

We encourage our clients to recycle any extra packing materials, like packing peanuts, by offering them to your local mailbox & shipping store.  We're positive they'll be grateful.  Any efforts you make to keep materials out of the landfill is worth it.

We also encourage you to buy a cloth shopping bag and bring it with you on all your shopping trips.  Any paper or plastic bag you avoid using is one less to end up in the Pacific Ocean.  We recommend you filter your drinking water or buy it in reusable bottle, rather than buy it in disposable plastic bottles.

 
Steve Ferguson is the brain and creative director of The Horn Guys.  He has been a commercial trombonist in Los Angeles for over 20 years. He specializes in bass trombone, but also doubles on all the low brass instruments, including tenor trombone, tuba, euphonium, bass trumpet, and contrabass trombone. He can occasionally be found with an alto trombone or alto horn as well. After growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Steve moved to Los Angeles where he attended California State University Northridge and the University of Southern California. While in school, he performed with the All-American College Orchestra at Disneyworld, the American Youth Symphony, and the Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles.

Steve has toured with numerous artists, including Paul Anka, Brian Setzer, Doc Severinsen, Bobby Caldwell, Michael Crawford, Shirley Bassey, the Modern Aires, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. He currently freelances in Los Angeles and performs with many orchestras around California, including the Pacific Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, and the San Jose Cleveland Ballet Orchestra.

Steve has performed with such artists such as The Temptations, Rosemary Clooney, Toni Tennille, Dave Brubeck, Freddie Hubbard, Franki Lane, Rob McConnell, Matt Cattingub, Louis Bellson, Ashley Alexander, Roger Williams, Susan Anton, Mary Wilson, and the Pied Pipers. He has recorded with Michael Crawford for Atlantic Records, and on "Cuban Roots Revisited" on Ubiquity Records. He is heard on many jingles and commercials, as well as several big band records by The Southern California Jazz Company and Gary Urwin.

Steve's private teachers include Tony Clements, Bill Booth, Terry Cravens, Jeff Reynolds, and Jim Self.  He is a design and ergonomics consultant to Kanstul Musical Instruments.

Steve's toys:

Horn Mouthpiece
Shires small bore tenor trombone Ferguson 11
Haag Model 33 medium bore trombone Ferguson 1S
Kanstul 1670 bass trombone Ferguson Jeff Reynolds L
Kanstul 1662 bass trombone Ferguson Jeff Reynolds L
Minick 62 bass trombone Ferguson Jeff Reynolds L
Bach 50 bass trombone with Minick rotor Ferguson Jeff Reynolds L
Minick G contrabass trombone Ferguson 2A
Olds euphonium Bach 6.5AL
Kanstul F marching tenor horn (MFL horn) Kanstul tenor 2 or Meehan 5
Frank Holton 1908 Eb alto horn Bach 12C
Glassl Sterling silver Eb alto trombone Bach 7C
Minick alto trombone Bach 7C
Bach bass trumpet Bach 11C or 7C
Hirsbrunner HB2-P CC tuba Yamaha Replica Roger Bobo Symphonic
Kanstul 90 CC tuba - coming soon Yamaha Replica Roger Bobo Symphonic

 

Robert Coomber is a local professional bass trombone player. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Masters Degree in bass trombone performance under the tutelage of Dr. John Marcellus. He has worked with numerous professional organizations and is an active freelance player in the Los Angeles area.  He can be heard with the New West Symphony and San Bernardino Symphony among many others.  Robert plays on two really great Shires bass trombones and a Jeff Reynolds L mouthpiece.
Mike "Mama D." Davis is a professional trumpeter in the Los Angeles area. He is a graduate of the Oberlin School of Music and holds a masters degree in trumpet performance from the University of Southern California. He is a longtime student of Roy Poper at the Oberlin school and Boyde Hood of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Additionally, he has studied with Rob Roy McGregor, Louis Ranger, and Kevin Brown.  He has performed with the American Youth Symphony, Debut Orchestra, Riverside Symphony, USC Symphony and Chamber Orchestra and recordings for movies and TV. He has also written, orchestrated and performed music for Devendra Banhart and other pop musicians.  Mike was a member and founder of the Tappan Brass Quintet.  He has attended the Aspen Music Festival and Eastern Music Festival. Mike also maintains a large studio of private students in the Los Angeles area. Some of his instruments include a Vincent Bach New York Bb, Schilke B5, Ken Larson GFT C, Yamaha D trumpet, Schilke E2L, Schilke P5-4, and a Yamaha Flugel.  Mike loves mouthpieces and has a huge collection of rare mouthpieces. You will usually find him using Bach, GR and Reeves mouthpieces.
Brad Close is a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Southern California.  He is professional trombonist, playing in many symphony orchestras, including New West, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, Redlands, Santa Cecelia, Downey.  He is a specialist in brass instrument repair.  Brad plays the Bach 42T tenor trombone, Conn 88H tenor trombone, Bach 50B2O bass trombone modified by Minick, King 2B tenor trombone, Shires alto trombone, Jurgen Voigt alto trombone, and Yamaha euphonium.  He uses Denis Wick, Stork, Bach, and Yamaha mouthpieces. Brad likes to restore vintage instruments. His collection includes some German Posaunen, a few alto horns, a vintage European rotary bass trumpet in F, a Bach marching valve trombone, and an old soprano trombone from Eastern Europe.
Anthony Mason is a professional tuba player in the Los Angeles area. He began studying tuba at the age of 13 in Dallas, TX under the tutelage of Jeff Cottrell. Throughout his high school years, he received numerous awards and distinctions in both solo and ensemble competition. Anthony went on to Juilliard to further his musical studies with Warren Deck of the New York Philharmonic and David Fedderly of the Baltimore Symphony. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Anthony also studied at the California Institute of the Arts with Doug Tornquist, LA's top-call studio tuba player. In addition to performing in various local bands and professional orchestras, including Co-Principal Tubist for the Los Angeles Winds, Anthony is music faculty at The Master's College in Santa Clarita. His other teachers have included Sam Pilafian, Patrick Sheridan, Matt Goode, Mark Wolfe and Tommy Johnson. When he is not performing, teaching, or otherwise musically engaged, Anthony enjoys reading novels; notably Star Wars, Harry Potter, and The Lord of the Rings  (all of which he is incredibly well-versed). Anthony plays a modified Getzen G-50 CC tuba with a Yamaha Roger Bobo Signature Series mouthpiece.
Matt Anderson plays French horn in many local orchestras, and teaches privately in several studios and schools.  More coming soon...
Katie Faraudo plays French horn in many local orchestras, and teaches privately in several studios and schools.  Katie can often be found running the shipping department.  More coming soon...
Kat Nockels, our Tuba Besmirchress, is an accomplished basoonist, but is also a fine tuba player, and works regfularly around Southern Califoronia playing tuba with a Romanian band.  She is also an advisor to the Colburn School in Los Angeles.  More coming soon...
Angie Baca has taught brass music for over 20 years, and is our teacher in The Horn Guys La Crescenta studio.  Her teaching experience includes instructor of trumpet at Cerritos College, Brass Instructor at CSUSB Music Conservatory, Brass Music Consultant for Baker Music Magnet School & Brass Coach for local schools.  Her students have performed in SCSBOA Solo/Ensemble Festivals, SCSBOA Honor Band & Orchestra, All State Honor Band, Tournament of Roses Honor Band, as well as her private studio Brass Bash Recital.

Angie is a freelance trumpet player & the founder of the Foothill Brass Ensemble.  She has a Bachelors in Music degree from San Diego State University & a Masters in Trumpet Performance from USC.  Her instructors include Boyde Hood, Roy Poper, Rob Roy McGregor, & Alan Siebert.  Angie can be reached to schedule lessons at (818) 419-4958.
cheetah The Cheetah, canine horizontalis, is helpful and enthusiastic, especially if the subject concerns food.  Cheetah has a cat, named Kay the Kat.
Coming Soon David Bridges is a trombonist as well as an expert in all things business, and will run the new Long Beach store.  Stay tuned for a complete bio.
Coming Soon Tom Bridges is a trombonist, tubist, and teacher, and will soon join The Horn Guys to offer outreach to institutional buyers, private instruction, and great advice to anyone seeking a fine instrument.  He plays the King Duo Gravis trombone, and plans to take delivery of a new Kanstul Eb tuba.  Stay tuned for a complete bio.
Coming Soon Who's next?  It could be you.