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About The Horn Guys

A Brief History

The Horn Guys is a brass instrument specialty company located in Southern California. Founded by Steve Ferguson in 2000, our goal was to improve the quality of the musical instrument retail environment with specialization in brass instruments and accessories for the high-end enthusiast market. We felt that through effective design, product availability, sales support, and technical service many local musicians could be best satisfied without having to resort to faceless mail order sites. Our current La Crescenta location has been our home since 2004, with an expansion that doubled the size of the store in late 2006. That same year, we purchased the Low Brass Werks from Tony Clements to expand our tuba department and gain import rights to several European brands. From Spring 2010 through 2017, we also operated a second store in Long Beach.  That location is now Long Beach Woodwinds.

Our Social Conscience

Here at The Horn Guys, we do our best to create a culture of sustainable infrastructure. This means that we go beyond our day-to-day personal choices, and look at how businesses can make reductions in waste in all areas. In our facilities, we use fluorescent lighting as well as LED accent lighting for our display cases. Behind the scenes, you'll be glad to know that your instruments and precious cargo are all packed with reused and repurposed shipping materials whenever possible. This drastically cuts down on using virgin plastics and paper, which would both increase the cost and the environmental impact of each horn we sell.

Even beyond the daily workings, Steve, who is an avid cyclist, runs almost all of our various errands by bike. Tuba cartage gets a bit tricky on a bike, but he does retrieve our jugs of filtered water on his extended cargo frame. Empty bottles and can are collected and donated to a local Boy Scout troop as a fundraiser, and we stockpile any and all shopping bags from other sources in case your hands are just too full to hold all of the mouthpieces and valve oils you just purchased. We hope to lead by example and encourage others to keep as much material out of landfills as possible!

About the Horn Guys

The Horn Guys is one of the few “brass-only” retail outlets in the U.S. We specialize in trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba. What sets The Horn Guys apart from other retail outlets is our consultative approach to our customers whom we consider friends. We have an outstanding staff of instrument specialists who work with you to find the best fit for your music needs, be it an instrument, mouthpiece, case, sheet music or any item in our wide selection. We offer superior customer service, which makes us the best choice for all brass musicians from beginner to professional.

About Our Pricing

The Horn Guys makes every effort to provide the best possible pricing. From time to time, a customer may find that our prices are slightly higher on some items. This is due to the fact that we are one of the few specialty retailers that maintain physical locations where our customers can try out instruments, mutes, mouthpieces and other equipment and rely on the customer service and expertise we provide. We offer direct personalized service in our stores, by telephone and via email. There are no call centers or complicated websites to navigate. Our customers are our highest priority.

Meet The Horn Guys

Steve Ferguson - Founder and Owner, Everything Specialist

Steve is the brain and creative director of The Horn Guys. He has been a commercial trombonist in Los Angeles for over 30 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. 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 -- performing with the All-American College Band at Walt Disney World, 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.

 

Robert Coomber - Trombone Specialist
Robert 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.
Patrick Lenertz - Trombone Specialist
Patrick is a freelance trombonist (bass/tenor) and private instructor in the Los Angeles area. He currently holds the bass trombone chair and maintains music librarian duties for the Southern California Brass Consortium, as well as performs regularly in the horn sections for psychedelic rock band Paisley Shades and funk/pop group Zach Alwin & Duck Funk. He can also be seen on-screen as a featured band member in the Oscar-winning film Whiplash. Patrick received his Bachelor's degree in music performance from the University of Minnnesota (Twin Cities), studying under John Tranter and Tom Ashworth. During his undergraduate studies Patrick was an Honors Ferguson Scholar, and he won Honorable Mention in the George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition (International Trombone Assocation) as a freshman. After moving to California in 2012, Patrick attended California State University Long Beach, where he received his Master's degree in performance under the direction of Bill Reichenbach.
Matt Otto - Horn Specialist
A native of Southern California, Matthew Otto completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music in 2016. He holds a Master’s of Music in horn also from USC, and a bachelor’s degree in horn from the University of California, Irvine in 2011. As a member of the Southern California music community, Otto has performed as of the UCI Symphony and USC Thornton Symphony and has been an active freelance musician performing with such artists and composers as Brian McKnight, Danny Elfman, David Newman, Jackie Evancho. He has participated in recording music for the television industry and has performed with the American Youth Symphony and the Young Musician’s Foundation Debut Orchestra. As a teacher and music educator, Otto has taught music at Idyllwild Arts Academy summer program and Arrowbear Music Camp and worked with students of the Glendale and Irvine Unified School Districts. He also maintains a private teaching studio. Otto’s principal teachers include Kristy Morrell, Steve Becknell, Annie Bosler, and Russell Dicey.
Kyle Richter - Tuba Specialist
Kyle Richter is a freelance tuba player based out of Long Beach, California. A graduate of California State University Long Beach, he holds a Bachelor of Music degree in tuba performance and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Kyle has held positions with the Debut Orchestra, True Brass Choir, and the Southern California Brass Consortium. Kyle also teaches privately, specializing in low brass, as well as group coaching at multiple schools in the area. Kyle has studied tuba with Jim Self, Norm Pearson, and John Van Houten.
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