3704 Foothill Boulevard
LA CRESCENTA, California
818.248.7550
4420 East Village Road
LONG BEACH, California
562.354.6655
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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.  If you prefer filtered drinking water, we recommend you filter it yourself, or buy it in refillable bottles, rather than using disposable plastic bottles. We have more than enough plastic waste on the planet. Let's try to limit it.

 
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 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.
cheetah The Cheetah, canine horizontalis, is helpful and enthusiastic, especially if the subject concerns food.  Cheetah has her own cat, named Kay the Kat.

Lee Coduti
has a multi-faceted career as a vocal coach, mentor, musicologist, arranger, orchestrator and performer. Mr. Coduti was a member of the Opera Pacific Chorus for 17 seasons, having performed in over 50 productions. He also performed with the Pacific Chorale for 14 years, and served as Musical Assistant to the Artistic Director. Lee continues to serve as a music research and repertoire consultant to several conductors and performers, both locally and abroad. As an arranger and orchestrator, Lee’s work has been played nationally. In September 1992 his all‑string arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner was given its premiere by the Long Beach Symphony under JoAnn Falletta. Lee also maintains a large studio of vocal students in the Los Angeles area.  Lee runs our Long Beach store.
 
Drew Ninmer is our trumpet expert and teacher in our Long Beach store. He holds a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana. He is currently the Jazz Studies Graduate Assistant at California State University Long Beach. In addition to performing in many of the classical and jazz ensembles at CSULB, Drew has the honor of directing the Jazz Lab Band. In the summer of 2011, Drew had the privilege of performing in Disneyland’s All-American College Band. Drew plays trumpet professionally around the Los Angeles area in both jazz and classical ensembles. Drew currently co-leads a quintet that performs around the Long Beach area and recently completed filming as a featured musician in the upcoming 2014 movie release entitled Whiplash.
  Laura Goodenkauf...French horn expert...coming soon
  Layla Vallejo...special orders, shipping and accessories expert...coming soon

Kevin Miller
has lived, breathed and dreamed trumpet since the day his mother shooed him out of the house and handed him his uncle's old trumpet;
hoping that the bleating coming from the garage would be preferable to finding that he had taken apart another clock or radio. The bleating didn't last long as he quickly moved from local nuisance to youth orchestra, receiving a full scholarship to the University of Arizona where he graduated with honors with a degree in trumpet performance.  After several years of performing and teaching in Arizona, Kevin headed west for the opportunity to study with members of the LA Philharmonic and continue his education at California State University Long Beach, earning a masters in trumpet performance. Currently, Kevin resides in Orange, CA and performs, teaches, and serenades his wife throughout Southern California.  Kevin teaches privately at our Long Beach store.