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Adolph Sylvester (Bud) Herseth, (born July 25, 1921 in Lake Park, MN), was principal trumpet in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1948 until 2001, and served as principal trumpet emeritus from 2001 until his retirement in 2004. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest orchestral trumpeters of his generation.[1] He was a student of Boston Symphony Orchestra trumpeters Marcel LaFosse (second trumpet) and Georges Mager (principal trumpet) at the New England Conservatory of Music. He was born on July 25, 1921. Herseth graduated from Luther College in Iowa with a degree in mathematics prior to serving as a U.S. Naval musician during World World II.

His father was the band director at this little school in Letcher, South Dakota where he got his first trumpet:

"I remember very distinctly my very first time playing in the band. It was a summer band concert on the main street of that little town. I was sitting on the bandstand, way down on the 3rd or 4th part, and playing some little march. I was only 8 at the time, but I can remember it to this day. I thought, Man alive! What a kick this is! And I'll never forget my Dad looking over at me and smiling a couple of times. He could see that I really dug it."


  1. ^ Tunnell, Michael: "Adolph Herseth: In a Class by Himself", International Trumpet Guild Journal, February 1998.


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