Trumpeter/hornist Jeff Stockham talks about playing historic instruments & his work in the film “Lincoln”

Trumpeter/hornist Jeff Stockham recently came to the Making Music offices for what turned out to be a rather lengthy interview about his passion for historic brass instruments — both playing them and collecting them. One of the many ensembles in which Stockham plays, in fact, is The Excelsior Cornet Band, New York State’s only authentic Civil War brass band.

Stockham has played across the globe and backed up numerous national artists. His experience and skill as a multi-instrumentalist and session musician has made him a mainstay in Central New York’s recording studios. His trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, and French horn playing can be heard on a long list of recordings by regional artists, including a number of award-winning CDs. Jeff is also one of the few musicians worldwide to play jazz on French horn.

During our interview, Stockham discussed his experience working in Steven Speilberg’s film “Lincoln,” in which Stockham portrayed a member of a military band playing at a flag-raising event overseen by President Lincoln. If you want to hear what’s like to be in a major studio movie as a musician, and Stockham’s interactions with cast and crew, check out this 4-minute excerpt from the full interview.

Jeff Stockham plays in the military band in a still from the movie “Lincoln.”

More parts of our interview with Jeff Stockham, as well as the complete interview, will be posted in the coming days — so be sure to check back!

Learn more about Jeff Stockham at his website:

A career journalist, Jason has worked as a reporter, editor, photographer, designer, and publisher in multiple forms of journalism, including newspaper, newsletter, website, and magazine. In his spare time, Jason is a historian who writes articles and books about Abraham Lincoln and his family.

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