How to Make First Chair

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Mike Vax, Yamaha International Performing Artist

Chris Roberts has written a book full of great common sense approaches to success in the music performance business. Even though it is mainly aimed at students, it is a worthwhile book for any professional musician to read. Many of his ideas contain exactly the same philosophy that I have been teaching for the past 35 years. I highly recommend this book to any musician who wants to not only achieve goals regarding auditions, but who wants to be a more successful performer.

-- Mike Vax, Yamaha International Performing Artist and Former lead and solo trumpet - The Stan Kenton Orchestra (


Welcome to How to Make First Chair!


Welcome to the official site of the How to Make First Chair book, DVD, and more.   All the methods are for musicians at every level, from beginner to high school, college and beyond.  In addition to step-by-step information about how to prepare for specific music, much attention is given to the process of an audition or performance.  Please review our testimonials (send us one if you have one), and check out our new (and still growing) section of videos demonstrating the How to Make First Chair methods.  Check out all of our FREE DOWNLOADS while you are here!

Announcing the "First Chair Scholarship" Winner

How to Make First Chair and That Trumpet Guy announce the 2010 - 2011 First Chair Scholarship winner here!

Thanks to Kelley Taylor for her video testimonial! 

Kelley has been using How to Make First Chair with her band at Brandenburg Middle School and has set new records the last 2 years with the number of students making their all-district band:

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