Tuesday, June 8, 2010 • Dillon music gives Wade a new trumpet

Publisher’s note: This story originally appeared in the Tuesday, June 8, 2010, edition of the Lassen County Times.

Susanville Symphony Society’s Artistic Director and Conductor Benjamin J. Wade finished up his obligations with the CBS TV show “Survivor: Heroes versus Villains,” but that is not slowing him down from pursuing his talents with the folks at CBS.

Ben Wade directs the Susanville Symphony Orchestra.

Because of his appearances on the reality show, his musical talent as a trumpeter is no long the protected secret of the smallest town to have a full symphonic orchestra.

“I was down in LA two weeks ago playing with a few of the pro musicians and making a recording of a trumpet fanfare with some of the CBS musicians,” said Wade, “when one of them suggested I call my agent and have her call around to see about getting a trumpet donated for me to play at the live finale.”

Wade said she did just that and interestingly enough New York City area storeowner remembered Wade and doing professional business with him in the past. In 1992 Wade was playing with the New York Metropolitan Opera and needed a Herald trumpet and “everyone was raving about this place. (Dillon Music)”

“Most of the time when you order horns from the manufacturer they are all ‘tested,’ but the quality has gone down. Every one of (Dillon Music) horns was tested by professionals who really seemed to know what they were doing.  Interesting how they remembered me after all that time. So, the owner of Dillon Music (Steve Dillon) shows up with a brand new Schilke. It plays beautifully, and you know, the rest of the story,” said Wade.

The rest of the story is Wade owns a new trumpet, but unfortunately he did not get to play it on air during the CBS Survivor Finale. As with many live shows, it took on a life of its own.  However, those who do attend the Susanville Symphony Society concerts may get to hear Wade play his new trumpet.