About Triplo Press
TRIPLO PRESS, established by James Olcott in 1988, publishes exclusively, except for the Companion Series, music for trumpet ensembles with its mission and goal stated on the front page of the company's website:
"The primary mission and goal of Triplo Press is the issuance of trumpet ensemble music of the highest musical quality which follows the criteria of realistic accessibility within the given grade level and offers the player and audience alike a positive musical experience."
To date the Triplo Press catalog contains approximately 170 works, ranging from three to 36 trumpets, that encompass all genres and difficulties and feature composers from around the world from the Renaissance to
young and upcoming stars. Triplo Press has been highly praised over the years for the quality and scope of its publications.
"It all began," says Jim, "with my wanting to give my students some quality experience in working as a section. There were very few quality works for multiple trumpets on the market at that time, so I tried my hand at writing and arranging. Exposure of these pieces at concerts and masterclasses created interest from friends and colleagues, and it was not long before I was making copies of the pieces for them. I am uncertain if actually publishing the pieces was my own or someone else's idea, but doing the publication, which involves all sorts of areas, including writing, arranging and transcribing, editing, page and publication layout, graphic design, print and pdf considerations, is a great deal of fun and an ongoing challenge for me. It is an intense pleasure to hear and see the publications used and enjoyed."
"I am delighted that the genre has taken off over the last 35 years, and there are many new, transcribed and arranged works now available to the general public. I am very proud to be a part of the trumpet ensemble's growth and acceptance as a viable and exciting performance and pedagogical entity."
Triplo Press's name, incidentally, is derived from the first letters of Jim's last name and, until his retirement, his home town of Oxford, Ohio: triple "O" condensed. It also allows the abbreviation of TRP.
About James Olcott
James L. Olcott
is a native of Berkeley, California. Prior his faculty appointment at Miami University (Ohio) in 1978, he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Fort Hays State University (Kansas). He served for 25 years as principal trumpet of the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra and the Middletown (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, and has had previous experience in that role with the Tidewater Music Festival (Maryland), the Peter Britt Music Festival (Oregon), the International Festival at Round-Top, Texas, among others. His orchestral background also includes performances with the San Francisco Opera and Ballet Companies, and the Metropolitan Opera Company (New York).
He is an active free-lance trumpeter and performs professionally throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in large and small group settings. In addition, he is the founder and was the music director of the Cincinnati Herald Trumpet Ensemble, and is now doing the same thing in Minneapolis with the founding in 2014 of the 24-trumpet-strong Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble.
He is also active as a composer and arranger. His compositions and arrangements have been published by Crown Music Press of Chicago, Tromba Publications of Denver, as well as Triplo Press. He is also an active member of the International Trumpet Guild
, the group for which he has served terms as secretary, vice president, and president. In 2005 he was a recipient of the organizations's Award of Merit.
From 1979 to 2008 Olcott was a member of the faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Twin Lake, Michigan, where he taught, performed as principal trumpet with, and conducted student and faculty jazz ensembles. From 1982 to 2008 he was involved as conductor of the camp's International Jazz Ensemble for its three-week European tours to Belgium, Austria, Germany, France, Denmark, and the Netherlands, and served as a member of the Blue Lake in Bavaria faculty as director of its international jazz ensemble.
At Miami University he conducted Miami's internationally recognized trumpet ensemble and, of course, taught trumpet. He was also the founder of Miami's annual Southwestern Ohio High School Jazz Festival, which celebrated its 30th year in 2008. For his work with the jazz festival, he was honored by the City of Oxford, with April 7, 2008 being officially named James L. Olcott Jazz Day in Oxford by proclamation by the city's mayor.
In 1993, he became increasingly involved with website design and was responsible for the websites for the Miami University Department of Music until his retirement in 2013.
In Minneapolis, Minnesota, to where he and his wife, Vera, moved directly after his retirement, Olcott quickly became involved in the musical scene of the area and continues to perform, conduct, write, record, and publish. In 2014 he founded and currently directs the 24-voice Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble
- Professor of Trumpet, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio USA, 1979-2013
- Assistant Professor of Trumpet, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1978-1979
- Associate Professor of Trumpet, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, 1968-1978
- M.M., Trumpet Performance, Manhattan School of Music, 1968
- B.M., Trumpet Performance and Music Education, San Francisco State University, 1966
- Recipient, A.K. Morris Alumni Award, Miami University Alumni Association, 2011
- Recipient, Award of Merit, International Trumpet Guild (ITG), 2005
- Runner-Up, Crossan Hays Curry Distinguished Educator, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 2004
- President, International Trumpet Guild, 1999-2001
- Member, ITG Board of Directors, 2003-2015
- Member, ITG Journal Editorial Review Committee, 2003-present
- Coordinator, ITG CD Projects, 2004-2013
- Coordinator, Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Solo Competition, 2005-2010
Teachers include William Adam, Joseph Alessi, Sr., Edwin Betts, Mel Broiles, Cecil Collins, Robert Hansen, Donald Reinberg, and William Vacchiano.
"James L. Olcott is a qualified musician who is at home in almost all fields of music. The projects he touches he masters with flying colors!" - Wolfgang Hass (Wolfgang G Haas Musikverlag Köln e. K.)