Chicago trumpet star deletes ‘Trump’

Chicago trumpet star deletes ‘Trump’


norman lebrecht

November 13, 2016

Nico Segal, who used to appear as ‘Donnie Trumpet’, will appear in future under his own name because he does not want to be associated with the tone of the president-elect.

Nico writes:

We just came off the release of Coloring Book and The Magnificent Coloring World Tour, both huge successes. But all during the tour, something heavy was looming over me — Donald Trump — and the connection people are drawing between his name and mine.

What began as a joke, a silly play on words, is not funny anymore. I don’t want to be connected to Trump’s hateful tone or his hurtful message. I don’t want to be misrepresented or misunderstood. Trump’s beliefs are not mine.

From this point on, call me Nico. I am proud to be part of a multicultural family, from the great City of Chicago. I am grateful for the diversity of friends and family who have taught me and believed in me and encouraged me. I couldn’t stand to ever hurt them, or you.



This could become a trend. Orchestras will soon be advertising for 2nd principal ****pet.


  • Wai kit leung says:

    Well, the once-popular name Adolf has all but disappeared, presumably because of a certain head of state in the past. Perhaps it is time to change the spelling of trumpet into, say, pet?

    • Mr Oakmountain says:

      One could always use the Italian term tromba – as is still the case on a lot of printed music irrespective of the language of the composer or the publishing house.

      But since you mentioned the “A” name, a legendary trumpeter who was principal in Chicago from the 1940s to 2000 happened to be called Adolph Herseth. He probably thought that he and his music would not be intimidated by anyone who might have had the same name. That should also be true for the instrument’s name.

      • Bruce says:

        Herseth was born before WWII. It was a perfectly fine name at the time. (He was Adolph with a ph, not an F, which might make a difference, if only a technical one – Heathcliff was in love with a Catherine, after all, not a Kathryn.)

      • MacroV says:

        Might be a reason he always was known as “Bud.”

    • Peter Phillips says:

      Another ****et playing A was Adolf Scherbaum who featured on Harry Newstone’ s excellent but long unavailable Brandenburg concertos on the Saga label.

  • Mike Schachter says:

    Amusing virtue signalling, though hardly news.

  • Benito says:

    So, what’s in a name?

  • Jazztea says:

    Just one more liberal like be popular just be idiot. Why not move to Canada like other art liberal.