photo by Jeanette Fellows

Deck The Halls

Away in a Manger

Oh Come All Ye Faithful

Alexander Petit, Antonio Gardano, Anonymous

Bob Nelson, Boismortier, Bugs Bower’s Bop Duets

C.C.Cori, Christoph Graupner, Daniel Purcell

Domenico Gatti, Eugene Cools, Everett Gates

Francois Couperin, Franz Schubert, Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg

George Frederic Handel, George Philipp Telemann

Gottfried Heinrich Stolzel, Gottlieb Muffatt

H. Kaiser, Haag, Harry Huffnagle

Henry Purcell, J.B. Ganaye

J.G. Berntgen, Jack Marshall, Jean-Bapitiste Loeillet

Jean-Francois Dandrieu, Jean-Phelippe Ramaeu

Johann Friedrich Grafe, Johann Pachelbel

Johann Sebastian Bach, John Baston

Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Leo Kraft, Leonardo Vinci

Lupachino, Martin Luther, Mozart

Otto Nicolai, P. Clodomir, Pepusch


Stamitz, Stephen Foster, Telemann

Thomas Augustine Arne, Valentine Snow

Vandercook,Wilhelm Friedemann Bach





It’s a beautiful summer Saturday morning around 11a.m.  You’ve been to the farmer’s market and you decide it’s time for lunch or a snack at the “Cup” or maybe People’s Park across the street.  Suddenly you are taken by the sight and sounds of two trumpet players.  You imagine that you have been transported to a medieval walled European village.  You can see those clock-tower trumpets.  Who are these guys on the corner of Clinton and Main who perform this music that spans the ages from Bach to bebop?


About 3 years ago and quite by chance well-known local trumpet player Michael Drake (alias Mr. Pickles and No Tan Lines Band) and lesser known trumpet player Hal Kacanek (the dijeri-dude) happened to be walking into the same office store in Brookfield.  Kacanek who had already been impressed with Drakes performances in the past, introduced himself.  After a lot of trumpet talk, they figured there was enough in common to warrant they’re getting together to play a few duets. Three years later the number of duet sessions per week has gone from one to three and sometimes four. Kacanek who was formerly head of Carroll University’s music department and currently teaches World Music and Music Appreciation at MATC’s downtown campus says “it is one of the few social things that I enjoy that doesn’t put on weight.”


They were having so much fun playing duets that they thought that it was logical to share their music with others.  That was the start of 2Trumpets


Sometime early last year before the Steaming Cup changed ownership, Kacanek asked Kerry Mackay, steaming cup owner, if 2Trumpets could busk in front of his establishment for about an hour on a Saturday morning.  He said let’s give it a try.  After the first week he was treating us to delicious lunches and lattes.  Jason and Cristina Tofte, Steaming Cup’s new owners, continue to encourage us with delicious food and libations.  So much for putting on weight.


Both men feel that performing outside allows them to evaluate audience interest.  We want to know if what we play catches their attention and we can measure that by hearing their encouraging remarks and checking out the tip bucket. Performing for passersby gives the kind of edge you can’t get if you are simply practicing in the comfort of your own studio. Minor weaknesses suddenly become magnified and if you hadn’t discovered them before you’ll find out about them on the street. So the audience helps us to be better performers, better musicians, better players. In the world of music, if you have something good, you need to share it.


Except for vacations (July 10 to 31st), inclement weather, an occasional paying gig like Summerfest, the duo can be seen and heard most Saturday mornings in front of the “Steaming Cup” starting at 10:30 a.m.



Michael Drake (414) 769-2001

Hal Kacanek (414) 315-8557