Jerome Callet is a brass embouchure clinician
and was formerly a trumpet designer and manufacturer.
Born April 24, 1930, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
Jerome began his trumpet studies at age thirteen
after being inspired by two fellow students
Cal Massey and Tommy Turrentine at the Herron
Hill Junior High School in Pittsburgh. Although he
subsequently studied with several famous trumpet
teachers and dedicated himself laboriously to
mastering the instrument, at the age of thirty
Jerome could still not play a high C. In 1947, after
many years of struggle, he began researching the
physical elements necessary to develop a
“Super Power Embouchure.” By the age of forty he
had perfected his new embouchure after much trial
and error. Jerome named it Superchops. The
Superchops embouchure methodology eventually
led him on the quest to design and produce the
best trumpets and mouthpieces available.
Jerome’s involvement with the business of
instruments began with sixteen years in sales
(1953-1968) for Elden Benge, followed by eight
years of experience with Dominick Calicchio
(1968-1975). He absorbed much of his knowledge
of trumpet making from these two brilliant men.
With this rich background and his talent as an
accomplished machinist, Jerome launched the
experimental trumpet design in 1956 and started
selling his own trumpets in 1984. In 1973, he also
developed a line of mouthpieces to complement
his embouchure theories. In the meantime, he
taught embouchure technique in Pittsburgh (1960)
and New York (from 1972 to the present).
The fulfillment of his quest to create the best
brass instruments possible is represented by his
“Jazz Bb”, “Super Chops Bb”, “Symphonique C”,
“Stratosphere Bb” trumpets and “Jazz” flugelhorn.
More than 6,000 Callet trumpets and 15,000 Callet
mouthpieces have been manufactured in the past
twenty-eight years. Even after retiring from the
manufacturing business in 2002, he continued
trying to create the best trumpet mouthpiece in
existence. The “Superchops 1” model was released
in April of 2007.
Jerome has written four books on trumpet
embouchure and technique including the
internationally acclaimed “Superchops”. His latest
book “Trumpet Secrets Vol. 1” (sub-title:
The Secrets of the Tongue- Controlled Embouchure)
provides insight into reinforcing Superchops.
He continues to teach private and telephone
lessons from his Staten Island, New York, studio.
Jerome has also conducted clinics in the United
States, Canada, Germany, Finland, Switzerland,
France, Denmark, Hungary and Japan.