I would like to thank all the hornists who gave so generously of their time during the interviews, as well as the additional help by e-mail I received from James Decker. Their recollections are the heart of this dissertation and no legitimate history on horn playing in Los Angeles could have excluded their participation. A special debt of thanks goes to Dr. William Scharnberg whose tireless help and inspiration was instrumental in raising the quality of this paper and shepherding it to completion. Thanks to my family for their help and support - in particular my mother who transcribed the interviews. Last but not least, thanks to Michael Harris for making this dissertation into a multimedia website.