Starting with just an idea to improve mouthpieces - Giddings Mouthpieces, formally Giddings and Webster has grown to develop and deliver the finest mouthpieces available anywhere.
Robert Webster has worked as a machinist and toolmaker for over thirty years. During this time Bob has become a master at his trade -able to make any object imaginable. Bob's demanding profession requires him to make high precision tools with machined tolerances that are literally less than a split hair.
Ivan Giddings has his masters in tuba performance from Pennsylvania State University, and is a tuba teacher and performer by trade.
Ivan performs in numerous ensembles in the Puget Sound area. In his efforts to improve response, articulation, and overall ease of playing he was led to mouthpiece design. The teachers that have heavily influenced Ivan are Robert Harold, Rex Turner, Marty Erickson, and Arnold Jacobs.
Bob and Ivan met in November 2000, each with their first prototype stainless steel mouthpieces. They were impressed with what the other could do, and the Giddings & Webster collaboration began. After three years of discussion, prototypes, and research and development the two had created a truly unique line of mouthpieces unlike anything in the world. These mouthpieces sounded, responded, and played better than anything on the market.
Today, while the company has grown - Ivan and Bob still are ever improving the design and manufacturing of stainless steel and titanium mouthpieces. Their diligence towards constantly striving to create perfection in their mouthpieces means that GW mouthpieces will meet the needs of players everywhere in any playing situation. New mouthpieces are always in the works - and Ivan and Bob are always listening and developing in order to stay the world's leader in stainless steel and titanium mouthpiece design.