I got asked; last minute by a friend to help out with a band booster project. He is the President of the Band boosters at a local high school and was doing a speghetti dinner last night. He is a good trumpet player and asked me if I'd come and do a couple of duets with him to help the kids and their ensembles entertain the paying dinner guests. The music was not difficult so sight reading it was not biggie; I said sure why not. It was a neat expirence and took me back quite a few years. It was funny because when the kids played in their ensembles they did very well and got much deserved applause; when we played the room came to a stand still and after our numbers we got rousing rounds of applause. On one hand I felt great; on the other bad because this was for the kids not me! After we played the whole High school trumpet section descended upon our table and started bombarding us with questions. It was wild; they were so impressed with our sound and how well we blended together. We were playing Christmas duets that trade the melody back and forth between the parts. Then they went crazy; one of them spotted my Monette B4S mouthpiece and was like,"Wow it's gold.... What kind of mouthpiece is that?" I found it funny because today I would have first noticed the 42 year old Trumpet it was attached to and inquired about it first. That really blew their mind when I told them my Trumpet was a 1964 King Silverflair. I told them about the Monette mouthpieces and the trumpets. They noticed that I had brought another case and wanted to see what was in out. So I broke out my Bach "C" 229/25A and introduced them to that. It was like watching primates use tools for the first time! It was so funny and I just had to share it with you all. I let a couple of the trumpet players play my equipment which in many cases was far superior to their own and really enjoyed watching them play. Especially on the "C" you really find out who has good ears and who does not. Some of them had a near impossible time trying to play the "C" Charts that I had with me for the Phantom of the Opera. We were able to play a small part in raising money for the band and for that I'm grateful. I always wanted to try to give back to music what it has given to me. It was a lot of fun and took me back quite a few years.