All right you comeback, Gospel trumpeters.....

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by pwillini, Nov 29, 2004.

  1. pwillini

    pwillini Pianissimo User

    Mar 4, 2004
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Let's hear about how the Lord is having the talent He's given you affect your life and, most importantly, the lives of others.

    I started seriously playing again about 3 years ago. Those who have followed my thread regarding my time with the Wild Thing that Flip and Tom Turner currently have on tour know a little about my background. I have found a solice in music that was never there before. Now when I play, especially in church but also as I practice for Sundays, I find His peace, I'd never experienced it like I did this morning.

    I had a short practice session before I started getting ready for the day's work (I own a small deli/pizzaria in Michigan). I put the horn up after about 30 minutes of non-descript playing and started my prep, vowing to come back to what I am working on later in the day. As I was cutting the tomatos for my subs, the Lord put a song in my heart! It was all I could do to get back to my trumpet and put it to my lips. I have Felix's Stage 1 trumpet with me, up to this point I've had difficultly getting what I wanted out of this horn but not this time. When I played the Stage 1 this time, out came the most beautiful version of "Thank You, Lord" then "I Love You, Lord" that I've ever played! By the time I finished I had tears running down my face and was sobbing. I couldn't have been any closer to God than I was at that moment.

    Let me know if anyone else has experienced such joy while playing for Him! I've emailed Tom Turner several times and he's told me of the joys he's had while playing. I'd love to hear from others who let the Lord use them, and the talents they've received, to bring honor and glory to the Lord Most High!
  2. gzent

    gzent Fortissimo User

    Nov 5, 2003
    Rochester, MN

    Like you I have started playing regularly again about 3 years ago.

    I only play occasionally at Church because the rest of the time I sing Tenor in the choir, so we need singers more than brass. However, it is special when I play at Mass and I do feel closer to God. I guess my high point was last June when we dedicated our new Sanctuary. We had a very good choir of about 20, all from the church as well as a hand full of musicians. Anyway, our closing piece was "All Creatures" with a very nice 2 trumpet part. The final note is a high A at ff. It came over very nicely and majestic. It was quite the moment!


    PS - I'm looking for some smooth jazz trumpet and piano duets of Christmas carols, such as "What Child Is This?". Know where I can find some?

    MUSICandCHARACTER Forte User

    Jan 31, 2004
    Newburgh, Indiana
    I often experience it from the other end.

    I am privileged enough to be a music minister. Nothing fills me like hearing the choir just sing their hearts out. We sang "Awesome God" last Sunday and it WAS awesome.

    We do have a brass choir that plays every so often (when I can get them organized). It is amazing to play in church. I have been with a traveling Gospel group and that was fun, but people expected you to play like pros. When playing for the Lord first, and the church second, something amazing often happens.

    People who are "hired" to play in church, who don't believe, never experience that. I have several comeback players at the church who play often. What is always surprising to me is how well they play.

  4. old geezer

    old geezer Pianissimo User

    Dec 26, 2004
    my wife and I both play every Sunday ; along with a trombone, with the congregation. the music minister keeps saying how much this helps him as he plays the piano while he leads the singing. I have played in churches when asked for many years and have never charged a fee except when they have you come in for special rehearsals. God gave me this gift and I don't feel right charging to give a small portion back. I also have a quintet that when we play for church there is no fee. I play in a big band,2 community bands and a praise band, I enjoy the praise band the most. old geezer Dave
  5. vic

    vic New Friend

    Nov 19, 2003
    In my case, I started playing again about two years ago specifically to play in our praise band and to play along with my son. He started on my trumpet from high school, and we got him a new one.

    I find great encouragement in playing for our Sunday services, now three in number. When I first started playing in church, I was overwhelmed at the many comments from people about how they enjoyed having a trumpet in the band. Tenor sax was the only other wind instrument, plus piano/keyboard/guitar/bass/drums. We have since added alto sax, valve trombone, and a second trumpet.

    My prayer is that I add to the worship time of our congregation. Sometimes I am moved to the point of having trouble playing, so I hope that others are able to worship through song that way. Our worship pastor directs the music time in a very effective way. He is a former band director, so we have some opportunity for some learning as well!

    I can say that I am blessed by just playing these songs, and I hope that others are blessed by hearing.
  6. W Scott

    W Scott Piano User

    Dec 8, 2003
    Carson City, NV.
    Hopefully this isn't too far off post. My church doesn't have a band as yet with brass, woodwinds and the like---but we're hoping to get one up this next year.

    But, the night before our Christmas eve candlelight service, about 10 singers and I with my trumpet went out caroling. I live in a major tourist town and we hit the big commercial area up by the casinos. I play a Constellation and you could hear that horn everywhere! We played to several crowds and passed out info on the church and the candlelight service.

    Next evening, the candlelight service was literally 'standing room only'. It was the first time we packed the church for this event. Many of the folks there were in those crowds we sang and played for. It's amazing how music can be used to touch peoples' lives.

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