Any female trumpet players here?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by christineka, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. christineka

    christineka Pianissimo User

    Feb 24, 2010
    I realize this is a male-dominated instrument, but I've seen some female trumpet players. Anyone else here besides me?
  2. flugelgirl

    flugelgirl Forte User

    Jan 20, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Yes, and I play for a living.
  3. tpsiebs

    tpsiebs Piano User

    Feb 6, 2010
    Randolph, New Jersey
    Laurie Frink is on the "other" trumpet site.
  4. Buck with a Bach

    Buck with a Bach Fortissimo User

    Dec 29, 2009
    Canton, Ohio
    I believe there are about at least three or four more here. Not really regulars, but they do pop in from time to time........:oops:
  5. kcmt01

    kcmt01 Mezzo Forte User

    Sep 25, 2009
    Polson, MT
    If we start letting girls play trumpets, the next thing you know they'll want the right to vote. Slippery slope!!
  6. Glennx

    Glennx Pianissimo User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Hey, I *know* you were just kidding with that last comment, nor do I mean to hijack this thread...but what we need are more women playing brass! Thankfully, it seems that we're getting them, too.

    I play in a popular & successful community band and enjoy playing the 2nd book just as much as playing 1st. Except for the top notes (which I'm working on, as a comeback player) I can play either. But man, those ol' boys on 1st think they were placed there by Official Decree or something, and wouldn't lower themselves to play 2nd chair if Gabriel himself sat in on a rehearsal! Honestly, the level of testosterone from the 1st ranks is a little much sometimes (and the level of accuracy is too often too little - not to mention intonation, blend & dynamics <ahem>). The only woman in our trumpet section always plays 2nd, plays just fine, thanks, and we have a great time.

    More gender-balanced brass! <grin>
  7. flugelgirl

    flugelgirl Forte User

    Jan 20, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    The giant ego exists in all trumpet players to one extent or another - I have known some women who have it just as bad as the men! I usually relate that "1st trumpet only" attitude with less mature musicians, though. All the best players will happily sit any chair, and play the heck out of whatever part they play because it helps the MUSIC, not because they need to stoke their own egos! Besides, to be an effective section leader, you have to be able to play and understand ALL the parts if you're going to instruct the section to play the way you want them to. I don't know how many times I've seen someone try to run a sectional and have NO idea what the other parts have, or even who might have the melody in any given section! One of my personal pet peeves!
  8. richtom

    richtom Forte User

    Dec 7, 2003
    I believe a legendary Chicago woman trumpet player, Bette Eilers, occasionally visits here. This remarkable player, teacher, and great person was principal in the Chicago Civic Orchestra at 17! (This was back in the 50s when ladies weren't "supposed" to play trumpet at a high level. She was not the only superb lady trumpeter in Chicago then, either. Phyllis Blech was another. Check out this link to see what Phyllis Blech was doing in 1963-1964. Trumpet section in Chicago Symphony Orchestra). Bette was an extra on many CSO concerts and recordings with her last recording being one of the echo trumpets on the Boulez/CSO complete Firebird.
    I had the privilege to perform with her for a couple of years a few years ago. She had a gorgeous sound, great technique, and a fabulous musicianship only reserved for a few gifted musicians.
    Rich T.
  9. SassyBrassyGirl

    SassyBrassyGirl New Friend

    Dec 30, 2011
    I am :D I play second chair in my high school jazz band I'm the only female in the band! hahahaha :shock: on the first day every onne thought i was in the wrong room ROFL
  10. codyb226

    codyb226 Banned

    Mar 9, 2011
    Florida, US
    Go to greeting and introduce yourself. Welcome to TM SassyBrassGirl!

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