Becoming A Professional Trumpet Player

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  1. trumpetaddict

    trumpetaddict New Friend

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    Hello everyone, I'm in the 11th grade and i was curious to know what are some things I should consider doing in the future if i wanted to make a career out of playing the trumpet professionally.
     
  2. bumblebee

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    Marry an independently wealthy person? :lol:

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  3. rowuk

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    practicing 5 hours per day.
    If it is a jazz career, then you should be able to SERIOUSLY improvise. You should be playing live gigs with a combo.

    If it is classical, then you should have major repertory under your belt already. You should be cleaning up in all-county and all-state festivals.

    If you haven't started yet, I'll question the probability.

    What REALLY separates pro material is attitude. By now, every one that hears you should be commenting that you have what it takes.
     
  4. coolerdave

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    Keep in mind Robin said 5 hours of practice time.. that doesn't include..band time, gig time .... time is huge.
    I think you also need to be listening to everything you can in whatever field you are looking at.
    Session players can sight read anything ... that's probably the highest employment opportunity, if you have the chops and can get your foot in the door.
    We use to have something called the LA Jazz workshop here in LA. You would pay to play in one of 5 bands. It was all sight reading pro charts.. but for good players there were opportunities to be had through the contacts and referals.
    There are also the military bands.
    What genre are you thinking of pursuing?
     
  5. trumpetaddict

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    Classical
     
  6. coolerdave

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    If it were me and I wanted to be a professional classical player .. I would find a working member of a major symphony to get lessons from who has a high success rate of employment for his students .. I guess any instructor who has a high success rate for employment in the classical circuit would do actually. Make sure you have tough skin ... you are probably in for an awakening... and very exspensive lessons.
    I would ask for an honest assessment of my playing from a credible source to see how realistic my goals are.
    and I would do it as fast as I could... the clock is ticking ... seriously the clock is ticking
     
  7. trumpetaddict

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    Its kinda hard to find any professional trumpet players in my area.(Southeastern Virginia)
     
  8. bumblebee

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    Then you will probably have to move to where you can seriously progress. If you don't surround yourself with the kind of people who you want to be like then it will be that much harder for you.

    --bumblebee
     
  9. tobylou8

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    Being a life long resident of the "Old Dominion", I feel your angst. Very few pro players that only play. Most have teaching gigs as directors or some other job as a source of income (bumblebee's 1st comment is funny but true :-)) which makes 5 hrs of practice impractical. You may want to investigate a conservatory near a major metropolitan area. Only drawback is moving, and that's what most every other player does too, so competition is intense. You could look at Shenandoah University in Winchester since it is close(r) to DC.
     
  10. krmanning

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    What part of southeast Virginia. The Virginia Symphony has some fine players who also teach.
     

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