I know I promised a full report by today, but I have fallen a bit short. Here is an outline of Chris Martin's master class from last weekend in NC. If any of you have specific questions, then I will go into detail. I honestly didn't know how much detail to give since he is supposed to have an article in the next Jay Freedman newsletter. I will probably edit tomorrow and add some more things, but I wanted to meet my promised deadline and put up something before the day ends. First of all, I must say that Chris Martin and I go back 12 years having attended conservatory together. It was wonderful to see him again as my friend and respected colleague. That being said, I have tremendous admiration for him as Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony. It was a thrill to watch him give a master class and hear him play such a wonderful recital. (the program is listed on the WCU site.) Not included are the two encores he performed on cornet - Napoli and Those Endearing Young Charms. It was an inspiring experience in several ways. He opened the master class with the "Intrada" by Otto Ketting. Not necessarily in order, he covered the following topics: His experiences in auditions - both good, funny and bad; he did a lot of listening to all kinds of players beginning at a young age and still recommends it; perfection is not key in winning an audition - taking lots of auditions is; know exactly what you want to say with the music before engaging; being in the NOW on a never-ending ascent to greatness (based on a discussion he had with John Hagstrom); all experiences every time we pick up the horn, teaches us something; recommended reading by Don Greene (sports psychiatrist ); his own 4 week plan to recital and audition preparation; his strength building routine; do you play because you like to "hit the ball" or "score points"? That is all for now. I am turning into a pumpkin.