Very sad news this weekend for the trumpet community. Dr. Michael Ewald passed away yesterday afternoon after a battle with liver cancer. I feel blessed and humbled to have known and studied with him. He will be deeply missed. This is from my post on a similar thread at the other site. This is a very sad time for everyone who knew Dr. Ewald, and for the trumpet community at large. I studied with Doc while I was at U of I from 2000 - 2005. It's impossible to overstate the influence he had on me. In addition to being an unbelievable musician, he was a terrific human being. He was generous, humble, gracious, and honest. As Jeff said, he cultivated strong personal relationships with his students. His office was always a welcoming place, always filled with a positive energy. Doc and Ronnie fostered an atmosphere of cooperation and teamwork within the trumpet studio at Illinois. They had a shared studio, and I studied with both of them during my time at school. They instituted an open studio policy, and you could sit in on anybody's lesson, and anybody could sit in on yours. I loved that concept. I learned so much not just from my own lessons with Doc and Ronnie, but from other students who sat in on my lessons, and from the guys when I sat in on the lessons of others. My lessons often evolved into the playing of duets, trios, and quartets during the latter portions of my allotted time; these memories will stay with me forever. Doc's advice and counsel to me was always succinct, to the point, and never esoteric. He never spoke harshly to his students, and always had his own gentle way of telling you when to pick up the slack. At one of my lessons, he put a Bordogni etude on the stand and told me to read it in A (he did this often). After I got done butchering it, he didn't get upset, didn't put me down. He said plainly, "Well, I didn't know you had so much trouble with this." That was the last time I skimped on my transposition practice. He had a dry sense of humor, and a great rapport with all his students. I remember an incident in masterclass where a friend of mine felt ill and faint while performing, and had to be helped into a chair. Doc turned around and said wryly, "Is there a doctor in the house?" One of the students shouted back, "Yeah, you!" Doc Ewald had impeccable taste when he performed. His sound was captivating, brilliant, and pure, and he never played to show off. The memories of his performances are crystal clear in my mind, and I listen to the recordings of his recitals weekly. I could write for pages about Dr. Ewald and his influence on me both as a musician and a person. He led by example, and he was a consummate professional and a perpetual student of music and the trumpet. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, Ronnie, and everyone whose lives were touched by this outstanding human being. We miss you, Doc. And as he always said, "Don't try to play in tune. Play the tune, and it will come out in tune."