How and why did you become a trumpet player?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by allan birmantas, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. Cornyandy

    Cornyandy Fortissimo User

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    You do?

    I mean

    You do!

    nooo that's not right either

    You do, full stop.
     
  2. allan birmantas

    allan birmantas Pianissimo User

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    Are you getting a "long" cornet, or the regular one? (I'm thinking Constellation)
     
  3. tobylou8

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    G-mans punniness (allan groaned).
     
  4. gmonady

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    I try to give 100% to a P-U-N as something less would stink: P-U.
     
  5. Needs Practice

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    I was three years old when my mother started me on piano lessons. That is how I learned the alphabet (at least as far as G). Both of my grandfathers played violin (one rather well - the other abominably) and my father had played violin as a youth. My mother was a capable pianist. There were brass players in my extended family and one of my great-grandfathers, and his father too, had been active for their entire adult lives in what we would now call (in the US) British brass bands. As a kid I loved the sound of the Salvation Army Bands that would play around Christmas. I had an older cousin who plated cornet and remember being fascinated when he brought his cornet with him on a visit (I was about 6 years old). I also enjoyed the popular music of the time - already mentioned here by others: Herb Alpert, James Last, late-career Louis Armstrong and the older big band music.

    But as a kid I had asthma issues and was told I could not play a wind instrument. So when I wanted to play with others, violin was the choice. This (and viola) took me through school and university and gave me tremendous pleasure over the years. I could hide at the back of the second fiddles and flirt with the girls playing woodwind or french horns.

    But as I aged and developed a few aches and pains in the neck and shoulder, the violin became uncomfortable. This was the perfect excuse to switch disciplines to the trumpet and start a completely new learning curve. I feel as if I am fulfilling a childhood dream.
     
  6. Recursion

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    When I was in the 4th grade, my dad gave me his Buescher 10-22a to play and I played through the 5th grade, but then found sports. After a 30+ year break, I started playing again. As to why I picked it back up, honestly? I watched Arturo kick off the Orange Bowl in 2009, and that sparked my comeback. :)

    Arturo Sandoval, Trumpet, National Anthem 1/1/09 Orange Bowl - YouTube
     
  7. allan birmantas

    allan birmantas Pianissimo User

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    A fascinating story. So how old were you when you converted and how did it work out for you?
     
  8. chef8489

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    It was the mid 80's and i was in second grade when they started band. I wanted to play the sax but parents said it was too expensive. I had the option to play the drums or trumpet. Not sure why i choose the trumpet. Played all the way through high school then joined the army. My trumpet playing was over till i was assigned to an honor guard for funerals. They were using a recorded version of taps because we could not get a bugle player for the detail. I volunteered to play so we could do it right and honor the fallen. When i deployed to the sandbox my x wife sold my trumpet. Back in 2011 i got back into it a bit but had to sell my bach when wifes grandparents passed and we had to move. Fast forward to today. Just paid for a vintage king horn and should have it in a week. So i am getting back in to it seriously after 15 or so years.
     
  9. allan birmantas

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    Good luck :)
     
  10. Masterwannabe

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    PTL and thank you for your service. I wish more trumpet players would volunteer to sound TAPS, the recorded version just doesn't cut it in my book.
     

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