I just found this forum...very interesting posts...and this one hits the nail on the head. I am a beginning trumpet teacher (I've played for over 40 years). I started on Piano (at age 6) and trumpet a couple of years later. Stayed with Piano until college. I have several trumpet students, ranging from 5th to 9th grade (with one piano student thrown in). One of the most important things I try to instill in them is a sense of musicality. Part of being musical is playing the music, not just the horn. A sense of Style is essential in trumpeting, whether playing a hard-driving big band arrangement or a solo baroque piece in a church. The trumpet needs to "sing" the melody - not just play it. I try to draw out each student's own personal style. I encourage them to listen to all types of music (not just trumpet) and I play quite a bit in lessons, both to demonstrate and to help them learn balance and intonation. Many "musicians" lack a sense of style - mostly because they have just a couple of dynamic levels in their pockets - loud and louder. And they don't listen to the music they want to play. It's a shame. Again - I agree on the "musician" vs. "Trumpet player" comment.