How/Why did you start playing trumpet?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by trumpet blower88, Jul 1, 2005.

  1. Bugler997

    Bugler997 Pianissimo User

    Mar 22, 2005
    In third grade, I saw an orchestra concert, and was facsinated at how the slides of "the instruments with big slides" moved in unison.

    In fourth grade, I signed up for band. The instrument with the big slide was called "trom- something." Since trombone wasn't offered, I checked the "trumpet" box. With my parents I went to the music shop, asked for a trumpet, and was introduced to an instrument I had never before seen, it wasn't the one with the big slide! I kept my mouth shut, for fear of looking stupid, and learned how to play that one.

    Now, of course, I'm glad that mix-up happened. I almost shudder of the thought at playing trombone rather than trumpet.
  2. R.A.S.

    R.A.S. Pianissimo User

    Oct 13, 2004
    Woodbury, Minnesota
    I started as a tuba player back in fourth grade. By seventh grade, I played well enough that my parents were paying for private tuba lessons with a student at the university.

    I encountered two problems:
    1) There weren't many gigs for a professional tuba player
    2) A 4-valve rotary Miraphone I wanted was really expensive

    In ninth grade I bought a trumpet for $75 and started to play in the junior high jazzband (lead, of course). I have no idea how a big tuba embouchure translated to trumpet high range, but...

    It has been all trumpet since then. I enjoy playing all styles of music, except that I never learned how to improvise from chord charts. I made it through undergrad, grad school (masters), and during doctoral studies had the priviledge of studying with Manny Laureano - a real great!
  3. Ryan

    Ryan New Friend

    Jun 13, 2005
    Honestly, I just had a feeling that trumpet was for me. I just had this urge to play trumpet and in 5th grade I started. I thought about Flute, tried it, and couldnt make a sound. I played a trumpet, I knew it was for me. I guess it was just an impulse. Thank God I followed it :).
  4. BigBadWolf

    BigBadWolf Piano User

    Nov 30, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA
    I am much like the last poster. In 4th grade we tried out every instrument for a couple weeks at a time. I liked the trumpet and in 5th grade started full time.
  5. PJB

    PJB New Friend

    Dec 2, 2003
    Niceville, FL
    In the early 60s, my father was assigned to an Air Force base in northern California. As a result, I attended grades 4-6 in the California public school system which, fortunately for me, started band programs as early as the fifth grade. So, I began playing trumpet at the age of ten, 43 years ago.

    When I decided to play in the school band, my desire was to play drums or saxophone. However, my parents owned two instruments--cast off from older siblings--so I was given a choice of either a Getzen cornet purchased new for my brother and an old metal clarinet another brother and sister had played. Needless to say, I went for the cornet!

    Early in high school, the cornet was replaced by a Conn Connstellation that I bought used. In 1974, the Conn was replaced by an LA Benge 3X that I bought new (it's still my main horn). I've added to my stable of horns in the past few years, most recently a 1950 Olds Super that Charlie Melk completely restored for me.

    After a somewhat self-imposed ten-year hiatus from my horn due job demands and excessive business travel, I started playing regularly again in 2002. Now, I play with two big bands (mostly the jazz book, sometimes lead) and occasionally sit in with our local symphony. At this point in my life, I plan to continue playing until I'm physically unable to do so. Hopefully, that time is many years away.
  6. old geezer

    old geezer Pianissimo User

    Dec 26, 2004
    we started band in the 5th grade and since my dad was a really good trombone player that was the horn for me - unfortunately I was to short to reach the last several positions so I spent $50 of my paper-route money and bought and used conn cornet. never looked back. old geezer Dave :oops:
  7. Mr. Semman

    Mr. Semman Pianissimo User

    Jan 5, 2005
    West Brookfield, MA
    When I was 12, a classmate who lived up the hill got a trumpet, so I wanted one. My Dad purchased a Buescher Aristocrat. He loved to hear me play. Still does.
  8. bobbyafs

    bobbyafs New Friend

    Jun 30, 2005
    luke afb, arizona
    I started in 6th grade on percussion, but got tired of tap, tap, tap, etc. so i thought the baritone would be cool after 2 weeks i switched to cornet so i could talk to my best frind during class. 1 week later i was 1st chair and i had found the woman i was to marry (the trumpet). i had Conn cornet with a hole in the lead pipe the i put a band-aid on so you wouldn't here that annoying buzz.

    In 8th grade i auditioned for H.S. band and made. Now my high school had 2 campuses a 9th garde campus and a 10-12th campus. The 9th grade campus had 2 bands. A concert band and another that if you didn't make the concert band it was like going back through middle school. I placed 1st chair in concert band, and when i went on to 10th placed first chair in wind ensemble. Saddly to say we did not have a jazz band. Shortly after high school i had a radiator blow in my face and had gotten 3rd degree burns from face half way down my chest. I got pretty discouraged and all but completely gave up the horn. That was almost 12 years ago and 2 months ago i pulled my trusted strad. out and now look out lead players i am coming for ya....not really but [email protected]$n it i am not giving up this time i will be GRRRRRREAT.
  9. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

    Sep 29, 2004
    I was 12 and in 7th grade.

  10. G-MAN

    G-MAN New Friend

    Nov 21, 2003
    North Vancouver
    I always loved the sound of the french horn when I was younger so I went to a summer band program and played the french horn. In the fall of that year I joined the North Vancouver Youth Band but the band director at that time would not let us start on french horn but rather on the Eb melophone. I did not want to play that so I said I would play the trumpet instead. I have been playing ever since and now actually am the conductor of the senior division of that same band.

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