How/Why did you start playing trumpet?

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  1. Bugler997

    Bugler997 Pianissimo User

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    I was 12 and in 7th grade.

    ML
     
  10. G-MAN

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    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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