Injury-Free Trumpeters

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by bamajazzlady, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. bamajazzlady

    bamajazzlady Mezzo Forte User

    May 16, 2011
    Can anyone name some pro trumpeters who managed to avoid injuries throughout their careers or if they have had any injuries were able to recover completely and return to playing? As a beginner this matters to me.
  2. EdMann

    EdMann Mezzo Forte User

    Sep 20, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Most of the pros I've come to know have had little or no problems with their chops throughout their long careers: Paul Litteral, local lead player who spent years on the road with James Brown, the Stones, David Bowie, has never had an issue. I play next to him most weeks and his chops look like he doesn't play on them. No marks even after a three hour gig. Others will go unnamed, but they have told me that even after long tours and heavy lead duties that they've been fine. Perhaps it's all a matter of degree. Those of whom I'm aware with issues and have gone public with them have all seemed to recover. Of course, the best course for a young player to take is prevention. Stay fresh and let pain guide you. If you feel any, STOP.

    I've got a slightly separated upper obicularis oris muscle, but I've made necessary corrections and I'm fine. Just be careful. It's metal on skin, after all!

  3. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

    Jan 30, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    I saw Doc Severinsen cop a whack in the chops from a guitarist. They were standing side by side, and began to sway in unison on a rift, then the Guitarist got out of sinc, and Wham... not nice to watch. Looked like his chops and teeth copped the knock. Doc kept playing, but about an octave lower. It kept him off the top notes for awhile. He obviously came back OK.

    I have done a search on YouTube, but cannot locate the incident.
  4. patkins

    patkins Forte User

    Nov 22, 2010
    Tuscaloosa, AL.
    Al Hirt had a brick trown in his face knocking out teeth, He recovered. Chet Baker was mugged loss teeth despite loss of teeth he kept on playing. Clifford Brown was in a motor vehicle accident and nearly died. He was about to give it up and I believe Dizzy, visited him and he recovered his near fatal injuries after over 1 year in the hospital and rehab. He played for several years becoming one of the top trumpeters in his age, Only later to be killed prematurely in another vehicle accident. Cliffords early death may have been one of the greatest losses to the arts.
  5. stradivarius151

    stradivarius151 Pianissimo User

    Mar 1, 2010
    When Wayne Bergeron was little, he fell and chipped his teeth on a car (isn't that it?). However, it is believed that it allows him to put more air through the horn. Combined with his upstream embouchure, he was able to play Double C before Low C when he started playing.

    Still, I don't think you should try to slam your face on a car.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2012
  6. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    Better that than being caught whacking a cop with a chop!
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  7. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    Then there is Freddie Hubbard that was so drugged when playing he turned his lips to hamburger from loss of sensation that he was damaging his lips, or Louis Armstrong that destroyed embouchure muscle. Louis overcame his deficit by scatting, Freddie never really did gain back what he lost. Most pros want to stay pro, and know when they reach their limit. When you start loosing control of your notes, that's the point to stop. You need to be drug and alcohol free to recognize that point.
  8. PerunaPete

    PerunaPete Pianissimo User

    Nov 3, 2005
    I believe Rafael Mendez had two accidents in his lifetime. The first one was when someone smashed his trumpet into his face by carelessly opening a door and then, in his old age, he was struck by an errant bat at a baseball game. The last one was more difficult for him due to his age but he still managed to play some before retiring a few years later.
  9. Buck with a Bach

    Buck with a Bach Fortissimo User

    Dec 29, 2009
    Canton, Ohio
    John Eth, motorcycle accident. Messed his chops up bad, during comeback he started messing with mouthpiece design, hence his line of X-Stream mouthpieces. From what I've heard from Youtube and other clips, he's come back pretty strong:oops:
  10. Dave Mickley

    Dave Mickley Forte User

    Nov 11, 2005
    Bud Herseth [sp] major car accident involving his chops worked at it and came back strong. one can recover from most injuries if they have proper motivation [ a good embouchure teacher helps, not many teachers out there are true emboucher teachers]. we are fortunate in the Indy area to have a great emb. specialist, can help any brass player with their chops.

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