New, returning trumpet player here...

Discussion in 'Introductions and Greetings' started by ButchA, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. ButchA

    ButchA Pianissimo User

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    Greetings... I found this forum the other day and decided to check it out. Great place! :D

    I am a returning trumpet player after many years. But I'm also a trombone player and euphonium player (don't hold that against me...).

    My prized possessions are:
    1966 Holton Collegiate trumpet
    1965 Conn Director 18H trombone
    ...and now: 2009 Jean Baptiste pocket trumpet (birthday present)

    Anyway, I was considered a "utility musician" in school band back in the day. I was never 1st chair, but made it as far as 2nd chair trumpet. I got braces after 8th grade and could no longer play trumpet & french horn. So... that led me to trombone and euphonium. If you look at my musical progression, you'll see where I ventured.

    Trumpet: 4th grade --> 7th grade
    French horn: 8th grade
    Trombone: 9th grade & 10th grade
    Euphonium: 11th & 12th grade
    also..
    Trumpet: 11th grade jazz band
    Elec guitar: 12th grade jazz band

    This was all back in the late 60's and 70's. I started with trumpet, but then, somehow, someway, realized that I must have been blessed with some sort of gift. I could literally take any instrument and doodle around on it for a while, and then quickly learn to play it. Thus, I was never a dedicated 1st chair, all county, all district, all state, type of musician.

    Anyway, I am glad I found this forum because I still play my old Holton Collegiate trumpet. But due to the fact that I don't have the strong embouchure anymore to really make the ol' trumpet sing, I still play it. I can just get up to the high "A", but I just can't hit that high "C" anymore. :-(

    With all of this said, I look forward to reading lots and lots of information about trumpets. I have a lot of memories with mine, and it seems that even though an instrument can sit in a closet for months at a time, you never forget how to play. You might be rusty, but you never ever forget how to play.

    Anyone remember the old Holton Collegiate trumpet? :D :cool:
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    Also, regarding trumpet mouthpieces, here's my assorted collection:
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    ...And the Jean Baptise pocket trumpet? Here it is too:
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    Anyway, I look forward to reading a lot more about trumpets, trumpet playing, and getting my chops back into shape. I just need to work on tone, range, and finally hitting the high "C".
     
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2009
  2. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to TrumpetMaster Butch.

    Glad you found us.
     
  3. MJ

    MJ Administrator Staff Member

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    Welcome Butch!
     
  4. s.coomer

    s.coomer Forte User

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    Welcome to TM, enjoy your stay.
     
  5. Sofus

    Sofus Forte User

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    Very welcome to TM, Butch!
     

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