Playing in later years

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by F.E.Olds, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. oldlou

    oldlou Forte User

    Aug 28, 2005
    Grand Rapids, Mi.
    I was born in April of the same year that Wilmer was born. I play in three concert bands and do a good bit of church work, along with sounding Taps at several military funerals, 46 this year, thus far. The one thing that I fully intend to do as long as I have breath is to play my horns.

  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    I "usually" put the horn down around 11:30 every night.

    54 and still going strong!
  3. Phil986

    Phil986 Forte User

    Nov 16, 2009
    Near Portland, OR.
    Check out 'El Gajiro" in Buena Vista Social Club. Not really sure how old he is but if he started gigging before the revolution...
    Doc Severinsen is in his 80's and still going strong. Maurice Andre was plagued by diabetes and teeth problem but was still playing the Brandenburg way in his 50's. Dizzy played until a few months before his death, in his 70's. I'm not sure how long JB Arban played but he lived to a respectable age for his time, and I can hardly imagine he quit.
  4. DaveH

    DaveH Piano User

    Nov 27, 2003
    The only thing that would "make" you quit is if you die.

    How about this...'die first, then quit."
  5. Markie

    Markie Forte User

    Jan 4, 2009
    Clarksburg, WV
    I'm over half a century and still screaming in the stratosphere.
  6. terrytuner

    terrytuner Pianissimo User

    Sep 23, 2010
    Effectively gave up playing in 1980. Now 68. Worked through a technical career as a chemist and retired. Since retirement, I've had no desire to wash a test tube, do an analysis, or write a paper. I have, however, resumed serious practice about a year or so back and now spend a couple or more hours a day practicing. Range has increased, tone and technique has improved and now I'm playing in a community band (one formal rehearsal a week). In some ways I'm about where I was when I laid it down. Indurance isn't as good as it once was but is improving. It does take longer to warm-up.
  7. wolfmann

    wolfmann Pianissimo User

    Aug 19, 2010
    Im 54 myself.
    I quit when I had a bad hand injury that affects my right hand and couldnt come back to play at a pro level.
    I ran into a guy about a year ago and started talking.
    He is the sax player for a band called Seawind if your old enough to remember them.
    After talking with him for a lengthy part of time I realized how much I missed playing.
    SOOOO here I am.ROFL
  8. fels

    fels Piano User

    Jun 8, 2008
    Colorado Springs
    62 - life long amateur
  9. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight Pianissimo User

    Apr 7, 2010
    I went to a clinic given by Don E. Johnson. He must be at least 80-something. He could sure belt out the tunes on a moments notice. He sounded absolutely beautiful to me. And, he had a 30 year layoff due to dental problems. No excuses for the rest of us. Just have to dedicate blood and guts practice time.

    When I told him during the Q&A that I was a 49 year old comeback play he said, quote: "you do not know old".

    I am determined to practice. I am determined to get better. I am determined to be good enough to play in public. I am determined to have a trumpet life as long as I can breath.

  10. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

    Oct 18, 2007
    The Wide Brown Land
    I too am going to get old one day - but I refuse to grow up (I've just turned 59 BTW). I reckon if you can talk and breathe - you can play. :-)

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