ttt.... Just back from the airport and before I dust off the rusty recital music I just wanted to send a personal BIG (!!!!!!!!!!!) thanks to Bill Spickler and Dave Stephens for having me out at this year's RMTF. It was an absolutely wonderful weekend. Dr. Murray at UNC did an amazing job hosting the event as well as getting interest out to the local community. The clinics were all great, hearing all the guests play was fantastic, the student trumpet ensembles (especially UNC on Friday night) SOLID, and people totally into the trumpet. Hanging out with students (either by informally jamming at the fest, during the clinic, or at the restaurant after our performance Saturday) was tons of fun. It's inspiring for me as an educator to see the future of the trumpet right in front of me. Keep up the great work! For $25 (and the chance to win a ton of door prizes!) it would be an incredible value without the guests... but I was very happy to come. I thought the admission could have easily been doubled and it would have represented a tremendous value still. I brought a bunch of Wedge mouthpieces for people to try and I enjoyed talking "shoppe" with inquisitive students and adult trumpeters. The highlight for me was formally meeting Chase Sanborn and hanging with him during the weekend. Chase should be the role model for all of us... he's a great player, tremendous clinician, great guy and a wonderful example of a successful musician/businessman. He makes his career happen as opposed to most of us (myself included) who expect things to happen. I read his "Music Business Tactics" book on the flight home and it will be a MUST have for all my performance majors. I'm also extremely excited to pull out the tuner and work with the drones on Tuning Tactics. I'm going to really enjoy finally learning to play in tune. Thank you Chase! (Chase Sanborn his books are a great value... commercial over ) Next year's event is going to be an amazing weekend of music... anyone within a 5-6 hour drive (or flight!) should check it out. Anyone who wants detailed notes from my clinic who attended send me a PM and I'll provide them to you. Without die-hard fans like Bill and Dave who poured tons of time, effort, and money into the massive amount of organization these events would never happen. Please say "thanks" to them by telling your friends about the event. Let's make RMTF '09 the biggest yet! Regards, Trent PS: The final performance of the mass trumpet ensemble in the ampitheater was fantastic!