Should I stop playing trumpet after high school?

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  1. Trumpet Dreamer

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    The amount of effort required to have a successful career in one's chosen field is not that much different from choice "A" to choice "B" to choice "C". But the difference in the end is the financial reward. Any professional career will require years of hard work, dedication and sacrifice, plus a bit of chance taking. And money is not the answer to happiness, but it comes in a close second.
    In the end you make your decision...then you live with it, for better or for worse. Kinda like getting married.
     
  2. Trumpet Dreamer

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    Of course not! But I would ask the lead trumpet player in the world renowned UNT 1 O'Clock Lab Band about all aspects of pursuing a musical career. Keep in mind the lead in the 1 O'Clock is a student, although a highly advanced one. And there would be no hesitation to ask med students similar questions. Seeking input from as many sources as possible is advisable.

    I only point out there are forums available (other than TM) that will cater to the question. And speaking with an advanced student and/or an established professional is always a good idea.
     
  3. veery715

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    I am with Darten on this. Time now for some serious, introspective, soul searching. Indifference impiles you would not be happy with either choice.

    You do not need to force a decision. Instead of jumping right into college, take a break and go to work. The world has a way of leading us toward that for which we are passionate. Open your mind, and your heart, and go find your calling. Never stop playing your trumpet. It will brighten many a dark hour as you go through life.
     
  4. Ed Lee

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    With either, there is always the availability of change. If at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again. Though not a choice or always a preference, I done that and now finally am happy, yet financially broke.
     
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  6. Trumpet Dreamer

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    It is a great help and bonus to make the right decision the first time, and career changes can be quite costly, both financially and emotionally. But in the end, there is no right choice, and there is no wrong choice. To borrow a famous quote..."In the end, the journey IS the destination."
     
  7. operagost

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    This, while a shocking statement, is probably true.
     
  8. operagost

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    That kid HAD to play that horn. But you were crazy enough to BUY it! :lol:
     
  9. Trumpet Dreamer

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    Easier to become a pro NFL player? Unlikely. There are only about 1,800 pro players on the roster. How many schools have football programs? While there are multiple tens of thousands who dream of NFL careers, very few will make it to the pro ranks.
    It is far easier to get a gig that pays as a trumpet player than a gig as an NFL QB, or pick your favorite position on the team.
     
  10. gmonady

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    This is not true. If in the end, you do not have the passion for what you do (medicine or music) then you made the wrong choice, and you must live with mediocrity for the rest of your life. And you think it is because of work hours that physician's make medical errors?
     

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