I'm curious as to what you guys think makes a world class famous trumpeter such as Wynton Marsalis, Sergei Nakariakov, Maurice Andre etc..... To me those guys are amazingly good no doubt but I don't understand how sergei can go from the ages 12-14 and already be able to solo ahead of some of the trumpeters that have been doing it for 30-40 years, is he really just THAT much better than them? I hear quite a few people locally and randomly on youtube that sound almost as flawless as well so I'm just wondering what sets somebody apart to be world class. This video of Ruben Simeo, he can't even play the high F at the end of the carnival of venice variation ( Indeed he played the rest of the song very well but I highly doubt that another person in the orchestra couldn't have played it better AND gotten the note at the end with good tone.) Ruben Simeo-Carnival of venice (Completo) - YouTube And was sergei really THAT good to be playing ahead of the entire orchestra at 13 years old here? Am I missing something? Sergei Nakariakov.J.Haydn-Trumpet Concerto in Es-dur.1Pt.N15y - YouTube Also now that we're at it, how much daily practice do you think Sergei put in to get from starting the trumpet at age 12 to apparently almost best in the world at age 14? *** I am in no way asking or suggesting that I want to be world class (because I don't) I'm just wanting your opinions on how they got so damn good in such a fast time.