The difference between a pro trumpet player and an amateur?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by mike ansberry, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

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    Don't bet on that. If whoever pays you gets audited, it quite a possibility you will also. Dad was an IRS audit inspector.
     
  2. gmonady

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    Got noting to worry about Ed. Keep an Excel file on all my gig earnings and dates, and location. AND I always declare this income to the IRS and pay my fair share to the American Public.
     
  3. Branson

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    Everyone reports the earnings to the IRS. That's the law.
     
  4. dangeorges

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    Pro = derives more than 50% of income from activity.

    Therefore if you make more than half your income from playing trumpet, you're a professional. You may not be good, but you're making money at it...

    I see lots of comments on the differences between the quality comparison between two players and using that criteria to define "professional" and "amateur."
    To me - this makes no sense. That comparison is the difference between what constitutes a good player from a not so good player...

    ...just my opinions here, of course.
     
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  5. Branson

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    It's the law, we have to follow the law.

    On the other hand, if we all followed the law, you would not have had a job.

    "such is life................."
     
  6. kingtrumpet

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    ED - my Dad and I have a small roadside stand -- albeit mostly we sell food products (which may or may not be taxable) -- but I think of it like this ----- We have a mandatory "donation" for the eggs, honey and other stuff we sell. THE IRS??? they have enough money!!!!!!
     
  7. kingtrumpet

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    YEAH -- and it feels GREAT!!!!! ((even in my community band we get paid --- mostly in ice cream, and an occasional meal)) --- and I never report this either, and I still feel GREAT!!!!
     
  8. SmoothOperator

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    That is interesting. I think I read somewhere about the better saxophones having to use their vocal chords to hit the notes above a certain range, maybe high G, where they can't really get with just the keys or embouchure. I have also notice there is some technical overlap between, falsetto technique and higher register trumpet technique. IE faster air means higher notes.
     
  9. ultratrumpet

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    Mr. Herbert L. Clarke, is it sing or whistle your way to a double high C?
     
  10. bachfella

    bachfella Mezzo Piano User

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    PRO--doesn't say things like, "5 flats?? ARE THEY NUTS??"

    AMATEUR--thinks too much (I consider myself a pro-caliber player, having done a small number of professional gigs, but I've at times been guilty of thinking too much myself!!)

    PRO--isn't obsessed with hitting a double C

    AMATEUR--is obsessed with hitting a double C
     
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