What age did you start playing trumpet?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by RHSbigbluemarchingband, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. scaramanga

    scaramanga New Friend

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    Misspent youth so nothing until 16 - bugle.18 - tpt. Pro ever since (31 years). Without music I think I may have been an addict or alcoholic - trumpet is a healthy addiction...
    I never want to stop learning.
     
  2. Gliss Girl

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    I had just turned 44 when I started playing the trumpet. Now I'm just a couple weeks shy of 46. when I began, I switched from French Horn (that I had started as a comeback player after 25 years) to save the tiny local community orchestra I play in - the sole trumpeter had gotten high blood pressure, and his doc told him to quit playing. Initially, I thought I'd switch back to F. Horn if we could recruit a "real" trumpeter. We never did. In the mean time, I joined, along with my Euphonium player husband, a much larger community band that plays a lot of swing and includes a MF alumni in the section. I became inspired. I quickly progressed through three horns - student Yamaha, intermediate Bach (both rent-to-own plans) and just a couple of weeks ago took the plunge and committed for life to a brand new 1S/2 Calicchio. Trumpets, I discovered, are just way too much fun, and a challenge. I'll never let anyone tell me again that the French Horn is the hardest brass instrument - although I loved to believe that as a former F. Horn snob. If that was true, the trumpet should have been a piece of cake.

    So, I owe my trumpet-playing - now my greatest beloved diversion - to another person's high-blood pressure. I bet not too many can say that.
     
  3. Jackson Arch

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    Dad started me out at age 9 just before entering 4th grade. First horn was a York. Played through High School and off and on during college. Stopped at 22. Just started again a couple of months ago at age 49.
     
  4. Stephenspiegel

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    started at age 8. That would be in 1949. First paying gig at age 15. First horn was a Bundy. Then a Conn Then, then, then...... ending with a Martin circa 1924.
     
  5. Al Innella

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    Started in 7th grade ,had first lesson in 8th grade in 1962, had a 1934 Martin Imperial , never stopped playing,still have the horn but no longer use it.
     
  6. jgambill

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    I started playing at 62 on a Sonare 800.
     
  7. NYCO10

    NYCO10 Pianissimo User

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    I started at age 10, on a Olds ambassador. I am now 15 and play a Bach Strad 37 ML (with a bach 2c Megatone mouthpiece) and have just taken my grade 8 :)

    Peace NYCO10
     
  8. Prince of Denmark

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    when I was 15. a conn 18.
    now Im 16 :p

    ETA.

    I play a bach strad 37
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2010
  9. melza

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    I started at 29yrs am now 34, and my trumpet is an Artiste brand. I am serious about playing and becoming a professional jazz musician even though starting late in the game.:play:
     
  10. christineka

    christineka Pianissimo User

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    I was in 7th grade, so 12 years old? (Went to private before with no band program.) I wanted to play horn, but the band director wouldn't allow kids to play horn and told me I had to play trumpet instead. I had a Blessing, which wasn't a blessing. After a year it was traded for a Bach Strad, model 43. Then I got to high school and learned to play horn.
     

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