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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by RHSbigbluemarchingband, Apr 22, 2009.
5th grade.........I was 11 years old and it was on a King Cornet in Waverly, Illinois.
Started playing at 20. Stopped. Started again at 60. Stopped. Started again at 68.
Glutton for punishment?
I started when I was in 4th grade, 9 years old
Been playing for 9 years now, but only the past 2 or 3 have actually been serious, haha =D
5th grade, age 12, on used Pitt-American I bought for $35 from neighbor with earnings from my paper route. Played it, and learned other horns as well through sophmore year in high school when I bought a Martin Standard. After high school continued playing in church and here and there, entering USAF (not band) and getting married. While I was overseas wife liquidated both horns and wanted divorce. She got it and nothing else, but all I got was award of depreciated value of what she liquidated of mine. After USAF in college I rented a Getzen trumpet and Minored in instrumental music. Many years passed until February 2004 when I acquired a used Conn Director cornet and began playiing again at age 67 almost 68, thereafter rapidly acquiring Conn Coprion Director trumpet, and from my late brother a Yamaha Marching mellophone and a Shilke P5-4 piccolo trumpet and from a friend given a Conn Artist euphonium and King tenor trombone. I bought a used but like new Kanstul-Besson 609 trumpet and was given a strange unidentified tuba (6 piston valves in two sets) that looks European (Cousenon ???). Yeah, I was playing them all until July 2008 when zip - stopped when I lost front upper incisor. Then cardio-vascular issue suspended immediate dental restoration ... but now I'm on track again for end of July 2010 to have full upper denture and resume. Yes, using a proprietary forensics audio computer program, I'm able to merge and sychronize all the instrument parts. In July 2008, I was playing my best ever, having at that time recorded over 280 songs in many genres. Present wife of 44 years is encouraging me, even though she plays nothing. I've a daughter who plays all the reed and flute, and a granddaughter now beginning the clarinet.
Thanks, Ed Lee, for your encouraging story. Maybe I'm not too old after all.
I started in 4th grade, on some unknown Yamaha thing. I have been playing ever since (I am in 10th grade now)
11 years old in the late 70's. Boosey and Hawkes "Lafluer" trumpet until I recently retired it for a Bach Strad (which I wish I had done much sooner!)
Vulagano Brother started playing in the Jurassic Age.
Started at age of 16.
7th Grade, I was picked out for trumpet but we didn't have money for the mouthpiece, and I dropped it. I could blow a long note though, longer than anyone which was funny because I was about the smallest.
Tried it out again here'n'there as an adult, got going with it 2 winters ago, could not take it with me traveling cross country on a 250cc motorcycle, so it had to go. I'm starting again now (age 47) because I now have a fixed location with a real address, enough to eat, a good roof over my head, and I'm far away enough from neighbors that no one minds. I feel I have the freedom to be "bad" for a while, and once I'm decent, then I'll let people know I play. The landowner here has no idea and I want to keep it that way until I have something to show.