What age did you start playing trumpet?

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

  1. Shofarblast

    Shofarblast New Friend

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    I started in the 4th grade. Now I'm 48 and have played off and on all those years. I play a Bach Stradivarius I got in 1981 at college. It's a great horn. Made in 1967 according to the serial number. It's good to be here. :)
     
  2. SPFTrumpet

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    Started the summer before 4th grade, so I was 9..now 22, music ed degree, still playing every day. My first horn was a Bundy (it was my dad's when he was in school.)
     
  3. TrumpetTheKid

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    I started in 4th grade, but due to my lack of maturity and patience at that age, I quit after 1 month (actually not even that, I quit after 3 weeks). I started again in the 7th grade and got hooked and hope to major in music in college and go on to professional playing. Not counting the trumpet I owned for 3 weeks in 4th grade, my first (and current) trumpet was a Yamaha student model that for some odd reason, had a 3rd valve made entirely out of plastic, although I got it switched out for a normal metal one.
     
  4. tpsiebs

    tpsiebs Piano User

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    Age 8 on a second hand peashooter. Got a Bundy the next year and played that into my Freshman year of HS. Selmer Radial2 until undergraduate in 1977, then bought a Strad so I could be like everyone else - got the large bore with the 25 bell. Played that through grad school - put a 72 lightweight bell on it about 15 years ago. Flamethrower!!

    Now I'm playing on my Committees - heaven.

    IMO, 8 is too young. Physically, I wasn't ready - permanent teeth not in. Mentally, I was not ready for "reading" and was illiterate for YEARS. I don't think bad teaching but rather not differentiating the instruction to maximize my learning style.
     
  5. mandyg233

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    I started at 12 years old, a week before 7th grade. I rented a student RS Berkeley for about a year, than I upgraded to my wonderful Bach Strad!
     
  6. Aussie Matt

    Aussie Matt Pianissimo User

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    26. Played for about a year. Put it down, life got in the way.
    Now 40 and been heavily into it again for about 8 months and absolutely loving it.
    Started on my Dad's old 59/60 Martin Magna but bought a student trumpet better suited to where I'm at.
    I'm surprised at how far I've come in such a short period of time but I've been playing music for most of my life so something must have rubbed off somewhere. Trying not to look behind me and wonder 'what if I kept playing from 26?' and instead am looking forward to the rest of my life playing trumpet.
     
  7. Darten

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    I was 9, and my father found a Burbank Benge for $50.00 in a pawn shop in Pasadena. Oh.. I wish I still had that horn.
     
  8. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

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    . Lay your instrument down to eat, sleep, and other diversions.:cool:
     
  9. Martin Williams

    Martin Williams Mezzo Piano User

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    Started as a senior in high school on a King Tempo 600. I was a sax major in college, but trumpet is my go to instrument most the time.
     
  10. gmonady

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    Age 9, Olds Ambassador.
     

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