What age did you start playing trumpet?

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  1. ozboy

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  2. TerryR

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  3. retro23

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    When I got my front teeth... about 8 years old I think. First horn was an ELKHORN by GETZEN... still have it.
     
  4. sounds7

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    I actually started twice because we moved. In Indiana they were putting me on a cornet at age 8 in 3rd grade but we moved back south and I had to wait until 7th grade to resume my music at age 13. I could have had 5 more years of playing experience if we had just stayed where we were.
     
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    I KNEW IT!!! A Born-Again Trumpet Player... Save us all... Save us all... Save us all!
     
  6. RicardoStalwart

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    I have been around music all my life but I just started playing the trumpet last year at the age of 20 any one who tells you its too late is lying; I practiced alot last summer and Ive managed to play in my colleges small Jazz band and I actually have couple recordings. I constantly have to remind myself to stop beating myself up for not getting started earlier, but everything happens for a reason. I met Christian Scott a famous trumpeter at the Bohemian Caverns last year and he said " never stop playing man" and I haven't. I love all my late starters I feel much less lonely....
     
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  7. catello

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    The trumpet comes to those who are ready to receive it.

    I also played music all my life - starting with piano before I was 5. When I was in middle school, I sat down in the trumpet section the first day of band. The director, seeing a huge row of potential trumpeters and sparse interest in the other sections, asked if any of us wanted to try something different. I wasn't yet wedded to the trumpet, so I went and sat with the saxophones. He handed me a tenor - way too big for me - which I honked on for 3 years and developed a healthy, brass-centric, derision for reed instruments as a result. Upon entering high school, I decided I wanted to be a drummer in the marching band. This turned out to be a good move - helps to develop a good sense of rhythm and timing. During my sophomore year a friend was playing a trumpet, very badly, and I thought I might like to try that. I was quickly hooked and over 30 years later, I can't imagine not playing trumpet.

    Years after starting to play trumpet, I was in a community band that for a time was lead by the same middle school band director. I would remind him of my 5 lost, formative years, on trumpet and would muse about what I lost from that decsion. Or would I have left the trumpet behind, like I did with the sax, and missed out on all the pleasure I've had playing the horn?
     
  8. RicardoStalwart

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    Nice/Interesting.... I believe everything happens for a reason. My desire to play and learn is greater now than ever and it definitely keeps me going. f I was like 12 I would have probably thrown in the towel.
    A trumpeter named Ambrose Akinmusire who is just genius speaks of the same benefits of playing drums and his timing; he studied a syncopation book drummers use to improve his timing. Also Im sure you learned a great deal playing the sax even though you would have rather spent that time on your horn. I actually want to learn the sax but I don't know if I want to share any time with my trumpet ha-ha maybe after I go pro.
     
  9. mickvanflugel

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    Believe it or not: I started on trumpet just two years ago, at the age of 44 (and thereĀ“s so much more I hope...)
    Yes, a late start :oops:
    Had been a trombone player for 32 years though. Finally found my way into the higher register.:roll:;-)
     
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  10. keigoh

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    I first started playing trumpet when I was in sixth grade, and I'm an eighth grader right now.
    My first trumpet was a Yamaha brand, and I still use it today :)
     

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