I just posted a long overdue reply in the orchestral forum. It was in answer to a question about my experiences studying under Maurice Murphy as a student at the Guildhall 20 years ago. If you read that post you will see that i have been doing some thinking about where the knowledge that I am now passing on to my own students has come from. I made a list of all my trumpet teachers, mentors, heroes and influential colleagues and thought about what they had given to me. I asked myself to write a sentence summing up the essence of what I had learned from each of them. As I stated in the other post, this has proved to be a thought provoking and rewarding exercise and is very much work in progress. I will be expanding each sentence into a paragraph and then possibly on to a few pages. This is basically for my own benefit, a kind of stock taking or clarification of my ideas about playing and where they come from. However, if anybody thinks it might be interesting I would be happy to share my thoughts as they take shape. I just want to make it clear that the following are my own perceptions of what I have learned from these people and not necessarily what they thought they were teaching me. Some of them are well known to all of us, others may be a mystery to you but they all had very special gifts for me, starting with my first teacher, who is my dad. Mr JW Langley: Stand up straight and point that thing at the audience. Johnny Lawton: Isnâ€™t music fantastic! Eddie Atherton: Squeeze your buttocks together and BLOW Tony Greening: Buy an alarm clock, a pencil and a rubber (that's an eraser in the UK by the way). Bernard Brown: Always keep an open mind and treat yourself with love and care. Maurice Murphy: Keep It Simple Stupid Ray Simmons: Be prepared, respect the music and never let yourself down. Wynton Marsalis: Play long tones. Lionel Grigson: Knowledge = Freedom. Ian Carr: Listen more than you play. Paul Tunge: Consolidate what you already have. Scott Stroman: Rhythm is more important than pitch. Cliff Hardie: The trumpet is a physical instrument, put in the work and reap the rewards. Jon Faddis: Itâ€™s a mind game, unlock the power of your imagination. Randy Brecker: Study hard and thoroughly. Kenny Wheeler: Play with courage and humility. John Barclay: Nail the f***er! Derek Watkins: Be better than the rest. Uan Rasey: Music is a gift from God - play with grace and make each note a prayer. Thatâ€™s it so far. Cheers, Noel.