A thought just sort of ran across me - I was thinking about how I play, and can sound...and I was wondering if it has anything to do with what I grew up listening to live. I was lucky enough that my dad used to be in the Sea Chanters, so I grew up listening to the Navy Band & the Navy Commodores. Anyone think that hearing playing like that at a young age can have an affect on how someone even begins to approach the trumpet? I've noticed, in myself and in my students, that trumpet seems to be a very vocal instrument, with many many many different 'accents'. To me, the way someone plays almost seems like different accents of all the same language. I also think this has a lot to do with other instruments as well...it makes a big difference when the students actually hear a real, live professional musician compared to just a recording. Just a thought at 3:23 a.m. Couldn't sleep, and thats when I start thinking.