I had several different formative experiences with inspiration for trumpet where my ears perked up and I really said, "wow!" The first one that comes to mind was when I was in 3rd grade and we had an assembly with a guest college jazz band. The student leading the band was a trumpet player and at one point he did a feature of Chuck Mangione's "Feels So Good." That stuck in my head for days. Then there was my sister - she was always an inspiration because she was older and could do so much more with the trumpet than I could. There are three recordings, in order, that really knocked my socks off: 1.) Phil Driscoll - The entire "Celebrate Freedom" album - my friend's parents bought him the cassette 2.) Maynard Ferguson, MF Horn, MacArthur Park 3.) Stan Kenton '76 - Send in the Clowns Later it was a collection of classical Wynton albums and Empire Brass recordings, but those experiences above were my main inspirational moments.