When I was a kid I remember watching "Young Man with a Horn" I honestly don't even remember the movie any more, but for some reason this clicked with me as a kid in 3rd or 4th grade, and it prompted me to ask my folks if I could play the trumpet. At the time my folks said no.....until several years later when in 7th grade I had the opportunity to try a trumpet through a band program at a different school. Made decent sound first shot at it, so I asked my parents again if I could play it. After a bit of reluctance, they finally said yes....It came pretty easy for me early on and it gave me some positive feedback to latch onto...Not a bad thing for an early adolescent. So I'd say Harry James was my original influence. I was given a bunch of records of Al Hirt from my grandpa (a professional piano player in our area in the 30's and 40's) that were cool to listen to later on. After that I'd say in HS Wynton and Maynard were probably two of my favorites. Gave the horn up for 10 or so years, but couldn't stay away. Coming back, my inspiration was Louis Armstrong, and then more recently Wayne Bergeron.