Good Evening, and thank you for letting me join your group.
I'm a 38 y/o that hasn't played in 25 years. I've been wanting to start back up for the last two years and I'm now finally getting to it. I only played for 4 years (I was an average player in symphony and jazz band). I can still read some sheet music and remember most of valve finger positions. Now that my kids are in school all day (I'm a fireman, so I get a lot of time off during week, lots of time to practice), I want to pursue playing again. I signed up for lessons beginning next week, now I'm looking for a horn (I know, kinda did that backwards). So my question is two fold:
I know I can start off with a student horn, however, I do have money in the budget for a pro horn. Was shown a real nice Cannonball 725 at the music store where I'm going to take lessons. Is that too much horn too soon? I don't want to be "that" guy that shells out 2 grand and can't even carry a tune. However, I am pretty set on pursuing this passion. Or should I just settle on a student horn and work my way to a pro horn down the road?
Second question: My goal in all of this is 5 years or so down the road I would like to put some jazz background music in and just be able to jam to it. Maybe even do some small open mic gig somewhere. Is that feasible? I know it takes a lot of work and is going to be slow go in the beginning. I'm just looking for some of you out there to share your experiences as a comeback player.