Just wanted to briefly share that I have finally accomplished a major trumpeting goal that I had been working toward for a couple years. This little event is personally gratifying, certainly, but I share this bit of news in hopes of encouraging other comebackers and beginners who might be experiencing frustration or discouragement. We often discuss what might positively affect progress for those of us new or recently returned to trumpeting. Good gear certainly helps, along with intelligent practice and sound instruction, but one essential in my experience is simple persistence: you just have to keep after it. I do not feel it necessary to share particulars about my goal because it was personal and its achievement should not be construed as some sort of universal goal or milestone. I encourage other beginners and comebackers to set reasonable goals of their own and commit themselves to accomplishing them.