Wait till he gets to the mental issues. We all know they come to hear the trumpet, not the oboe
i did not read all the posts - kind of like reading all of the letters to the editor - lots of repetition- but the topic is one that i have thought about for a long time.
I am 64. i have played trumpet since 5th grade. In my late 20s i was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (no hippa privacy here). This is an auto-immune issue that attacks the spine. One common consequence is restricted chest expansion. I have found that my chest expansion is modestly reduced as i age, but is probably above normal for other AS progressions. I credit this to playing Trumpet (and working out regularly-but that is hand in hand - playing trumpet is a work out). So i offer this as a testament to the beneficial qualities of playing trumpet. My breath control is not quite as good as it used to be. I also suspect that AS may impact my high register since i have some issues with "air stream" etc.. But i think of the alternative universe and i am very grateful that i have played trumpet for 51+ years.
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