As I was helping some younger players before trying out for a middle school band last week, I had a breakthrough.
You may not beleive most of this, but this is what I was able to come up with...
What it takes to become a great trumpet player.
1. You have to be the standout. There are so many times I am shunned from group because I'm a band nerd. No, I dont like Xbox or whatever other teens are doing these days, but who else gets payed $50-$200 on gigs?
2. You got to love it.
Face it, if you dont respect it or enjoy it, you'll suck.
This is what I think "separates the men from the boys" in trumpet playing, there is a personal take for every trumpet player.
By the way, I am only 15 and yes, I do make about $50-$200 on playing gigs with a german polka band.
(Edited out #1. Was unclear of what I meant to say in the first place.)