I just thought I would share with you my experiences over the past couple days. First off I saw Ingrid Jenson on Sat night. She gave a work shop/clinic on the Fri beforehand which was pretty cool (however, they looked tired and didn't really want to be there, I could tell). The show rocked and they came into our bar of choice after the show and we all sat had talked over a couple pintes.
That was the weekend.
Ever since I heard that the one and only Jens Lindemann was coming to Moncton (.5 hour from my school) I had to contact him for a lesson. It took almost the whole academic year but I finally received a responce. He said I could meet with me the Mon of his show in the pm. They were a little late because some dufus gave them bad directions to the church. They showed up and realized that they forgot Jennifer's music. He introduced himself and grabbed me and we went on a little trip back to the hotel, treating me as if he knew me for years. I explained my plans about auditioning for a pro gig. He said, "You're going to win it!" even before he heard me.
We got back to the church and began our lesson. I had chosen Haydn, Vigen de la Macarena and if time, Carnaval (Staigers). He dumped all that and said, "You have a beautiful tone and THAT'S what we want to show off, you are going to play the Hindemith and, the Arutunian and something pretty on the Flugel. Far be it for me to argue I was just happy that he liked my sound.
That night he gave a purely magical performance and we all went out to a martini bar and ordered pizza.
When the lesson was over, he said "We are not done yet, when can I see you again on this tour?" I didn't know what to say, my pockets only go so deep. But it's not everyday you get an offer like this. I came back the next morning for an 8am lesson before he left for Fredricton. We ended up in this little storage room in the back of the hotel because nothing else was avaibale. After the lesson, he said that I better get my ass to Annapolis Royal, NS because we are still not done yet. Now this involves some driving (5 hours on my part). I am leaving today and my next meeting is with him tomorrow at 5pm. It is worth the missed classes, he is the most amazing human being and teaching the trumpet is so second nature to him.
It really is amazing when your #1 hero gives you such attention and will do anything he can to insure your successes. Jens, if you read this, I want you to know that I am incredibly in your debt and I loved our time together this past week. You are and will remain my #1 influence. I will do anything I can to make it to the Banff ITG conference.