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Trumpet Discussion Discuss Playing in later years in the General forums; I was born in April of the same year that Wilmer was born. I play in three concert bands and ...
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    Re: Playing in later years

    I was born in April of the same year that Wilmer was born. I play in three concert bands and do a good bit of church work, along with sounding Taps at several military funerals, 46 this year, thus far. The one thing that I fully intend to do as long as I have breath is to play my horns.

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    Re: Playing in later years

    I "usually" put the horn down around 11:30 every night.

    54 and still going strong!
    Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

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    Re: Playing in later years

    Check out 'El Gajiro" in Buena Vista Social Club. Not really sure how old he is but if he started gigging before the revolution...
    Doc Severinsen is in his 80's and still going strong. Maurice Andre was plagued by diabetes and teeth problem but was still playing the Brandenburg way in his 50's. Dizzy played until a few months before his death, in his 70's. I'm not sure how long JB Arban played but he lived to a respectable age for his time, and I can hardly imagine he quit.

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    Re: Playing in later years

    The only thing that would "make" you quit is if you die.

    How about this...'die first, then quit."

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    Re: Playing in later years

    I'm over half a century and still screaming in the stratosphere.

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    Re: Playing in later years

    Effectively gave up playing in 1980. Now 68. Worked through a technical career as a chemist and retired. Since retirement, I've had no desire to wash a test tube, do an analysis, or write a paper. I have, however, resumed serious practice about a year or so back and now spend a couple or more hours a day practicing. Range has increased, tone and technique has improved and now I'm playing in a community band (one formal rehearsal a week). In some ways I'm about where I was when I laid it down. Indurance isn't as good as it once was but is improving. It does take longer to warm-up.

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    Re: Playing in later years

    Im 54 myself.
    I quit when I had a bad hand injury that affects my right hand and couldnt come back to play at a pro level.
    I ran into a guy about a year ago and started talking.
    He is the sax player for a band called Seawind if your old enough to remember them.
    After talking with him for a lengthy part of time I realized how much I missed playing.
    SOOOO here I am.

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    Re: Playing in later years

    62 - life long amateur

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    Re: Playing in later years

    I went to a clinic given by Don E. Johnson. He must be at least 80-something. He could sure belt out the tunes on a moments notice. He sounded absolutely beautiful to me. And, he had a 30 year layoff due to dental problems. No excuses for the rest of us. Just have to dedicate blood and guts practice time.

    When I told him during the Q&A that I was a 49 year old comeback play he said, quote: "you do not know old".

    I am determined to practice. I am determined to get better. I am determined to be good enough to play in public. I am determined to have a trumpet life as long as I can breath.


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    Re: Playing in later years

    I too am going to get old one day - but I refuse to grow up (I've just turned 59 BTW). I reckon if you can talk and breathe - you can play.

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