I got my first trumpet for $119 brand new Conn Director in 1967 or 1968. I started in elementery school band that year at 10 years old. I played her until 1973 when mom took me to Pearson music in Raleigh, NC where I play tested a lot of silver trumpets. I was excited to get the Schilke B6 for $481.50. I am 53 now and have played for 43 years. I lost the Schilke in 2000 and got a 1949 Martin Committee Deluxe in 2009. I played a lot of horns inbetween the Schilke and the Committee.
1949 Martin Committee Deluxe
Schilke 13a4a ( 80% )
Bach 7C ( 15% )
Bach 5V ( 5% )
9...and haven't stopped yet (now 55)
I was nine years old when I started (I'm 23 now). My school district started the kids in 4th grade so that's when I started. I can't remember my first instrument but I know that it was a Bach.
Bach Stradivarius 180S37 Model 37
Bach Stradivarius "Philadelphia" C
Bachelor's Degree in Music Education - Frostburg State University, Class of 2011
Master's Candidate, Trumpet Performance - Ohio University
Started on an unkown cornet model in the summer before 3rd grade...7 years old. Switched to trumpet and got a real and serious instructor in 5th grade.
Started when I was 15, stopped when I entered college at 18-19 years old and resumed playing after a 30 years hiatus on the same trumpet: a Blessing XL, probably the most expensive gift my parents had ever bought me at that time.
I started playing at age 12 in 7th grade, a year behind the flock in my school. My parents bought me a used long cornet. I can't remember the make. It was a major purcahse for the family at the time. I worked for my father to make money to have it overhauled and refinished when I was a freshman in high scool. We traded it in when I was senior for a new Besson Stratford cornet. As I recall, in the 1960's there seemed to be an even ratio of cornets to trumpets in the school bands.
My first trumpet was the Olds Recording I purchased at a yard sale in 1974. I am still playing my horns at age 62.
1984 Kanstul F Besson MEHA
1952 Olds Recording LA
1972 Bach Stradivarius 37
1951 Leblanc Cornet Paris
I started in 4th grade, at age 9, with a Bach student trumpet (unsure of the model), and been playing since!
- Bach Student-Line (model unknown)
- Bach Stradivarius Model 37
- 1988 Benge 4PSP
- Mouthpieces: Bach 7C, Bach 3C Megatone, Schilke 15, Benge 7E piccolo
My band: Visitor Parking
Started in fouth grade on an Olds Ambassador/Olds Recording/Schilke B3,B1/Getzen Eterna/ Yamaha and still playing at 69.
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