1991 King Silver Flair
1953 Olds Super (LA)
1979 King KG1055T (pre UMI) Silver Flair
1940? Olds Ambassador (LA) tenor trombone
I'm not responsible for offending people -- people are responsible for themselves taking offense at me
Started playing when I was eight... which was about nine years ago.
My first horn was some old scratched up Yamaha we rented from a local music shop. Unlike a lot of kids nowadays, my parents weren't the ones who decided that I should play an instrument. I just heard my neighbor playing the Star Wars theme one day, and I was obsessed with the movie, so I asked my mom if I could get lessons. Turned out that my neighbor was a professional musician and he ended up giving me lessons for about five years, until I moved away. :)
(Wow, I have enough equipment to make a list now!!!!!)
(~2007) Bach Stradivarius Bb Model 37
(~2013) Bach Philadelphia Stradivarius C
"Don't believe everything you read on the internet."
I started at the young age of 12, which was the earliest you could start band in Auburn. First horn was a King 1501, great horn to put a beginner on. It plays up there with some pro level horns. It plays better to me than a friend's Xeno. Recently bought a Strad for college and beyond, although I'm a freshman...
2014 Bach Stradivarius model 37 w/1st trigger
Sound is the number one priority.
I've been playing for eight-nine years. I started in second grade with a pocket trumpet. In third grade I switched to a standard Bb trumpet (which I still use today) and I'm currently entering my junior year in high school.
Been playing mostly pop and jazz (Latin, swing, big band, etc) songs. I'm in the school's jazz band, in an independent band for paying gigs and I also play out on the street.
I think songs like Alianza, Oye Cómo Va, Sway, It Had to be You and Bahía de Manzanillo have been my favorite to play so far.
In seventh grade I tried out for our glee club. The music teacher told me to take up an instrument that covers my mouth. That's when I picked up the horn.
Getzen Eterna Doc Severinsen Model
Just passed my fourth anniversary on trumpet with my main horn, a 1959 Conn 6B. I also have a 1911 Holton New Proportion cornet, serial number 13,xxx. Love it. More important than anything else, I have learned to form a somewhat flute-like embouchure, make a tiny aperture, blow soft and easy, keep the corners tight, and slip almost effortlessly into a high C and beyond. Tone, focus and consistency above the staff need a lot of work, but I am happy.
I would also say that getting that teacher is crucial as well as meeting other veteran trumpet players who have never turned me down for suggestions when I have asked for help. When I get to a double high C, I'm going on the road.
Started when I was 9 years old, thats about 10 years ago..
Yamaha YTR 8310Z Bobby Shew
Yamaha YFH 631G Flugel
1921 Conn 81A
Twelve, I think, and I have no idea what make horn it was. When I was 10 a cousin of mine got a new trumpet and asked me if I wanted his old cornet. Another cousin gave me a lesson, and that's as far as I went.
When I was 12, our English teacher came into my geography classroom and asked if anyone wanted to play in a school band that he was forming up. I just sat there disinterested. Then he added this little jewel - if you played in band, you didn't have to do PE, which I never liked, and at that moment we were doing basketball, which I really hated. My hand shot up in the air. And that's when I actually started playing. Pretty funny how cavalier I was considering I went on to make a career out of music. I and my parents thought that if I was going to do it I might as well do it right, so they got me a teacher.
The horn my cousin gave me was an Austrian-made cornet old as the hills. The valves froze so my dad got me a horn that worked, an American student model cornet, no idea what make. I played that for a couple of years, got a Selmer trumpet for a short time and then got a brand new Connstellation which I played for the rest of my school years and part of college.
You can't blow it if you haven't lived it.
"Even if I could play like Wynton Marsalis, I wouldn't play like Wynton Marsalis."
Martin Committee (1956)
Connstellation 38B (1959)
LA Benge 3X (1970s)
Hans Hoyer G-10 Geyer Horn
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