Haha Veery in HS band the students get called "trumpets" "clarinets" etc all the time.
Turtlejimmy - You and I are both new players, I think? I'm a really new player and I think you're kinda new ..... I think a lot of it comes down to interest. I'd have seen tons of great players by now if I'd been interested in trumpet for the last say 20 years, money aside, I've have FOUND a way to see 'em. Portland's no cultural wasteland, and neither is the SF Bay Area which I live in the south end of, I can take the train just about anywhere.
Also, unlike in the past, if we're online, we have YouTube. No it's not like seeing someone live, but it's much better than just a book, for seeing how the greats play.