Hmmm... Pardon me if I have somewhat of a rock 'n roll, jazz/pop, type of trumpet appreciation.
Favorite trumpeters (influences)
Lee Loughnane (Chicago)
Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
Jeff Tyzik (Chuck Mangione's lead trumpeter)
...and of course Chuck Mangione himself.
I remember being a little kid around 8 or 9 years old when I first heard "You Made Me So Very Happy" by Blood Sweat & Tears and thought to myself, "Wow I didn't know you could put trumpets, saxophones, etc... into a rock band!" Same with Chicago a few years later. Chicago blew my mind when they came out with "25 or 6 to 4", because I was learning both trumpet & guitar, and the song wanted me to rock out on both at the same time! Then after following Chicago through all their various albums, I discovered Chuck Mangione and wanted to play flugelhorn just like him. When my parents wouldn't buy me a flugelhorn I played along (tried to) with Chuck Mangione's albums and kept paying attention to a wicked lead trumpet player also on the records, and learned that it was Jeff Tyzik. I started listening more closely and marveling at his tone and range thinking to myself, "Good Lord, how does he hit that note?" (i.e. in the song "Bellavia")