No, this thread is not existentialist (I didn't even know how to spell it!). This thread will hopefully describe why I spend time on this forum.
I am a past professional trumpet player who has noticed a marked decline in the ideals of Music making during my career. There is too much emphasis on the notes, and not enough about the music. This encourages robotic performance and musical voids. Recently at a regular lunchtime meeting, one major NY trumpet player expressed a similar view, quoting Bud Herseth as saying that (15 years before he retired) he would not pass the audition for the CSO job. There are students currently at Juilliard who do not recognize Bill Vacchiano's name. It is unlikely that there will be legends remembered about our current crop of great players in the way that we remember Bud Herseth, Bill Vacchiano, Manny Klein, Ernie Royal, Ray Crisara et al.
I currently play in a number of ensembles; professional, semi-amateur, and amateur; this being my attempt to bring back the Music. I work to foster recreational music making in general, and recreational trumpet playing in particular. To this end we have formed a not for profit charity. I will, in future, be directing my teaching and lecture efforts more overtly to this cause.
And, of course, I will continue to design and build trumpets, as well as repairing them.
Our charity is:
The Recreational Musician