Very much a part-time musician these days, but there was a time....
Way back in ..ooo.. 1966/7-ish it must have been, a small, dapper bloke with a moustache visited our village primary school and asked if any of us little people wanted to learn how to play the trumpet. Fortunately for me at least, he was none other than Graham Walker, soon to become principal cornet with Yorkshire Imps and one of the leading figures of the British Brass Band scene of the '70's.
Nine years later I was again under his tuition as 1st trumpet with the North Yorkshire Schools Symphony Orchestra. When I and trumpet lead Laurence Killian, complained that some practise piece he'd produced was 'unplayable flute music', he borrowed my instrument, and from cold played our part up a fifth, double-speed first forwards, and then backwards. "Do you still reckon it's unplayable, Lads?".
I'd been playing semi-pro for a while but this dose of reality helped steer me towards a career in engineering!
Anyway that's enough of me for now.
All the best,
PS, the strange Title is courtesy of my old maths teacher (Miss) Pat Teasdale, legendary trombonist and conductor of our school Brass Band