I began playing trumpet in the fifth grade. I remember enjoying the challenge of using my breath to create lots of loud sounds with just three valves! My first goal was to play in marching band and later, when I heard Maynard Ferguson’s high-note trumpet music, I wanted to play as loud and as high as I could possibly manage.
That’s the thing about trumpet. It’s cool! It’s loud! And it’s the lead instrument in many types of bands. You can play trumpet in Pop music, marching band and orchestra, in Jazz bands, Latin bands, Ska, Funk, or R&B bands, and horn-driven rock bands. You can even play EDM or House music, if that’s what you’re into.
My first year of middle school, I won an award for most practice hours. “Practice, practice, practice” was my trumpet teacher’s mantra—not that I always practiced exactly what he wanted me to, lol! Playing scales over and over might have been boring, but I knew I had to stick with it to get to the sounds I wanted to play. It’s true, the more you practice playing trumpet, the more you learn how to control your breath and play what you want without thinking about the mechanics. That’s when you really start to enjoy making music.
If you want an instrument that lets you stand out in a group, trumpet’s a great choice! Trumpet players set the style and tone for the rest of the band, along with piano, guitar, and drums. As a trumpet player, you learn the teamwork skills needed to play well with other people. Playing trumpet has taught me leadership skills, given me confidence in myself, and allowed me to thrive in social situations where I might otherwise have been uncomfortable.
As an instrument you play with your breath, trumpet has lots of health and fitness benefits. It improves cardiovascular fitness, strengthens your core, requires good posture, and develops your motor skills, strength, coordination, and dexterity. Playing trumpet teaches the discipline to practice, show up on time, and keep your instrument clean. These are benefits that sneak up on you.
I’m a life-long student of trumpet and find there’s always more to learn. I teach from my own experience and believe that playing music should be fun! As someone who grew up with a learning disability, I have a unique perspective on how to teach. My youngest student so far started at nine years old in beginner band, and at the end of her first couple of months studying with me, she was moved up to regular band class (which is normally for second- and third-year students).
Does trumpet sound like an instrument you’d like to try? Or if you already play, improve? With the intent to work at it and a seasoned trumpet teacher who’s well connected in the LA music scene, you’ll be able to advance quickly, step by step, and soon have fun while enjoying trumpet’s many benefits!
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