Thanks, I'm enjoying the site and its improved format. I still have a number of fixes and tweaks to make, so please be patient as this is a learning path for me.
I've lived in various places, but mostly the western United States. I was born in California, grew up near Fort Collins, Colorado. Lived in Boise, Idaho, Colorado Springs, CO, Boston MA, Worcester, MA, Pawtucket, RI, Southbury, CT and various parts of Utah, where I now reside.
Outside of the US, I have visited Canada, Mexico, Belize, Japan, So. Korea, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary & Turkey. It's always difficult when people ask you "What's your favorite place to travel to?" The answer (incidentally, it's the same when I'm asked what my favorite food group is) usually sounds something like "Whatever my most recent trip was!"
I have some pretty neat connections in the music world and have studied with some really fantastic musicians. One of my mentors was a direct student of James Stamp. Another was a student of Roger Voisin, and I am good friends with two ITG Presidents. I have performed live with Marc-Andre Hamelin, Sam Pilafian and other great musicians. I have heard countless trumpet maestros perform live, mostly at the ITG Conference. I even met Maurice Murphey two years before he passed. That was a real treat!
I am a member - decided to join when MH370 went down off the WA coast, and thought there may be a need for a Bugler. Bought a Getzen Field Bugle. I have never been called upon, but have introduced an American friend from New York City who has emigrated here.
I play regularly for ANZAC Day on the British Bugle.
Still enjoy the BAA Newsletters, and always ready - if needed.
Later it was found out the whole thing was a big misunderstanding and the person labeled a crook was nothing of the kind. The "expert" came back with an apology all around and life went on. However the damage to the reputation of the person blasted had already been largely done.
This is why I say, "I love mankind, It's just that people get in the way"