I personally feel that sounding (not playing) Taps is a tremendous honor, I never quite understood this till about eight or nine years ago. Let me back up a lot and tell you a story. Back in my hometown of Sidney, OH we always had a Memorial Day Parade and the high school band always marched. When we got to the cemetery one of the band members would sound taps and then another standing way off would sound the echo, always very moving. My junior year I was supposed to be the echo, when it came time I could not get a note out of my horn. I was so ashamed and so embarrased as I had performed many solo works since 7th grade. Needless to say I never tried again as I was just too emotional. Fast forward about 45 years and a gentleman we went to church with passed away and his wife and daughtrs asked me to sound Taps for him, I reluctantly said yes ( I play my trumpet a lot in church). I struggled with the idea of doing this till the funeral but I made it thru just fine even though each time I do this I still get a large lump in my throat. I will say that is one of the best things I have ever done. The little town we lived near has an active American Legion Honor Guard to salute veterans at their funerals and everyone without fail has expressed how much it meant to them to have live Taps. It has given great satisfaction to me also as it humbles me to honor their service. I have now done this more times than I care to remember and on numerous occasions people have tried to pay for this but I say no as it is the least I can do.
Bugle or trumpet doesn't matter if you let your heart do the playing.
They can get to be a challenge. The one I referred to in Palm Springs, most everybody's shirts/blouses were 3/4 soaked through before the first tune was over. Probably the dumbest gig I did along those lines was in a mall parking lot in the middle of summe in L.A. No cover and no audience. They were smarter than to stand on hot asphalt in the blazing sun.
At my age I don't think I could handle that. I'm not so proud that I won't drop out if circumstances dictate. I'd like to live to play another day...☺
There's few things that are as satisfying and addicting as Punch cigars. I use to smoke them like they were going out of business and one day realized I needed to quit. I've not had one between my lips in decades but as I write these words, I'm reminded just how wonderful they are. Yep, there just a little addicting. I can control most things. Punch cigars are not one of them.
The highlight of the year was playing with our band at our local Remembrance Day ceremonies. My dad was in the First World War and I have relatives, mostly gone now, who served in WW2, so remembering is important to me.
I used “Drone Tone Tool” for about six months when I was spending at least 30 minutes daily on the “Rusty Russell 19/30 Long Tone Routine”. I saw this in January 2018, revived on either TH or TM. I added the drone to this to improve my intonation. It seemed to help me and it was relaxing. When I have more time I will start this or a similar routine again with the drone.
Rusty's 19/30s is awesome. He really helped me build my endurance.
This post is probably not entirely consistent with the direction Dr. Mark intended for this thread, but here goes anyway.
I was listening to one of my Pandora stations this afternoon while catching up on some reading before trumpet practice. I chose my Bobby Hackett station. Hackett was not a spectacular player, but he made a lot of good music that I enjoy listening to. He died the year my oldest son was born, 43 years ago.
@Kehaulani Yep, Kehaulani I posted about my mirror image Knickerbocker in that string. I still haven't found out the history of the origin of the instrument. One thing I can tell you is that it is a peashooter of probably no significant worth. I've got all of $60 invested in mine. It plays alright though.