"Perhaps the greatest gain for anyone who studies human behavior is an appreciation of the wonder and mystery, the awesome potential for creativity present to some degree in everyone. The trumpet provides a challenging means of expressing this creativity, and I am grateful to be able to participate as a player and teacher in such a process." Keith Johnson wrote these words in the Introduction to his book, "The Art of Trumpet Playing." I can think of no better way to describe my own approach to, and philosophy of teaching.
Performing, teaching, and studying trumpet has been a major part of my life for many years. It has brought me great pleasure and satisfaction, as well as many difficult challenges and obstacles to overcome. The trumpet is one of the oldest of musical instruments, and exists in various forms in every culture in the world. Virtually every moment of celebration and worship in history has been marked by the sound of trumpets. Trumpeters have enjoyed place of honor next to kings and queens, and the sound of their calls have sent men and women to war. Virtually all of the religious and spiritual texts of mankind include many important references to the powerful, meaningful, even magical sound of trumpets. The greatest composers who ever lived have composed glorious and inspired music for the trumpet, and the great trumpeters of the past have elevated the instrument to the very summit of musical expression.
To play the trumpet today is to be connected to this vital tradition. It is my intention to share this living tradition with my students, and to aid them in achieving their goals as trumpeters, brass players, and fully educated musicians.