Friday, December 02, 2011

A New Old Trumpet

One night as I was getting ready to leave the shelter after reading to the younger kids, I saw David (age 10) in the office trying to resurrect an old abandoned trumpet.  It seemed rather hopeless.
I learned that he plays the trumpet at school.  I also learned how much he would really like an instrument he could call his own.  Possessions are especially important when you are homeless.
So I recently put out the word to all the people I know who either play the trumpet themselves or are in an orchestra of some sort.  I was willing to pay for an instrument, but not too much.
The only real offer I got came from Blogger Cyndy’s husband, who is a professional trombonist:
I have a "Regent" trumpet/cornet (Ohio Band Instrument Co.) from about 1940.  It's a quality built horn, not junk, and it's in excellent condition.  It's a special short instrument for smaller kids, sort of a cross between a trumpet and a cornet, but it takes a cornet mouthpiece, which is slightly different from a trumpet mouthpiece.   It has a case but no mouthpiece.  I'm working on finding a mouthpiece for it.
He did indeed find a mouthpiece for it and proposed a price I couldn’t refuse.  So tonight he dropped it off before going to a gig.  He had also included a brush and cleaning fluid.  The case is a little worn, but the horn is a beauty.  I only wish I could play it.
Now I am in search of someone who could give young David a few lessons, both in the care of his new trumpet and how to play it.  It seems like the perfect community service project for a teenager.  But it might also be fun for an older musician who would like to pass along his knowledge to a younger generation.
I’ve decided not to give David the trumpet until I find this person to get him started down the right path.  I’m sure just the right person will come along, just as the trumpet itself appeared.

At intermission at tonight's NSO concert, a young Temple Micah member who goes to Duke Ellington High School and will be off to play the trumpet at a conservatory next year, came up to me to say he would love to work with David.  He is absolutely perfect to be a trumpet mentor.  I just know this is going to work out well!


Blogger Terry said...

It's a long shot, but I contacted the daughter of a friend who lives near you. She is a musician and thus has musician friends. I hope she may know someone who could help you out.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Terry -- Thanks so much for taking this initiative. My PS to this post indicates I have found a person, but the more the merrier!

10:24 PM  
Blogger e said...

Best of luck...The only persons I would know at this point who might have musician contacts are here--the Cantor for my temple and a drummer. Of the two, the Cantor is probably the best bet. I'll ask the next time I see her.

10:41 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

What a great gift you're giving. You really make things happen.

11:02 PM  
Blogger Steve Reed said...

Wow! That looks like a nice instrument! I think you're wise to wait to give it to him until he's had some lessons in caring for and playing it. Glad you found a tutor!

3:06 AM  
Blogger Pauline said...

Over and over again I am impressed with the way you notice what is needed and then find a way to provide it. You're a marvelous role model not only for kids but for retiring folks like me who are inspired by such actions! Thanks!

10:02 AM  
Blogger e said...

Terrific! I hope you'll let us know how the tutoring goes.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Cyndy said...

I'm so glad it all worked out!

4:11 PM  
Blogger Rubye Jack said...

What a beautiful story!

5:02 PM  
Blogger Alex Stewart said...

Nice Story. You really have good knowledge thanks for writing that.trumpet click is awesome.

1:21 AM  

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