Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Rants of a Passive-Aggressive Trumpet player.

It is no secret that trumpet players are a bit....self-absorbed. The old joke goes..."How many trumpet players does it take to screw in a light bulb?...Only one, he holds up the bulb and the world revolves around him" As a trumpet player myself, I have know many trumpet players (and other musicians for that matter) for whom that is true. And there is a certain pride that came from chairs and solos and stuff. Did you play first trumpet or third or whatever.

I've always been a part of this and it is hard to let go of the competetiveness that comes when you are playing with other trumpet players. But for the most part I know that I'm a pretty good trumpet player but by no means a professional. Still there is a pride in territory as well. So imagine my surprise when I got my Easter music for the church and found out that I am playing many more trumpet two parts than trumpet ones. The other trumpet player is one whom we've brought in for several years, but who is in college and a horn player by day. This is the first year I haven't played lead on the vast majority.

My first thought is "Is my music director mad at me?" The second, "Darn it, I'm doing this for free. I could easily get $200-300 for being a trumpet player for Easter, but I stay for my church an do it all pro bono. This is my home turf, I should be playing lead."

And of course it is silly to even think it. Afterall, there is a lot of music and three services. Splitting it up will help both our lips stay strong through all the music, but I can't help but think that my counterpart is going to be smug about it. Afterall, last Easter I was forced to endure lots of bragging by the other trumpet player who is smack dab in the middle of the bragging, "I'm better than you" music part of life.

And I am glad to be out of it for the most part, but I sure did realize that I might never let that trumpet pride fade entirely.


liz said...

Well... as someone who has dated, um, a few trumpet players (I lost count after 8) I can attest that you are very much in the minority, personality-wise! And that is a compliment. ;)

I'm sorry you were disappointed. I know I'd feel the exact same way. Heck, I even get mad when I have to sing second soprano, and that's just a range thing - has nothing to do with talent!

Vicki (aka Kodi's mommy) said...

Wow! I had no idea. Maybe I'm lucky I have no musical talent...I'm not sure I could deal with the competitiveness (I have enough of that when I ride!).

Naomi said...

I wish we had you at our church for Easter and Palm Sunday. Our trumpet guy is ok, but he biffed his solo on All Glory, Laud and Honor right at the very beginning of the service, so it was a little painful to hear him. He's a good kid and all, but I miss you and all the Oles that were professional in performance.