To The Brightside
After playing trumpet for 62 years and teaching trumpet and jazz for 42 years, I switched to valve trombone. My friends in the trumpet world referred to my move to trombone as "moving to the darkside". I am not sure exactly what happened but after playing valve trombone for several years I am able to play trumpet again. I guess that my body needed time to heal. It was after a latin band gig that I experienced significant throat pain and decided to stop playing trumpet. Playing Valve Trombone was a very rewarding experience and my band "Sweet Basil" allowed me to play at a high level.
I blew the dust off of my old trumpet and am once again playing on my Yamaha "Heavy Wall" trumpet with a Bach 1C. I know that some musicians can switch between trumpet and trombone but it is too early in my return to trumpet to know if this is possible or if I want to move between the two instruments. I guess my trumpet playing friends would say now that I am moving to the brightside.
The above photo was taken at Trinity Episcopal Church in Parkersburg, WV after my wife Dorothy Bryant and I finished playing a Christmas Eve Service. It is the first time in several years that we have performed together.
I am also playing with a new band that Michael Tobar, pianist, and I have started. We call ourselves the Athens County Dixie Stompers. It is a six piece band that plays early jazz. After playing dixieland music with Michael on All Saints Sunday at our Christ Lutheran Church I knew that I wanted to do more of this wonderful music which is the foundation for the jazz we know today.