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What can I say? I'm a trumpet player and song writer. At the start of it all is my mother, who happened to be a piano teacher. As such, my sibs and I were forced to learn the piano at an early age (5). It sucks when your teacher is also your mother, as you can never get away without practicing, and your practices become impromtu lessons. When we were old enough to join the school band we had the option of dropping the piano for another instrument. My sister chose the clarinet, my brother followed my father and took up the drums. Me? Well they didn't have bagpipes. so the next most annoying instrument I could think of was the trumpet. Yes I took up the horn as vengence, and it worked. Everytime my mother would ask if there was a way to make it sound better, I would reply, "Yes more practice". The result of all this practice was that I actually got good at it. I was enrolled at the conservatory, which I dreaded. I expected some old stodgy classical musician to be my instructor, it was the conservatory after all. What I got was a really cool guy named Marty van der Weerd, a jazz trumpeter through and through. He had a huge influence on me.
It is now many years later, Marty is comparing notes with Gabriel, and I am now looking to release my first cd. It's to be called 'Street Scenes' and its intended to help the homeless as a way of charity. 50% of net proceeds to the Rainbow Kitchen soup kitchen. At the same time, I want to produce something that's really good. I think I've done just that, I hope you think so too.