While visiting family in Columbia, SC recently, I was able to connect with James Ackley, trumpet professor at the U. of South Carolina, and a highly sought-after player in the local region. It's always a treat to do an interview in-person, rare as they are, and this one didn't disappoint. I know you'll enjoy hearing what James has to share related to trumpet, life, and how the two often intersect!
Here's what you'll hear in this episode:
-James Ackley's plans for retiring from trumpet?...01:23
-There are scary players out there you'll never hear of...06:23 (that's part of why this podcast exists, fyi)
-Founding origins on the trumpet...09:35
-Shortcomings in commonly accepted education methods...16:23
-Why a major conservatory took a chance on a green James Ackley with just over 2 years of playing experience...23:30
-Why returning to the United States wasn't necessarily essential to raise happy children...31:07
-Non-musician wife bears the burden of life with a pro trumpeter...38:42
-The music scene in Columbia, SC...41:25
-Rapid fire questions pertaining to peak musical performance...45:08
-The virtue of putting out an album that won't go platinum with sales...56:00
-Plus whatever your discerning ears deem worthy of your time and interest...
-Within the Sphere of the Master by Tim Kent, narrated by James Newcomb
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Lessons with Bud
Have you heard of a fellow named Bud Herseth? He's only the greatest orchestral trumpeter of all time, and now you can listen to a series of lessons, notes, anecdotes and in-the-trenches advice for free. This 57 minute audio is available for a limited time. Head over to lessonswithbud.com to learn more.