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James Ackley Shares How Enthusiasm Trumps Inexperience, Why Happiness is Within, and Tips for Peak Musical Performance!

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...

Resources mentioned:

-Within the Sphere of the Master by Tim Kent, narrated by James Newcomb

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Lessons with Bud

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About the Podcast

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The Story of the Trumpet, In the Words of Those Who Play It

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James Newcomb

"James, thank you for the wonderful experience of getting the chance to talk on your show. You create a warm friendly atmosphere, and ask interesting questions that lead us to interesting places! I thoroughly enjoyed our interaction and really respect your skill and depth as a host/interviewer."

--Chris Gekker, Professor of Trumpet University of Maryland

"Dear James, Thanks for featuring me on one of your podcasts.  I enjoyed our interaction and appreciated being asked questions about my early music roots when I was growing up in Kimball, Nebraska.  All of your questions were well thought out, and I could tell that you wanted to know more about me and who influenced me, rather than the usual career highlights type of questions typically asked."

--David Hickman, Professor Emeritus Arizone State University

"Dear James, Thanks for inviting me to be interviewed on your podcast. I truly enjoyed our conversation. You helped me feel quite at ease and kept things moving with thoughtful questions and pertinent observations."

--Stanley Friedman, Prolific composer, former orchestral trumpeter

"Dear James, I am very happy that I could talk with you about trumpet and other important things in my life. Your knowledge and friendly atmosphere gives me a good feeling. I hope that this interview will be helpful to the trumpet players."

--Slawomir Cichor, Polish trumpet soloist and composer

"James is great. He's personable, relatable and keen to the insights we'd all like to glean from fellow players. Thanks for your awesome contribution to the online trumpet community and I look forward to many great episodes in the future!"

--James Blackwell, Lead trumpeter and freelance artist

"James was such a pleasure to talk with during our interview. He asked all the right questions, made me laugh and feel at ease while also creating engaging discussion. His genuine interest in my new works for guitar quartet and trumpet highlighted all the most important aspects of the project. Thank you James for creating this opportunity to contribute and be part of the trumpet community."

--Sarah Herbert, Professor of trumpet Western Kentucky University