Small Town Trumpet Prof Shares Personal Injury Experience, and Why We're So Afraid to Talk Openly About Musical Injuries.

In this episode, Javian goes in-depth regarding some of the challenges he's faced on the mental side of the horn, and why a change of scenery was exactly what the doctor ordered when it came to successful music making!

In this conversation with Javian Brabham, you'll discover:

-The arts scene in southern Georgia, northern Florida Panhandle area...02:30

-Javian's trumpet backstory...04:30

-Viewing ourselves as athletes in making changes to our playing setup, physically and equipment wise...17:50

-Injuries to musicians are not talked about enough...23:20

-Getting out of a dark place emotionally, physically and spiritually...32:44

-Shifting perspectives re: the trumpet's role in our lives as we age...40:05

-Plus whatever your discerning ears deem worthy of your time and interest...

About the guest:

Dr. Javian Brabham serves as Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Valdosta State University and principal trumpet of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. He holds a Doctor of Music from Florida State University in Trumpet Performance, with a certification in college teaching. He completed a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Music Education from Florida State University. He has taught on the faculty at Young Harris College as the Assistant Director of Bands, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Summer Music Academy.

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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."

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