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12th Sep 2022

Freak Lip Injury Forces Change in Career, Perspective on Trumpet's Role in Finding Our Calling in Life. [Podcast Archive]

"Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray." --Rumi

Beth Peroutka had a seemingly unlimited future in front of her. Blessed with a musical upbringing, and an indomitable desire to succeed in whatever she did, she appeared to be on an unstoppable course to her dream gig with the "Pershing's Own" military band in Washington, D.C.

Of course, everyone feels unstoppable when they're young...

Beth played trumpet - a lot. Through high school, undergrad at the University of North Texas, graduate studies at Baylor University, and in her doctoral studies again at North Texas.

It's what she did.

And if you asked her, she probably would have told you it's who she was.

The pain in the lip began during the first year of doctoral studies. It would come and go intermittently, then gradually with more frequency and intensity in pain. Then one day during a symphony rehearsal, the pain seared through her face, going as far as underneath her eye. Her lip was the size of a golf ball; the bruising was extensive.

Beth's days as a trumpet player were effectively over.

Anyone in that situation would ask themselves, "What could I have done differently?"

Obviously not play so much. Maybe not play while teaching lessons; maybe pass on a few gig opportunities so you can get proper rest.

It's easy to be critical in hindsight, or from the sidelines.

What's not easy is to move on when everything you've done, everything that makes up your identity is no longer there.

Perhaps it was a quest to learn the precise physical issue behind her injury (to this day, its cause is unknown).

Perhaps it was a means of finding closure, of seeking a life full of the joy and fulfillment she once knew as a musician.

Whatever the case, Beth began a journey into the realm of nutrition, fitness and biochemistry. She eventually became a certified personal trainer, working out of her garage, helping her clients discover balance in their bodies, and in turn their lives.

Beth no longer mourns the abrupt end to her musical career. She's realized that whether she's playing a trumpet, or helping someone relieve pain in their lower back, she's on a big stage.

The reward for performing on this stage is not the praise and adulation of paying patrons, nor from positive client testimonials.

It's being in sync with her Creator in body, mind and spirit, living her life in a way that He gives the thumbs up and says, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

In this conversation with Beth Peroutka, you'll hear:

-Beth's start on the trumpet...05:20

-Passionate, highly motivated and dedicated musician...09:00

-How the injury manifested itself to the point Beth could no longer play...14:00

-Coming to terms with the new reality...19:30

-Realizing what brings true fulfillment as a professional...26:45

-Practical fitness tips for musicians...29:35

-What makes a successful life?...38:30

And much more...

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn

549 Health and Wellness - Beth's personal training website

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About the Podcast

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

And what a story it is...

"Honestly, I had no idea what would come of the show when I began it in 2016," says founder and host James Newcomb. "I knew that podcasting was something I enjoyed, and I enjoy trumpet, so it seemed like a good idea."

Well that so called "good idea" is still going strong here in 2022 and beyond. It has become a show with a global audience, featuring trumpeters of all stripes and experience levels from all corners of this Planet Earth. People just like you and me who have real lives, and real problems, and maintain their love of trumpet in spite of everything - and want to impart their experience and knowledge of trumpet, career building, longevity, health and wellness, spirituality and much more with listeners of this show.

So grab a hot beverage, your favorite chair and press play on an episode (true listeners listen at 1x speed ha ha).

Here are some people you may have heard of sharing their experience as a guest of the show:

"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

Again, thank you for checking out our show. We hope you enjoy it, and hope to meet you either online or in person!

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"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