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13th Apr 2020

From Trumpeter to Singer, From Performer to Entertainer: A Deep Dive Into Life on the High Seas with Nicole Sasser!

Nicole Sasser is a truly versatile performer. Trumpeter, singer, quasi comedian. I got the chance to pick her brain on life as a cruise ship performer while she's quarantined thanks to COVID-19 and had a terrific time in doing so.

Here's what you'll hear in today's show:

-How Nicole first got started on trumpet...4:47

-The cruise ships were a callin'...Nicole answered...15:46

-How to not suck as a performer...20:45

-Differences in pleasing the audience vs. the event promoters...27:30

About the guest:

Nicole began playing trumpet at age 9, and has been singing all her life. Growing up in the Chicago area afforded her incredible opportunities for music, including performing at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Center with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and at Lincoln Center as a member of the Youth Jazz Ensemble of DuPage.

She graduated from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, then moved to Florida to develop as a freelance artist and produce her own shows for cruise ships. While in Florida, Nicole has performed with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Brevard Symphony Orchestra. She got her Disney start in California, where she was in the All-American College Band.

For ten years she has been making people smile at the happiest place on earth, Disney World, performing in the Main Street Philharmonic and Epcot's Candlelight Processional in the Walt Disney Orchestra and as a Fanfare Trumpeter. In 2008, she produced her first solo album with a live band, which launched her career as a headliner, and in 2012 had her first international series of concerts in Sicily, Italy. Nicole's latest project was co-writing all originals with multi-platinum producer Veit Renn, for a pop electronic dance album that she released in 2015.

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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