My son IS a trumpet player. I started playing French Horn in 4th grade, but stopped after 6th grade. Maybe even before that, I don't remember now. We beat on the kid to at least put down a towel when he was practicing in the house. He finally figured it out. I don't know what he does now. That's somebody else's problem! French Horns don't have spit valves. You have to turn them and turn them and then drain them out the lead pipe. Kinda rude, really, but it's under more control than just opening a valve and letting fly. All this talk about brass and I bring up the kid, which means I have to boast about him. It's a requirement that I'm a revoltingly proud parent. He has played all over the place, starting in middle school. We may think duke 'o' frock is the Forrest Gump of TB who has played with everyone. My kid is becoming the Forrest Gump of trumpet. He hasn't been around as long, but he's played at the various festivals in the US and Europe and has toured all over the place with several different bands. Orgone is probably the closest to well known, but the one I think is most interesting is another LA funk band - Mestizo Beat. Both are a great show if you can catch them. He doesn't play with Orgone that much, but he plays with Mestizo Beat just about every time they go on. If he keeps at it, he will eventually get to the point of being one of those unknown people who has played with all kinds of different better known musicians.