My life as a Brass Player
Every person has their own dreams, dreams they want to accomplish by the method they think it suits their styles. I also have my own dream, a dream that I must accomplish by my proud and special talent. My dream is become one of the greatest musicians in world of jazz music. It seems to be so hard but it is my life’s target and I think it is the purpose of my life.
I may have nothing outstanding when compare with other people in their youths. I come from poor family in northern of the country. Before I met the world of jazz music, I was just normal elementary student with low grade and lack of everything, while other classmates had their normal lifestyle as people from the noble family have. And yes, I am the only one who has been bullied by my classmates all time. But my life changed when I met my first music teacher who teach me how to play some brass instruments, and the first people who support me to play jazz.
Jazz music is the music played by brass instrument, mostly played as band. You don’t need to know many theories to play jazz, just let your emotion flow and play as your emotion is. Within 4 years of training under his control and support, I became famous as high school student who can play jazz music as the adult can do. He took me to play with many bands he has his personal contact or relationship. I don’t know how he can do this and why he did this for me, little children from poor family in rural area that nothing as other areas have.
You know, my favorite instrument is the trumpet, the most common instrument in the world of jazz music. I have only one trumpet, trumpet I played since the first time in that music class, the one my music teacher gave to me. I cannot explain how different from when I play my personal trumpet and when I play other instrument to any people clearly but I can feel the different, the different that made me decided to play trumpet since that time.
After I became the student of musical college, I joined the college’s jazz band but it made me feel disappointed in my skills. No matter how I tried and which method I used, I cannot play with them in my own tune, just followed their tunes till the end. In that time, my music teacher has been sent to hospital because of shock from blood loss during his weight loss surgery, surgery he applied for make him more slender as his family wanted. After I knew he was in serious condition, I cannot control myself. All I did was let my emotion flew with my tears, and that was when I can play jazz in my own style again.
After my first music teacher passed away for 2 years, I have new teacher who teach me how to write my own feeling as music. He is old man who lives with his breast cancer and brain tumor. He always say that he has only 5 years left, but he still lived with happiness without fear of the death. I don’t know why he can live like this, same as why he chose to teach me. I met him at my first music teacher’s graveyard, and he said he want to teach new student. I can explain what happen in that time clearly too, just like I had dreamt. But I can say that he made me became one of the famous jazz musicians with many recommendations for many bands.
I am still far from what I want to accomplish but I think I can accomplish my dream in next few years. I learn a lot for the best teacher I can find. I have many supports from my friends and teachers. I have many opportunities to improve my music skills. That’s why I can walk in the path of music without fear of failures and death. Like all of my teachers said before, if you have your confident to walk in your own path, you have nothing to fear.
And as all famous jazz musicians said, jazz is the music of your emotions. Just let your emotions flow, don’t control them, plays as your heart told you to play. Below I have posted a few interesting, fun stories about bass instruments and/or playing in a bass band… Which is awesome, right?