One of my favorite moments as a trumpet student was listening to Clark Terry warm up back stage before a performance. He is also responsible for helping to shape my view of music and becoming a musician. In a master class his quote to the class about improvisation was “first you must imitate, then you can innovate.” As a young musician I thought I should apply this to every facet of music in my life.
He was amazing.
NPR’s – A Blog Supreme has a great piece about him and his career.
NPR – Clark Terry
Published by Ed Castro
Dr. Edward Castro has been teaching instrumental music since 1998 and has been a faculty member of Eastside Preparatory School since 2017. In addition, he is a lecturer and affiliated artist at Pacific Lutheran University and Seattle Pacific University. Ed is a founding member of the Mosaic Brass Quintet, a member of the Lyric Brass Quintet and regularly performs as a freelance trumpeter for groups such as the Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Symphony and Seattle Symphony. Ed lives with his wife, his young daughter and Sammy the poodle.
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