Thanks for dropping us a line and firstly, congratulations over your offers for a place to study. You are correct, I am an ex-Trintonian. It's been a while since I was there however, having left in 1991. That said, I know that Trinity will never really change as a college no matter where it moves to or who teaches in it. Interesting, what initially put me off about going to Trinity when I was in your position back in the 1980s was exactly the thing that I look back on it with fondness now. I was concerned then that it wasn't like the Royal Academy of Music or the Guildhall and having been to the place, that's the best thing about it!
For me, it was very much a college that attracted individuals rather than brilliant facilitators of instruments. We knew then that some of us weren't going to be performing musicians but that didn't matter, it was the atmosphere of the place that was great. The fact is, if you've got what it takes to make it as a trumpeter, you'll make it. There's only the 'small' issue of the amount of hard work that you're prepared to put in. If you don't put the work in, you ain't going to get anywhere; it's as simple as that. Iaan Wilson was, and is, a great teacher. He was perfect for me at the time; giving me the exact amount of encouragement when I needed it - and a slap round the face if I overstepped the mark. Trumpet playing isn't rocket science - so Iaan was perfect in stopping me disappearing up my own backside in thinking that it was. The fact is - as most people will tell you - it matters not where you chose to study. If you want me to give you a real truthful answer; if I had my time again, I'd have probably gone to a university instead! The list of wonderful musicians who have never stepped foot in a music college is really quite scary you know. That said, best of luck where ever you end up, and I hope to see you on a gig soon. Best wishes, Simon