There is another reason to do more listening, beyond the benefits you receive as a student musician. By listening to more trumpet music, you create an economic environment where trumpet art music will continue to thrive. Trumpet players are not rock stars! Making a living this way is tough.
In this new age of digital music, every bit of listening you do “counts”…and I mean that literally. When you choose to listen to one of the trumpet players on this list, instead of listening to whoever the big pop stars are at the time, you play a small part in shifting the tide towards art music instead of pop.
That benefits you two different ways. First it benefits you because it encourages growth in our art. For as long as you keep listening to it, there will be a reason for people to keep perform it. The second benefit when you choose to listen to art music in stead of pop is that you are helping to create a musical world where you can have a voice.
Think about that for a minute. If you fail to support the trumpet players who have come before you, who will be there to listen to your music when you are ready to perform?
I don’t think most students can possibly imagine the impact their listening choices have on what happens musically in the world we live in. Without enough evidence of support, music institutions (like symphonies and concert venues) struggle and sometimes close down. Without evidence of support, schools can loose their music programs. Without evidence of support, churches and other social institutions shift farther towards pop music and farther away from art.
What you listen to matters, not just to you, but to everyone else as well.