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adonnadon
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:21 am    Post subject: Trumpet player on Survivor? Reply with quote

Hey! Do any of you watch Survivor on Thursdays? There is a guy on there named Benjamin Wade (prefers to go by "Coach" or "Maestro") who claims to be (or have been) some big time extraordinary trumpet player. On his personal website he's described as a "Renaissance Man", avid outdoorsman, soccer coach, and symphony conductor. Here's part of his bio on the Susanville Symphony website:

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One of the greatest assets of the Susanville Symphony is in their Artistic Director/Conductor and his musically gifted leadership. Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Benjamin J. Wade began as a child prodigy on Trumpet, making appearances with the Knoxville Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the New York Metropolitan Opera all by the time he was 17. Hailed as one of the best young trumpet players in the world, after winning the prestigious International Trumpet Guild Competition in 1988, Wade went on a full music scholarship to the University of Tennessee.


Umm...in the world?? I did a search on him (guess I had too much time on my hands at the time...) and nothing came up on the ITG website or anywhere else except this same blurb from his symphony bio. After reading more about that symphony, I discovered that he was the founder of the group.

We all know, as trumpet players, we sometimes have a tendency to be "confident and outgoing" (very sugar-coated statement). But this guy seems to be really over-the-top-of-the-very-top!

There has been much discussion on TH lately about trumpet players pretending to be something that aren't, and I was just curious if anyone has ever heard of this guy?

-Adonna (a.k.a. "Nosey")
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Send Cathy Leach a note. Maybe this guy has "embellished" things a bit?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Call the ego police ;P
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the show...but he's about as good as the Maestro from Seinfeld.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:08 am    Post subject: Re: Trumpet player on Survivor? Reply with quote

adonnadon wrote:
There has been much discussion on TH lately about trumpet players pretending to be something that aren't,....
-Adonna (a.k.a. "Nosey")


As perhaps the finest trumpet player to ever grace the face of the earth, and being in the top 5 musicians on any instrument in the history of mankind, I must admit that this issue is of great concern to me. I know it's kind of silly, but I feel that the light that should rightfully be cast upon me is dimmed somewhat by the crowd of pretenders.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yamahaguy wrote:
I love the show...but he's about as good as the Maestro from Seinfeld.


Yeah, I'm looking forward to this week...the previews show him "conducting" at camp and one of the girls rolling her eyes. I guess this'll be the episode that he pulls the "Maestro" rabbit out of the hat!

Mikeytrpt, what's Cathy's username?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's my opinion that a player has to be pretty damn good to win the ITG.

I know someone who won it and she was as good as anybody I have ever heard in the world. If that guy won it, then I say hats off to the guy. Bravo.

I wonder why he stopped playing... maybe a chop accident or something.

I say we dont make fun of him at any rate..

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lipshurt wrote:
I say we dont make fun of him at any rate..


Not really "making fun of him"...I just think it's interesting that he was this Joe-Trumpet in his childhood and there's zero on the internet about him except what he has written about himself...AND there's zero pics of him (on the internet or his website) with a horn in his hand from that time period. We all know that when we were kids, we HAD to have our picture taken with our horn whenever we got the opportunity...most especially when we got some sort of award or pat on the head. It kinda goes with that "confidence and outgoing" thing that we have.

Not making fun....it's just interesting.

-Adonna (a.k.a. Nosey, with too much time on her hands...)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mikeytrpt wrote:
Send Cathy Leach a note. Maybe this guy has "embellished" things a bit?


Well, who knows... Trumpet players seem to be particularly succeptible to the notion that the older they get the better they were.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yamahaguy wrote:
I love the show...but he's about as good as the Maestro from Seinfeld.


Bob Cobb? Ok, Maestro. You should see him do flight of the bumblebee. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When someone finds out for sure about his ITG claim, will you please post at least this definitive piece of information? If true, it would allow for at least some leeway in his presentation of himself. If not, well, we know where things will go from there...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember seeing him in a symphony years ago... two trumpet players, very large organization... ( on PBS).
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funny, it seems like he's watching this thread, and wisely so! Now that we're close to knowing the truth, it looks like the haranguing can begin in earnest. To quote and rephrase Capt. Jame T. Hook: "Bad form Mr. Wade, putting oneself on a self-proclaimed par with Jens and Mr. Jackson, bad form indeed..."
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

adonnadon wrote:
We all know that when we were kids, we HAD to have our picture taken with our horn whenever we got the opportunity...most especially when we got some sort of award or pat on the head. It kinda goes with that "confidence and outgoing" thing that we have.


Well, not all of us. I don't think there are more than 1 or 2 of me with my horn when I was a kid. I was too intimidated by the "A" list players my pop gigged with to ever get my horn out when a camera was around. Being asked to play by Cat Anderson or Frank Rosolino would've been enough to make me want to hide for month!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

(Would this count as "rolling on the floor laughing"???)

Check this out!!! Around 6 hours later, the symphony website has been updated:

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One of the greatest assets of the Susanville Symphony is in their Artistic Director/Conductor and his musically gifted leadership. Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Benjamin J. Wade began as a child prodigy on Trumpet, making appearances with the Knoxville Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the New York Metropolitan Opera all by the time he was 17. Hailed as one of the best young trumpet players in the world, after winning the prestigious International Trumpet Guild Competition CG Conn Award in 1988, Wade went on a full music scholarship to the University of Tennessee.


Hmm...Me thinks that the Maestro/Coach lurks and posts among us....

I'm glad the exaggeration has FINALLY been clarified. Since Survivor was taped months ago, it'll be funny to see what version he tells during the show. Like I said earlier, I saw him "conducting" in this week's preview, so this may be the week he talks up his "musically gifted leadership". Stay tuned.....
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

....."winning the prestigiousInternational Trumpet Guild Competition CG Conn Award"..................



Adonna, thanks for finding this. I think we are in for a real treat the next few days.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On Survivor, don't they bring something from home with them? If he's a real player, he'll have his mouthpiece. Or he'll make trumpets out of conch shells or tree trunks...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or he might bring his ego and a week's worth of gig stories...


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