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Trumpet FAQ
An FAQ for the USENET Newsgroup
Version 1.28 
By David A. Roth
Copyright (c) 1996-2018 by David A. Roth, all rights reserved.
Date of first publication: May 25, 1997

The latest edition of this FAQ can be retrieved from:


This article is a description and primer on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the musical brass wind instrument called the Trumpet. This document serves as a starting point for anyone with an interest in the Trumpet who reads and posts to the USENET Newsgroup

The following topics are addressed:



What is and its history?

With encouragement from David A. Roth and Ellis L. Workman, Mark Van Cleave in November 19, 1994 begin the proposal process for a USENET unmoderated Trumpet newsgroup by the name of The proposal was posted for RFD (Request For Discussion). After discussion as proposed was voted on by USENET users.

There were 318 YES votes and 21 NO votes, for a total of 339 valid votes. There were 3 abstains.
For group passage, YES votes must be at least 2/3 of all valid (YES and NO) votes. There also must be at least 100 more YES votes than NO votes. There is a five day discussion period after these results are posted. If no serious allegations of voting irregularities are raised, the moderator of news.announce.newgroups will create the group shortly thereafter. passed on Thu Mar 30 08:10:31 1995
Newsgroups line:        The exchange of trumpet related information.
CHARTER will be an UNMODERATED and open discussion on all aspects of TRUMPET player information. This will include discussion of trumpet music, equipment, performance, instruction, etc. It is also hoped that will be used to encourage the growth and interaction of the TRUMPET playing community.

After the approval of, it was created and its first postings begin in April 27, 1995.

For the history of USENET, read the USENET Wikipedia:

What is the Netiquette for is a USENET newsgroup. Like most USENET newsgroups it is read world-wide. This newsgroup is for anyone who has an interest in the Trumpet. This includes a wide range of experiences, interests and background related to the Trumpet which is what makes this type of forum so rich. Anyone with access to post to the newsgroup can have a voice in any discussion.

If you don't have any interest in any of the threads of discussions in the newsgroup, feel free to start one. It is highly recommend not to waste your energy posting a complaint to the newsgroup because of a lack of topics that interest you, or because you are tired of reading about certain topics. People are posting about them because they have an interest in them and it is bad manners to become a self-appointed net-cop in an effort to control the flow of information in the newsgroups regardless of how strongly you feel about it. Look at the Subject, if it is of no interest to you then go to the next Subject that does. For example, if there are threads talking about lead trumpet playing and high notes, and you would rather see discussions about Clifford Brown then you have a choice of either posting about Clifford Brown or wait for someone else to do so. Don't be mad if they don't though since those who post are not part of your Internet Service Providers staff here to serve and entertain you. This is why it is important to select the best description in your Subject when you post a new thread so it will attract the interest of others.

As mentioned earlier, the demographic of this newsgroup is going to be diverse with all kinds of playing levels from those who are just starting to those who make their living full-time in music and who have been doing so for decades. But a Trumpet player is a Trumpet player. All are welcome. Enjoy!

How do I sign my postings?

If you want your postings to be taken seriously, it is a good idea to sign them with your full name, followed by your e-mail address. If you wish to list your affiliation with a school, also include your title such as Assistant Professor of Music, not just the name of the department. If you are a student, list that you are a student such as Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student, or High School Student if you are including the name of the school. The purpose of including the title is to avoid confusion and out of respect to the faculty that you are not speaking on the behalf of the school's music department or its trumpet instructor.

How do I buy and sell used Trumpets on the Internet?

You can do so by posting to and the TPIN. If you have something to sell trumpet related, put "for sale:" or "FS:"in the Subject header first followed by the item(s) or summary of the collection.

If you are looking to buy, start the Subject header with "Want To Buy:" or "WTB:". When inquiring about items that are FS or WTB, make sure you are replying directly to the poster and not the entire newsgroup. There is no need to make your private business transactions public and the original poster of the article might not read your reply, so it is best to reply to them directly.

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What is the TPIN and how do I subscribe?

The TPIN is the Trumpet Players' International Network. The TPIN (started on December 15, 1993) is the oldest Internet trumpet mailing list with over a 1,000 members. It is housed at Oklahoma City University, a private liberal arts university in Oklahoma City. The TPIN was founded and is administered by Michael Anderson, Professor of Trumpet and Executive Director of the ITG website.

To subscribe to the TPIN, go to the TPIN Web Site:


What is the ITG and how do I learn more about it?

The ITG is the International Trumpet Guild, a non-profit organization founded 1974.

"to promote communications among trumpet players around the world and to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trumpet."

The ITG has more than 7000 members in 64 countries. They host a web site where you can learn more about it. The URL is:

Where can I find web sites of interest to trumpet players?

To get a current list, go to Yahoo ( and do a search for Trumpet.

Where can I find web sites pertaining to classical trumpet players?

Go to

Where can I find web sites pertaining to jazz trumpet players?

Go to

Where can I find videos of interest to trumpet players?

Go to

Where can I find a discussion group about Brass Quintets?

Go to

Where can I find a trumpet fingering chart?

Most trumpet method books contain a trumpet fingering chart. There is also one provided at and a PDF which can be found at

Where can I find an article for musicians about protecting my hearing ?

There is an article published in the May, 2004 issue of Electronic Musician Magazine by Charles J. Limb, M.D. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) who is a neurotologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the National Institutes of Health. He specializes in the treatment of hearing disorders in musicians.

Here is a link to that article located on the Electronic Musician web site:

Where can I find a humor blog that pertains to brass players?

Go to

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