Three Musical Skills
I was a music major and grew up in a musical family. I learned to play piano from a new orleans dixie piano player in a group called "Sons of the Whiskey Rebellion." Later on in college I had to actually learn to play. I started trumpet in 5th grade and played all the way through my sophomore (second) year of college before traveling for 18 months with Christian singing group called "His Ambassadors." I learned simple guitar to make up songs for my children. So now it's time to dust everything off and get back to music.
His Ambassadors: This is where the album I am on starts. I'm the third guy from the right.
These are the trumpet players that influenced me.
Maynard Ferguson: Went to so many concerts. Extraordinary talent.
Bill Chase: His fusion of jazz and rock still rings true today over 40 years.
Rafael Mendez - Flight of the Bumble Bee
Louis Armstrong with Duke Ellington "In A Mellow Tone" on The Ed Sullivan Show
Get ready to rock 'n' roll! It's time for Music. Don't worry, you don't need to know your Bieber from your Beethoven to take part in this challenge. Whether it's a garage band in your neighborhood, a busker on the street, or a world-famous rockstar on stage, the challenge is all about capturing the energy, excitement, and emotion of music performances or anything connected to music - instruments, the audience and listeners and more importantly the emotions and feelings that music evokes in us all. Fun, peace, happiness, comfort during troubling times - music binds us and lifts up our souls. A great photo will try to capture some of that. Now, here's the fun part - all you need to do is stick to the theme! You can shoot in black and white, color, with flash or without, from the crowd or up close and personal with the performers. You can focus on the musicians, the audience, the lighting, or any other aspect of the performance that catches your eye. The key is to let your creativity run wild and capture a moment that truly encapsulates the spirit of the music. Whether you're into metal, pop, hip-hop, jazz, classical or anything in between, there's something magical about capturing the energy of musicians that transcends genres and speaks to the universal language of music. Music and photography are creative arts - show us how you bring them together.