I just have a few quick notes to add. First, before the concert even started, Bud was brought out on stage. The applause erupted for about a minute and then a standing ovation followed. The show of admiration for Bud by the audience clearly got to him. When he finally got around to speaking, he sounded a little choked up and admitted that it would be difficult for him to play in such a highly emotional state (but that he would try anyway). He didn't just try :)
It would have been interesting to know how many trumpet players were there. I know there were many from different cities in the US, even some big names, who bought tickets and sat in the audience, not to mention the people on stage. I can tell you what a moving experience it was to see such a tribute to a trumpet player. Well, to call Bud a trumpet player is an understatement; perhaps a trumpet artist is more correct. I don't know Bud, but I can imagine knowing that what you have done with your life has mattered to so many people has been a touching moment. We all want to think that our contribution will touch a life (in a positive way). Personally, I cannot imagine a more rewarding life event than that. And he has earned it (IMHO).
Congrats Bud on 50 with the CSO. Don't conduct; we'll all miss the trumpet playing. I look forward to attending the 75th anniversary gala in 25 years. I just hope that I am still able to play when I am in my 70s.
Below abridged, because you who were interested have already read it :)
Ryan MacGavin wrote:
> Greetings everyone. For those of you that couldn't make the Bud Herseth
> Tribute Concert in Chicago, it was definitely a huge point in trumpet