Date: Wed, 17 Sep 1997 21:50:02 -0400 (EDT)
From: Timothy B Hutson <>
Subject: Text of Marvin Stamm Interview

     Here is the entire text (Whew!) of the Marvin Stamm interview
     pertaining to the TPIN and his experiences with the Internet.  I have
     to say that if I could do the work he is doing with kids, I'd be not
     only proud but grateful that I had something of value to give.  At
     some point in your life you start to think of what it all means and
     what it was all for.  You then consider helping others with what ever
     intrinsic value you possess.  As Woody Hayes the great Ohio State
     Football coach often said, "You don't pay back.  You pay forward."
     You give to the young not necessarily to pay back what you have been
     given, but to create a better version of it for the future and the
     Here is the text:
     "Like many other muscians, Stamm has begun to utilize the internet
     (email him at, primarily as a vehicle for
     communication.  One day while reading an online trumpet players
     discussion group, he found himself exemplified in quite a
     condescending manner.  In a posting that focused on employment
     opportunities, a trumpeter wrote 'Buddy Rich, when asked by Johnny
     Carson on the old Tonight Show for advice to any upcoming young
     players replied, Get out of the business now! you need to seriously
     evluate your potential, the competition, and the job opportunities.
     The advent of sequencers, etc. and the decline in symphony orchestra
     concert attendance are all a part of the limited professional
     position.  Marvin Stamm, for instance, one of the top NY polayers,
     seems now to be hustling gigs playing with high school bands while
     being sponsored by yet another instrument maker.'
     Obviously, this person had no real knowledge of Stamm's carreer and
     work at present, and, feeling the need to set things aright, he posted
     a reply that read, in part, 'Having never before posted anything to
     the "List", I am nevertheless compelled to do so now...Everyone who
     knows me knows of my strong envolvement working with young musicians,
     and I, along with many of my colleagues whose names are often spoken
     here, take that involvement very seriously.  We hope to keep the
     tradition alive by passing on our love of music to others.  Even if I
     was only "hustling gigs playing with high school bands," I would still
     be giving my best effors because I feel that imbuing that love of
     music in those young musicians who may come after us is certainly as
     important a contribution as any other gift we may give in our careers
     as musicians.  To see those efforts spoken of in so off-handed a
     manner is demeaning to all of us who believe that those efforts can
     and do make a difference."
     "As for my 'being sponsored by yet another instrument maker,' in a
     career spanning over 35 years, I have played and been a clinician for
     five of the major manufacturers.  To be asked to give of your
     knowledge and experience of many years of performing is an honor as
     well an  opportunity that not all musicians are presented with, and I
     feel that none of my efforts as a clinician, consultant of designer
     for any of these companies invalidates my prior work at another...."
     "...few people understand that for most musicians, music is a calling,
     not a choice we make or even a business.  We play music because we
     must, because it is our life!  We follwed this path because, at some
     point in our lives, we realized that this desire to expresss ourselves
     throught music was the all-encompassing entity that fulfilled our
     lives.  It is the motivation that drives us always to strive for more,
     to attain that which others deem impossible.  For me, it is the best;
     it doesn't get better that this!"
     <end of article>
Tim Hutson
Principal Trumpet