New Zealand-born Wilson has stuck with the trumpet and is now principal trumpet in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. She grew up in Nelson and Hamilton, enjoying being part of youth orchestras and the local operatic society, and after studying at Auckland University went to London. I hadn't experienced anything like that before - more people, bigger city, brighter lights, everything was going on. I worked really hard and got a scholarship to do some post-grad study and I freelanced there for about eight years, which was really fantastic.
Wilson played in numerous orchestras, from the Royal Philharmonic to the BBC Scottish Symphony, at gigs ranging from Formula One events and Buckingham Palace to concerts in tiny, out-of-the-way churches where performers were invited to afternoon tea afterwards. Fortunately, I really enjoyed that.
It was fun. However, she was homesick for New Zealand, so she and her husband Iaan Wilson, a noted British trumpet player and teacher himself, moved to Christchurch, where she had a job in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Although they loved the South Island, it was difficult for them to make a living as freelance musicians so they moved first to Auckland and now live in Brisbane. She has a full-time job with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and he teaches at the conservatorium and directs the Brisbane Brass. In the Sinfonia's concerts next weekend, Sarah Wilson will be playing Haydn's Trumpet Concerto, written in when the trumpet was undergoing major technical changes.
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This should leave the end of the rod covered in cloth and the cloth should have a slight bulge to it at the tip of the rod. Pull the fabric down the side of the rod and with the round bottom of the rod planted firmly in the palm of your right hand, grasp the rod with your thumb and fingers so that the cloth is taut. Pick up the trumpet with your left hand by the valve casing and use the rod to swab out the inside of each of the valve casings.
The cloth on the rod should fit snugly into the valve casing; snug enough so you have to push a little to fit it in, but not so tight you have to fight it or so loose it doesn't grab the inside of the casing. If the swab is too loose, lift the cloth back over the top and twirl the rod around a little more than half a turn and that will make the head of the swab bigger. If it's too tight then lift the cloth up and un-twirl it just a bit and that should make it fit easier. After all the old lubricant has been removed, we can wash the trumpet.
Fill the sink or tub up with lukewarm water not hot , deep enough so that the body of the trumpet can be submerged under water.
Mix in some soap, just like you were going to do the dishes. First, take the mouthpiece brush and clean out the mouthpiece in the water, running the brush up the bottom, or shank end, of the mouthpiece. Rinse and set aside to dry. Next, immerse the body of the trumpet in the water and run the flexible bore brush through all the slide tubing and the mouthpipe. You can push the brush down the bell but be looking down the first valve casing and stop when the brush gets that far.
Now that the body has been cleaned it needs to be rinsed. Run lukewarm water all the way through all the tuning until the water comes out clear and then find a place where you can set the trumpet down on its bell so it can drain but it's in no danger of falling over. Clean the slides next in the soapy water.
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Run the brush all the way through the tuning slide but only down to the end and back of both sides of the three valve slides. Rinse all four and stand them upside down in a place they can safely drain. Finally, take each valve one at a time and just hold the actual valve, the gray part with the three holes and six ports under the water and very carefully use the mouthpiece brush to clean out any debris in the ports. Rinse the valves off and stand them straight up in a safe place where they can't fall over. If the bottom valve caps are dirty this is the time to wash them out as well.
Take your second towel and wipe all the parts dry and then lay them out in the same order as when you took the trumpet apart.
Then pick the body of the trumpet up and swab out the valve casing once more, using a clean part of the cotton cloth. Now it's time to reassemble the horn, and we'll start with the slides. Rub a thin coat of slide grease on the inner slide tubes of the first slide and then push the slide onto the body of the horn, then do the same with the second, third and tuning slides.
Wipe off the little bit of excess grease that you'll find after you've pushed each slide in. Next, pick up the first valve and place it part way into the first valve casing and place a few drops of valve oil on the valve itself and then push it the rest of the way in and tighten the top valve cap.
Then do the dame for the second and third valves. At this point pick up the trumpet and work all the valves up and down for a short time and see how they feel. If they feel good then it's fine; if they feel a little slow then you'll have to take them out again and swab the valve casings out once more. Once you're happy with the way the valves feel, you can put the bottom valve caps back on.
It's a good idea to put a small amount of slide grease on the threads of the bottom valve caps. Without the grease the caps could be hard to get off the next time you take the trumpet apart. Cleaning and Polishing the Outside Just use a clean dry cloth to keep the outside of the instrument clean. There are lacquer polish cloths available that are okay to use which are treated with a wax that cleans and shines and won't hurt the finish of the trumpet. If the instrument is silver-plated instead of brass-lacquered, you can use a silver polish cloth to keep the outside shiny.
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Before you polish a silver horn, especially if you haven't given it a bath recently, take the time to wipe the outside off with a cloth lightly dampened with rubbing alcohol. This removes the oils of the perspiration from your hands and any dirt that might be on the surface and makes the actual polishing go a lot quicker.
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Helpful Hints and Reminders Pliers and trumpets don't go together — ever! Depending on how stuck it is, using the pliers can scratch and damage the mouthpiece at the very least. In worse cases the mouthpiece won't free up but the mouthpipe will start to break away off the body of the trumpet. If and when the mouthpiece gets stuck, first ask your band director for help. Most band directors have a tool called a mouthpiece puller that can remove a stuck mouthpiece quickly and easily without damaging the mouthpiece or the trumpet.
If the band director cannot help you, then take your trumpet to your local band instrument store and ask for their help. Instead, place your little finger on top of the hook. In order to do this you have to raise your entire hand just a little bit, and what it does is gives your first, second and third fingers a better angle to push the valves down.
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