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    “On the Spot: Glendon Gross, Trumpet performer in the UA Jazz Band”

    What first turned you on to the trumpet?

    When I was six years old, I heard a recording of the Chicago Symphony and that was my introduction to classical music and I’d dance around the living room. Ever since that time I wanted to play the trumpet. I’m in my 40’s and it’s fun being a student and a jazz musician at the same time.

    When you were in your 20’s what was going through your head at the time?

    I dropped out of school so I didn’t see how school related to my trumpet playing. I really love mixing with younger people and going to classes, it keeps my mind active and I meet a lot of interesting people here.

    What is something you do when no one else is looking?

    When no one else is looking I usually am at the piano trying to figure out a song or improvising.

    First drink you ordered on your 21st birthday?

    A beer. I think it was Heineken Dark.

    What is something you do that makes the ladies go crazy?

    It seems that when I play the trumpet people take more interest in me, and when I play jazz I have a better chance.

    I don’t think any woman can resist a musician.

    I think that is definitely true.

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