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Performing with the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain

Yesterday I had the honor of playing with the great trumpet section of the under 13 year olds of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain.
They rehearsed and performed a challenging program rooted in Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony. The section was gracious and full of fire and feeling. All had great embouchures and our section leader Charlotte Ward is a star.

The section (the cutest in the world) is from R to L Ben Hill, Henry Cripps, Oliver Baylis, Charlotte, Matthew Whitehead, and James Law. Thanks to Nicola Benedetti Violin (Official) for bringing me along and congratulations to her for being named a Vice President of the Orchestras.

And great recognition to conductor Roger Clarkson and all adult music coaches, staff and parents who set high standards while also maintaining a fun and positive learning environment for these wonderful kids. And they played so beautifully! I’m still smiling.


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  1. Thank you Wynton, for all that you’ve done in Jazz music. My family and I have listend for countless mornings and evenings to your music for years.

    I remember the first time I was blessed with opportunity to hear you live at the North Sea Jazz Festive, July,1997, (couldn’t stop smiling for days) it was amazing. We don’t miss a chance to hear live music because of that experience.

    You’ve grown to become an awesome ambassidor for Jazz, and your parents should be very prod of you and your siblings.

    Greg Bousie on Oct 28th, 2015 at 3:08pm

  2. Wynton, I was at the concert in Glasgow on Friday and agree with everything you say about those wonderful kids and the adults who tutor and support them and encourage their development. If you closed your eyes while they were playing you would swear it was a group of adult, professional musicians!

    Also, I must congratulate yourself on the way you slotted yourself in to the performance with the youngsters – you were so relaxed and at home and obviously enjoying yourself!

    I know for a fact that they really enjoyed having you there and being involved – I caught up today with my young grandson who was principal bassoonist and all he could talk about was Wynton Marsalis!!

    Bill Thomson on Aug 16th, 2015 at 12:03pm