Note: Trumpeter Chad McCullough starts a weekend tour with his Spin Quartet featuring Geof Bradfield (sax), Clark Sommers (bass) and Kobie Watkins (drums).
Thursday, March 22 – Locol (West Seattle)
Friday, March 23 – CMA Gallery (Seattle)
Saturday, March 24 – Knowles Studio (Poulsbo)

Interview and photo by Steve Korn

Someone once told me I couldn’t do it, and it was a waste of time to try because it wouldn’t work out.

When I was 14 I heard Thomas Marriott play for the first time, and I figured out what I wanted to do.

The trumpet is the worst best friend I’ll ever have

If I could do it all over again, I’d jump to less conclusions, buy fewer mouthpieces, and listen to my teachers more.

When I look at where I’m at right now, I’m very thankful to everyone who has taken the time to help me, and grateful for everyone who’s given me a chance to do well- and even more grateful for the second chances.

Fear is what wakes me up every morning. Usually much earlier than I’d like.

Motivation is what gets me out of bed, after the panic attack wakes me up.

Discipline is second only to respect. Or maybe it’s a byproduct of respect. I’m not sure yet.

I’m not even close. But… I’m trying.

If I had a double-C, I’d bottle that up, and sell it to all of my trumpet player friends for cheap!

When I’m stuck It’s because I’m not listening hard enough.

If I could have made a career on another instrument, it would have been the piano. I still pretend sometimes.

Some musicians just don’t understand that we’re all in this together.

I’m happy whenever I’m listening to Miles.

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