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All About Jazz user Keith Fiala

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Keith is a former Maynard Ferguson trumpeter.

Keith started playing as an exuberant young student, and was in no time being told that he had a natural ability. Once Keith started showing an interest in playing for a living, he was quickly told to just keep it as a hobby, how hard the music business is, etc. As Keith got in to high school, he got “stuck” on the high note pursuit. Still chasing that dream of wanting to play professionally, the lack of real guidance and support quickly took its toll. Keith auditioned for Raymond Crisara at the University of Texas at Austin and was granted a full ride scholarship. Believing what he’d been told for years (you’ll never make it), he struggled his first and only year at UT… after receiving a letter from the admissions office stating that the out of state scholarship was cut due to legislation, Keith decided to hang it up as a trumpet player. Keith quit trumpet playing for nearly 3 years. He was miserable and felt as though something was truly missing from his life. Starting to play again was no easy feat. Working full time, with no teacher nor motivation to play, made things even tougher, but this time Keith marched ahead. He was offered a chance to play with a local group forming (that he still performs with today) and jumped at the chance. He started asking questions, reading, and working hard on the one aspect that confused him from a young age. In 2004, Keith was offered the opportunity to play on Maynard Ferguson’s band and jumped at that chance!!! Staying with MF for a year, Keith took every opportunity to ask questions, take notes, and learn as much as possible. Now Keith is ready to share this knowledge and years of hard work with you!

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