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The Trumpet and the Trumpet Player: Bill Holland aka billybuc

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1. The Trumpet;

2. The Trumpet-player;

3. Bill Holland aka billybuc

4. Billybuc's favorite music for romantic love, sensual love, raw sadness, anger, nostalgia plus one specific memory.

Listen to the sound of the Trumpet

Listen to the sounds of a MUTED trumpet

The Piccolo trumpet

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Distinguish between the sound of the standard Trumpet and the Piccolo trumpet

The Cornet

Distinguish between the sound of the trumpet and cornet

Almost impossible

It is almost impossible to distinguish between the sound of the trumpet and cornet. They are basically the same instrument.

Differences are:

  • Design: The trumpet has a cylindrical bore, while the cornet (and flugelhorn) have conical bores. The cornet’s bore (11 to 12 mm (0.43 to 0.47 inches) is much shorter than that of the trumpet. The length of the trumpet and cornet’s tubing is the same, but the cornet has additional bends.
  • Sound: The exercised ear can clearly hear the more mellow tone of the cornet opposed to the bright, loud tone of the trumpet. However, the trumpet muted with a special accessory called a mute can also produce a mellow tone.
  • Cornets are mainly used in Brass Bands while Trumpets are used in Symphonic-, Symphony- and Jazz orchestras.

The flugelhorn is another kind of trumpet with a more conical bore than the cornet and an extra (fourth) valve, consequently producing a more mellow sound than the cornet.

The Flugelhorn

Distinguish between the sound of the flugelhorn, trumpet and cornet

The range of the Trumpet

The Trumpet


Most relevant information –

The trumpet is a brass instrument. With a standard range from F♯ below Middle C to three octaves higher, it is the instrument in the brass family able to reach the highest pitch. It has three (occasionally four) piston valves. (Valves increase the length of the tubing, thus changing the pitch.)

Sound is produced when blowing air through CLOSED lips. Different pitches are attained when using the muscles in and around the lips – embouchure – and closing some and/or all of the valves. Different mouth pieces and mutes can be used to alter the tone. Several trumpet techniques are applied during the production of music, i.e. flutter tonguing (rolling the tip of the tongue), growling (humming while playing a note), double-, triple- and doodle tonguing, glissando (changing lip tension), vibrato, etc.

The trumpet-family includes bass-, alto, soprano and piccolo trumpets. Although most trumpets have piston valves, some members of the family have rotary valves or sliding tubes.

Originally (approximately since 1500 BC) the trumpet was only played by the most guarded members of a military unit assigned to transfer instructions from one unit to the other. After improvements it became a useful music instrument.


Music for Trumpet


Choosing the right instrument for your child -

The Trumpet Player

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Trumpet player jokes among musicians -

  • "Ah, the trumpet. Now there's an instrument on which one can truly embarrass himself!" ~ G. Keillor to G. Bordner. (Of course, the brave trumpeter don’t fear embarrassment. They are open and honest and able to handle critique.)
  • How do trumpet players traditionally greet each other? "Hi. Nice to meet you. I'm better than you." (Typical trumpeters tend to protect their vulnerable soul by using arrogance as a shield.)
  • How do you get a trumpet player to play softly? “Take away his instrument.” (Being a highly ambitious personality, the typical trumpeter-personality will be devastated to total apathy when losing the instrument they need to reach their goal.)

The Trumpet Player

The trumpet is a powerful and aggressive instrument suitable for the outgoing and energetic extrovert and also for the brave introvert. It is an ideal instrument for the dominant, brave and fearless personality, and even for the shy person who needs to prove themselves as an individual to be recognized.

Playing quietly in an orchestra (instead of loud and aggressive), is a challenge to be met by all trumpeters, therefor playing in an orchestra - being part of a group - is the ideal opportunity to develop this strong character in accordance with norm and standards.

Energy, alertness and especially courage are essential traits of the trumpeter, as they are always audible and therefor ‘soft’ targets for critical minds.

Typical trumpeters are independent, dominant, passionate and highly ambitious personalities subjected to sharply varying moods. They are constantly challenging themselves, eager to reach the highest goals. They are known as ‘individualist’ with guts and grit. Without losing their individualism they are gregarious but at the same time not uncomfortable in ungregarious situations.

A musician who plays the trumpet is called a trumpet player or trumpeter.


Bill Holland aka billybuc

Looking for the musician in billybuc, I could clearly see a trumpeter. His courageous and ambitious initiation of the H.O.W Movement (Humanity-One-World) is a typical action of a trumpeter not afraid of taking the lead and challenging himself and all others to reach the highest goal. In spite of meeting with many reverses Bill had found his way to his personal summit where he is soaring today with eagles.

Billybuc was a teacher for eighteen years, he had held twenty-five other jobs over the years; he was the owner of three businesses, but he calls all of this ‘fluff’ comparing to what is truly ‘real’ in life.

In 2012 he was the winner of two HubPages awards: Most Supportive Hubber and Most Beautiful Hub.

He is the author of several published books, inter alia: “Loving Life as Alcoholic” and “LIVIN’ LARGE AND LOVIN’ LIFE AS AN ADOPTED CHILD

As part of his audition for musicianship in the Hubville Symphonic Wind Orchestra, I have asked him to submit a few songs he associates with specific emotions.

And here he is, presenting his choices ~



Then” by Brad Paisley …I still cry when I sing this song. It reminds me so much of Bev, the love of my life. The lyrics “now you’re my whole life, now you’re my whole world,” perfectly describes what Bev means to me. I did not understand what love meant until Bev walked into my life and changed it completely.



Today” by the Jefferson Airplane. This is a song nobody has heard of I’m sure, but it has always been one of my favorites. It has a haunting quality to it, and Marty Balin sounds like he is pleading with his lover when he is singing…”I feel like pleasing you more than before.” I’m getting goosebumps right now...



Whiskey Lullaby” by Brad Paisley and Allison Krause…It should come as no secret that I am an alcoholic. This song reminds me of so many things. I have lost many friends to the disease of alcohol. I have caused much pain because of my alcoholism. This song speaks to all of it, the pain, the death, the shame and guilt, the loneliness and sadness…all of it.



Good Enough” by Sarah McLachlan. I’m not sure about the story behind this song, but it has always reminded me of child abuse, and that is a subject that makes me terribly angry. We have so much of this happening in the world today, and it is sad and it is maddening because there seems to be no way to stop it. As a parent and as a former teacher, I will never understand child abuse, and I find it very difficult to forgive anyone who would abuse a child.



The Only Child” by Jackson Browne. My father was the most important influence in my life. He was taken from me when I was nineteen years old, and there is still a hole in my heart from that loss. This song has always reminded me of him, and his words of wisdom, and the guidance he always gave me. There is no sadness in those memories now; only gratitude that I was able to spend nineteen years with my dad.



I’m Moving On” by Rascal Flatts. Six years ago I gave up alcohol after almost dying from the disease. This song speaks about that moment when I finally gave up the booze and embraced life. I’ve dealt with my ghosts and demons and now I can get on with the business of living. I originally felt sad when I heard this song because it reminded me of the guilt I felt for those years wasted drinking. Now I see it as a celebration of life, and it tells me that we all can change if we are willing to do so.

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Thank you billybuc!

The fact that you are able to connect your emotions to specific songs is a quality in your favor and will certainly ensure your success as a musician in Hubville Symphonic Wind Orchestra. To make your audition for Trumpet player an unforgettable experience you'll have to play the most famous piece composed for trumpet by Jeremy Clark (1670-1707) namely Prince of Denmark's March, commonly called the Trumpet Voluntary.

Jeremy was an English baroque composer and organist. His suicide in 1707 at the age of thirty-seven, because of his hopeless and passionate love for a lady of a rank superior to his own, is an unforgettable tragedy. Ironically the Trumpet Voluntary is today a popular choice for wedding music.

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    • MartieCoetser profile imageAUTHOR

      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Kathryn, good to see you in my corner again. I am so glad you enjoyed billybuc's audition. I am not yet finished with this series, just taking a break, coping with reality, working on other projects.... Time keeps us in a whirlpool of unfinished business.... I hope you are enjoying your weekend :)

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      5 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      What a beautiful series, and different than any I have seen. Bill is one of my very favorite writers, so reading this was a treat.

      I like how you provided so much information on trumpets, and videos to go with it, and then proceeded to show videos that Bill identifies with the different emotions. Fascinating! I also enjoyed his comments about each song.

      I look forward to reading more of these. I have seen you around, and have read at least one of your "Perspectives" hubs, and I definitely like what I read!

      Have a great weekend.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      @ mckbirdbks - Good to see you back. Now you've got to play those l-o-n-g notes for at least an hour just to get your embouchure and diaphragm properly engaged. Again: good to see you back :)

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      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Sorry boss, for missing so many rehearsals. It was been busy these past weeks. Just wanted to welcome billybuc to the group. You bring such a richness to this series.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Oh, billibuc, you are adorable. Give Bev a hug for me. I have so much respect and admiration for the person who happens to be their partner's 'heaven on earth'. May you never-ever shed a tear of unhappiness again :)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Again, thank you Martie and thank you all. Bev has read all the comments and she cried like a baby....just as I did. :)

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      agapsikap, please let me know when you have an account. In the meanwhile, take care :)

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      6 years ago from Philippines

      Martie - sadly I still don't have an active account on Fb. I'm planning to have one so I can post also my hubs. I would be very glad to give it to you once I can be able to make one.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      agapsikap - I was very impressed with your hub about etiquette. Do you perhaps have a Facebook account? There is a couple of groups in there for hubbers and it is quite nice to be part of them. Thank you for your kind comment. I look forward to follow you :)

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      6 years ago from Philippines

      Martie , thank you sooooo much! I think I'm a little bit comfortable now.

      :) I am very much pleased by those wonderful compliments. I knew there is something special with you. Never hesitate to follow you the first time I had join HP. I was impressed by your hubs and profile as well. More power to you.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      @ Nellieanna – Thank you so much for sharing your lovely memories with me and all of us here at the after-party of billybuc’s audition. Until a year ago I would not have been able to identify with you in your capacity as the happy wife of a wonderful man like George. But since I’ve met B today exactly a year ago, I can, indeed. So wonderful to also have a friend and soulmate in the man we love. You and I have roamed the same deserts and paradises, although our encounters might not have been all the same.

      I am also so glad for billybuc who has found his soulmate in Bev – his ‘promised land’.

      I would be so happy if I could manage to download You-Tube video’s successfully on my computer, because then I could play them (via a memory stick) through my new system. There are so many beautiful songs no longer available in CD or DVD format on the market. I have to upgrade my internet connection to at least 500+Kbps (whatever this is…. Lol!), because currently it is too slow to download video’s – and even listening to them – without coping with buffing issues!

      Take care my dear CM.

      @ agapsikap – oh, I know exactly how you feel. Remember, ALL OF US were at a time newbees highlighted in grey color. I remember how scared and nervous I was in the beginning. Almost 3 years ago I was told by a friend on another site that I ‘belong’ in HubPages. At first I could not see myself as one of these awesome hubbers. Their English was perfect – most of them are actually English and not able to write in any other language – and all of them were obviously geniuses and highly accomplished writers. Although I am a professional writer in my own language it took me almost 6 months to gather enough courage to post a humble little hub – a letter to my imaginary daughter. Because I was not able to speak directly to the geniuses in here. I still blush when I read the hubs I posted in the beginning. But since the beginning I was welcomed with open arms by the most awesome kindred souls. I instinctively adopted Nellieanna as my mother. Today I have ‘sisters’ and ‘brothers’ all over in Hubland. My closest ‘sista’ is marcoujor. Although I love my real relatives dearly, I am spiritually so much closer to my family in Hubland – because we have so many experiences in common. Not necessarily the same events, but we have experienced the same emotional conditions on our journey to HERE. I like to use the term ‘we have roamed the same deserts and paradises.’ Today we are HERE, supporting and loving each other. HubPages is in my eyes a kind of ‘heaven’, and you will soon know exactly what I mean.

      I did not find you rude at all. I think you are beautiful and honest. I adore honest people! And let me warn you: All hubbers are not honest. You may contact me any time via private message if you need any advice.

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      6 years ago from Philippines

      @Martie, thank you for considering me a member of the 'family'. I feel a little bit of shame when going back to this site and saw all the commenter highlighted in blue color while mine is in gray. Not to mention their levels. It makes me feel a little bit awkward. Hope not everybody look at me as an intruder. Intimidated? I think I have it as an after effect. Its not my intention to caught anyone's attention.Nor to gain more traffic. I just want to feel comfortable in this community. I hope you didn't find me rude.

      OMG, I was looking forward to write an article about *netiquette*.

      @Nellieanna, well english is just my secondary language as well, just like everybody else's on the hubpages community. I hope you didn't find my words too harsh to describe.Thank you for your generosity.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Darlin' Martie - I'm so pleased to know that you have a lovely entertainment center with surround-sound! wow!

      With your appreciation and knowledge of music, you especially should have good listening!!

      Our stereo which we got not too long after we married in 1985, with radio, plays tapes (and I still have some of those!) and CDs and plays a single old fashioned record on a turntable is having trouble with its speakers. But I have my wireless printer on top of it so it's not that easy to pull out from the wall to see what cables are dislodged, so I'm not using it.

      It's funny to remember when we got this stereo. George, you know, was an Engineer and I wasn't necessarily a techie. But he had trouble hooking up all the components, so I did it. He laughed & said it was because its Panasonic instructions by the Japanese company were unintelligible in English & that I must have been able to read them in Spanish. haha. (I'd forgotten most of my Spanish, actually and read them in English!) But I realized that was the beginning of what has turned out to be a real acuity for techie things and computer understanding ever since. I didn't even have a computer till 1988 but took to it like a kid to ice cream!

      Now I'm having a ball with a new music source! I recently replaced my ancient iPhone 3 with iPhone 5, which plays music without even having to use the earphones. I've collected about 75 iTunes of music I especially love & listen to it as I'm getting ready for bed and when I wake up as I'm getting ready for my day. It's wonderful. The earbuds that came with it are really great too. But I like filling the space with music and have no reason to tone it down! The thing has a quite good quality - surely not any comparison with your surround sound, but I'm quite pleased with it as well as with your joyous new system for you!

      Big hugs!

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Nellieanna – Thanks for pulling many of my beautiful memories. I had a ball with my parents records on a daily basis since the age of 10. But not with my husband’s. His large collection and advanced equipment, including a very expensive real-to-real tape, was his personal, sacred property not to be touched by ‘stupid’ women and children. So if I wanted to listen to music when he was not providing it, I had to listen to the radio or make my own on my organ.

      But now I have a fantastic home entertainment system with all-round sound – my Christmas gift from B. For the first time in many years I can enjoy my collection of CD’s. In the past I had to listen to them via my computer and got terribly irritated with the low sound quality.

      Hugs to you, Nellieanna!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Martie - every time I open this hub and see that adorable little boy playing his trumpet in his teddies I just smile and feel so uplifted.

      And I think that Billy far surpasses his past demons and is a pillar of inspiration!

      Between George and my collections of those 33-1/3 'vinyl' records, they fill two large trunks! And there's even still a record player with a multiple changer to play them, built in to a nice piece of furniture - as they used to be. And we both had some of the earlier 78s and 45s (they'll play on that record player, too) - and I have a stack of thick Edison records we played on the wind-up Victrola at the ranch!(I didn't get it.)

      Then there are stacks and shelves of CDs. Next to books, music has been obviously our lifelong passions.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Marcoujor - you darling - Imagine you on the clarinet doing the Sabre. Svetlana's first link in her last comment is to a lovely romantic trumpet solo. Listen to it while enjoying an extra-large Don Pedro with your feet on the couch. Rest well, my darling sista!

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      OMG, Sista...if having Bill in our orchestra means we can play the Sabre Dance like that...YEAH...!!

      That music has been a recent soundtrack in my head...OK, back to break and thanks for the giggles and smiles! Hugs, Maria

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      kallini2010 – What a pleasure to come home from work and find such a stimulating comment on a hub of mine. Thank you, Svetlana. I enjoyed every word and I am boots and all on your page. People do not learn and grow while they are happy – maybe in slow-motion. While happy, we simply glow, maybe to be lights of encouragement and support for unhappy souls. Growing and learning happens while we are in a state of pain or some kind of anxiety.

      I love the video’s, and especially the romantic trumpet solo. I love the passionate sound of the Russian language. Not passionate in the sense of romance, but in the sense of willpower and eagerness to strive in whatever they do.

      Thanks again for your generous and profound comment.

      We have a lot of problems with Internet down here. The reason:

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      @ billybuc – in many ways HubPages is like heaven. The friends I have made in here are the most beautiful souls I have ever met. Thanks again for doing the ‘audition’. You have a lot of practice to do for our upcoming concert. We have to perform, inter alia, Mendelssohn’s Wedding March and the trumpeters are playing the most essential solo’s. In the meanwhile take care!

      @ Nellieanna – I remember those 33 ⅓ rpm records. I still have a couple of them. The slogan in our music school was: “It is not what YOU can do for music, but what MUSIC can do for you.” Thank you so much for all your lovely comments, my dear CM, and especially for your most inspiring words and beautiful poem to billybuc. I, too, take my hat off for people who have conquered their own demons. And is this not what we are all supposed to do? Lots of hugs to you :)

      BTW - don't you think the little boy playing trumpet for his teddies is absolutely adorable?

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      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Speaking of vulnerabilities - I am tempted to write in my online "dating" profile (as if I dated, well, I blame it on my poorly written profile! Professional writers! Help needed!) to say that I am only interested in meeting men who encountered and overcame a life-shattering event. Before one does, one never knows what life is all about and nobody knows how "positive" one will remain in the face of it.

      There is something separating men from boys, the rite of passage. Most men, will, of course, would look down on such qualification as a trait of "a loser". But I think someone who was not tested is well behind those who was.

      Embracing vulnerability and sharing vulnerability requires strength.

      So, I think it calls for another Trumpet Solo!

      P.S. Here came a pause - me searching for an appropriate video, so I had to go through several of them and each was a revelation:

      1) Song about a Trumpeter - a young boy, short, weak and sick, during the War wanted to join the fight, but what could he do? Nothing, but to become a trumpeter! (Russian lyrics, children singing) - very touching, but moving on...

      2) a very upbeat song about Trumpeters, but I must confess I heard mostly drums - a squadron of hussars, but video was awful, moving on...

      3) the best Trumpeter in Russia - a very lyrical instrumental -

      I don't know whether it is a trumpet or its relative (Martie, I am terrible at learning instruments)

      some people might prefer this to yet another Russian song;

      4) I've never heard this song before, and Russian lyrics are very intense, every word counts, but as Martie described Bill's personality, I'd say it matches him perfectly

      standing tall no matter what happens

      you can probably can only hear the drama

      (a big gesture from a French/German Horn player):

      To all to celebrate our vulnerabilities and our humanity.


      from The Tao The Ching

      Verse 42

      People suffer at the thought of being

      without parents,

      without food, or without worth.

      Yet this is the very way

      that kings and lords once

      described themselves.

      For one gains by losing,

      and loses by gaining.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Martie, of course, my word 'insuring' in that last comment was one of those spell-check substitutions from my dear computer; - I meant 'inspiring'. But insuring has a sort ring of applicability too! :-) Will ponder that!

      And there is no question that Bill is among the most inspiring and - insuring - members of our loving HP community. We are all very blessed to have him among us.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear, dear Bill. You have never come across as a damaged person, but as a strong, forward-moving man who KNOWS whereof he speaks, cares and shares his own experiences for the benefit of others. If our liking YOU and your lovely Beverly has helped you like you better, then I feel very gratified.

      We've all made mistakes and had to overcome them. That's just reality. What is too pitiful is when people can't or won't move on past them and apply wisdom gained to every day NOW and now and now. . . .

      Anyway, you must be the happiest writer alive, because there is no question that your words help many others.

      You do it well with real substance to what you write - always.

      A little one-liner poem of mine (as George called them) which expresses a truth which always works both ways between the people involved:

      If you like YOU better now,

      Then ~ I have loved you well.

      ______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      My precious Martie - what an insuring account of how music almost literally saved you! I'll bet the flute-guitar duets were lovely too and the residents in the retirement home must have been so uplifted. Your natural desire to help and please people was a big factor in theI'm very glad you told me that story.

      It's amazing what music can accomplish. I played the old upright piano for many years during my most trying times, along with playing my favorite music on an old-fashioned record player with 33 1/3 rpm records. It was a blessing to express through it - along with writing poetry, creating in other areas and simply continuing BEING in spite of opposition to that.

      You're a courageous and admirable woman,m'dear.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      To all of you.....

      I can barely see the keyboard to type this response. Tears are flowing freely.

      People tell me that I am courageous to share my emotions and the troubling past, but my friends, it is not courage at all. I share because you all have given me acceptance and have provided safety for me. In me you see vulnerability, and you have taken this wounded spirit into your hearts and allowed me to find freedom through my words. What an incredible gift that is, and I will never be able to thank you properly.

      By baring my heart and soul to you, I am keeping myself healthy. I need to be honest and forthright so that I never again return to the days of drinking. You have accepted me and despite my past you have loved me.

      If my words help anyone else then I am the happiest writer alive. I came to HP frightened and unsure of my writing ability. Fifteen months later I fly on wings and my writing spirit soars, and it is all because of all of you.

      My Hubber friends....thank you and I love you all.


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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      @ tobusiness – ‘touching’ is quite a true description for this – indeed- tribute to Bill Holland aka billybuc. I feel honored because he shared his deepest emotions with all of us in my corner. Thank you for your kind comment :)

      @ kallini2010 – your comments always count! You do have a unique taste in music, Svetlana – and you know I like your taste just as much as I like my own. But I, too, am surprise AND happy because you like Bill’s choices. Personally I have a very open mind when it comes to music. There is only one genre I cannot stand, although I am able to admire the musicians and I can even appreciate a few of the productions – and that is Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, whatever they call it. Such a noise! ‘Speaking’ ONLY to the crocodile brain – the animal in us. I wonder who will ever succeed in convincing me that it speaks to the soul. Maybe to a disturb soul? But this is only my personal opinion – and what do I know after all?

      Thanks for coming over for the read.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      @ Ruchira – So good to see you! I bet billibuc is just as glad as I to have come across you in this virtual world. I look forward to a visit in your corner. Thanks for the share :)

      @ always exploring – and that is exactly why we love billybuc. And we admire his guts and perseverance. Thanks for your beautiful comment :)

      @ Faith Reaper – trumpeters cannot be ignored. Doesn’t matter how soft they play, everybody can hear them. Next time you listen to an orchestra, try to ignore the trumpets and see how totally impossible it is. Being always audible puts a lot of pressure on the poor trumpeters, and therefor braveness and determination are most essential requirements for success. They also have to PRETEND (and mostly by being arrogant – as if they really believe that they are the best musicians in the orchestra) that the critic of others doesn’t hurt them. But find them alone and look deep into their eyes, and you’ll see all their blooding wounds and scars. We ALL have wounds and scars, but we hide and treat and heal them differently. Thanks for coming by, Faith!

      @ Nell Rose – I am so glad you enjoyed this. By the way, I think I am also a typical trumpeter. Thanks for the votes.

      @ Vickiw – Always so good to see you, my fellow-South African.... even while you’re living up there in an ostensibly better world. I love the description “humanitarian leader.” That’s Bill for sure.

      @ Vellur – Thank you so much for attending billybuc’s audition, and for your inspiring comment :)

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      @ drbj – how exiting to know that I have taught you something you did not know. I must tell you this: One day two very naughty ‘baboons’ stole a flute in my office. They took it to the nearest pawnshop and tried to sell it as a violin. Evidently the owner of the pawnshop smelled a rat...

      So beware, never buy a cornet instead of a trumpet, unless it is a real bargain.

      Thanks for the vote and your delighting comment. As always!

      @ The Frog Prince – Thank you so much for attending billybuc’s audition. Moving on is not always as easy as it sounds. Sometimes we stumble and fall over the edge, going downhill like an uprooted rock. We can’t stop ourselves, we have to hit something... and then we have to pick up all our broken bones and guts and allow them to heal before we can move on...

      I have learned the hard way to avoid those dangerous edges. But who knows, a strong wind may blow me off-balance again. Touch wood!

      @ bravewarrior – So good to know you agree with me that the trumpet fits billybuc to a T. Did I mention that all the trumpeters I know are the most generous people – always willing to give a friend a helping hand, always cheerful and friendly, unless someone step too hard on their tails. But then, resilience is also one of their best qualities.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      @ Nellieanna – In 2001 me (on the flute) and a girlfriend (on the guitar) entertained the members of our local retirement home once per week with a lovely repertoire of duets. This was my friend's idea and way to help me out of the darkest depths of ‘burnout’, including severe depression. Without any energy or desire to live, this was a terrifying challenge for me. I could hardly breathe, not to talk about producing sound on a flute! But I did it, and only because I could not disappoint my friend. Oh, I have done so many things in my life – good and bad – just because I am inherent a people-pleaser. But what the heck, I have learned a lot in the process. Practicing, rehearsing and performing those duets, even while it was the last thing I wanted to do, actually saved my life. Making music is a wonderful physical, mental and emotional work-out. Have a good day, Nellieanna :)

      @ Eiddwen – I am so glad you attended billibuc’s audition. Thank you!

      @ mary615 – I am sure billybuc appreciates your compliments as much as I do. Thanks a lot :)

      @ AliciaC – and thank you so much for taking the time to enjoy this.

      @ whonunuwho – when it comes to poetry, or anything we do with our hearts, most of us tend to under-estimate our ability to touch and impress others. Comparing ourselves to the masters keeps us humble. Thank you for assuring Bill that he is great, inspiring spirit.

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      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Another fantastic hub, Martie! I think there must be an award or recognition for the most creative interview style and you should have one!

      I liked most of Bill's choices for songs - surprisingly for me because it is not what I am used to. All the better for the community and all our musical enlightenment!

      Love and hugs from Canada,


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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      A wonderful hub, beautifully done. I've learned something new about the irrepressible Mr Billybuc, the music that moves us and touches our soul tells a lot about who we are. This is a touching tribute and well deserved. Voting up and awesome.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, the trumpet and cornet need to have good lung power I guess. The cornet looks more complicated by design. Have learned a lot today. A great tribute to a wonderful, kind and generous person, billybuc. Voted up.

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful Hub Martie, done only as you can do it. Of course Bill is a natural for the trumpet - he is a humanitarian leader, and not afraid to cut right through the guff. And you - well, Martie, I regard you as a dear friend, and a wonderful Hubber!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      You never fail to amaze me martie, this was brilliant! we all love billy, so this was a fantastic tribute, and a great read, voted up and up!

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Alright Martie! Bill is a perfect trumpeter! He just lets it out, in just the right manner, as a great trumpeter would do.

      Another excellent addition to the Hubville Symphonic Wind Orchestra here!

      I really enjoy reading your series here you have going.

      Bill's choice of music is awesome too.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill will make an excellent trumpet player. He is an inspitation to me. His honesty and willingness to help others is remarkable, I consider him a friend who tells-it-like-it-is and walks that extra mile. Congratulations Bill. Beautiful hub Martie, love your musical series. Thank you..Bravo..

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      6 years ago from United States

      Wow...what a wonderful audition for an extra ordinary man. He is a wonderful soul, and I am blessed to have come across him in this virtual world.

      Jai ho to him.

      Jai ho to you, martie for penning this down beautifully.

      Sharing it across.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Martie, choosing the trumpet to exemplify what Bill is about is right on in my book. He toots the horn of mankind in a way that you cannot help but hear. His musical soul sends love to all inhabitants of the earth. You couldn't have pegged it better!

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      The Frog Prince 

      6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Martie - Great work by a special person in life. The Rascal Flatts song always touches my soul. I have at times have had to move on to ensure my own survival.

      Tremendous tribute.

      The Frog Prince

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Martie, for this outstanding introduction to Bill - can't understand how I've missed following him until now. His musical selections and life reflections are fascinating to read. Thank you, too, Bill.

      Also, Martie, thanks for explaining the differences between a cornet, a trumpet and a flugelhorn. Until now I thought a trumpet is a trumpet is a trumpet. Who knew. Voted Up!

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      6 years ago from United States

      Martie, Bill once gave a very favorable analysis of one of my poems and then told me he was not much of a poet,himself. For those of us who know him and his work, there could never be a greater poet of the human spirit, whonu

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This hub is filled with very useful and interesting information. It's also a great tribute to Bill! Thank you for creating it, Martie.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      You never cease to amaze me! Yes, I can see billybuc as a trumpet player. He is a dear and loving person that everyone can be proud to call friend. He has the biggest heart of anyone I know.

      Thanks for the great videos, too.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      6 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub and thank you so much for sharing Martie.Interestign and voted up.


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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Martie - I LOVE the James Blunt flute-trumpet arrangement! I'm bookmarking it!

      Thank you for such a thoughtful gift - and the music was great, too. ;-)

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      @ billybuc – I am so happy to know you enjoyed your audition. Your choice of music and justifications really touched my heart. I’m sending hugs to you and Bev :)

      @ marcoujor – Thanks for popping in during your well-deserved break. With billybuc playing the trumpet, the Hubville Orchestra might present some jazz – the instrument you will hear in this video is a trumpet with a specific mute in the bell. Take care, my dearest Maria :)

      @ Nellieanna – Thanks for your delightful comment. I am truly so happy because you enjoy this series. Maybe you and Billy can present a duet – trumpet and flute - Thank you so much for your special message to agapsikap. I am sending you lots of love :)

      @ agapsikap – I am so very glad you’ve clicked in for the read and left a comment. Considerer yourself one of the ‘family’. Being an extrovert myself, walking with my heart on my arm, spontaneously sharing my thoughts and emotions in public (except what others would not like me to reveal about them), I really don’t know if people like Billy and I should be admired or pity. We are open targets for destructive critic, hated by many but fortunately also loved by many. While the shy, quite person doesn’t have enemies. Take care, agapsikap :) Please read Nellieanna's special messages to you :)

      @ DDE – Thank you for your lovely comment :)

      @ Pamela99 – Seeing Billy as a typical trumpet player and listening to his choice of music was almost like meeting him in reality. Thank you for your uplifting comment, Pamela. I am pondering over an instrument for you... :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      @ agapsikap - I can't resist writing you a special message. I'm glad you came here and weren't intimidated that many of us are 'old friends' here on Hubpages. That is one of its beauties, that we can form good lasting friendships - and we welcome new friends with open arms into our circles, as well.

      So - in behalf of the commenters here on Martie's hub - I extend my hand in friendship to a fairly new Hubber who had the courage to come and express your respects and response to her great hub! You won't be disappointed if you visit BillyBuc's hub site - and any of the others commenting here. Just click on their names or picture by their comments to visit their own pages.

      By the way, Martie is my "cyber daughter" so maybe I can be excused for replying to one of her commenters! :-) Be assured - she will reply herself, officially.

      Welcome aboard! I peeked at your hub site and will visit it more!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Martie, This is such an awesome hub that there are truly no words to fully describe it. It is beautiful and fitting for Billy. The music is splendid and I have tears in my eyes also. You wrote such a beautiful, uplifting hub and I think anyone who reads it will be touched.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome layout here you wrote this hub to perfection and what a wonderful choice.

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      6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi! Martie, it was just out of my curiosity why I wanted to read this hub in the first place. I never knew this would give me such inspiration and courage to write comment knowing that after reading all the comments it seem to me you are well aware of each other and the friendship was around every corner of your hub.

      To billybuc, your wonderful! I appreciate and admire those people who can open their thoughts and emotions in public, afraid not of what others might throw them back. Has a strong courage to face the fears of many.

      "I'm Moving On" , by Rascal Flatts is soul uplifting.

      Martie, vote up for this beautiful and interesting hub. Thank You!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Martie - another wonderful tribute both to an amazing musical instrument and an amazing fellow Hubber and human being, our BillyBuc. I was mesmerized reading every word of this. I couldn't tear myself from it, in fact. Your explanation of the kinds of trumpets, which were among the most beloved instruments of the Big Band era, of course, were so fascinating & informational. I've an online friend I've known almost since I've been online - 15 years! - who's aspired to play trumpet professionally, though his 'day job' as a medical tech has occupied most of his attention. But that has given me a special love for the trumpet and trumpeters.

      Billy, your economy in explaining your outstanding selection of songs which express your emotions gave me more insight into you and I truly enjoyed the music, too! I especially like the Rascal Flatts "I'm Moving On".

      Your forthright honesty of what you've been through and your struggles to overcome and win out over it is always inspiring to your readers, no matter what demons a person may have met along the way. You are a beacon of wisdom and courage, Bill - always. I'm so glad you're in the Hubpage Wind Orchestra. That guarantees its excellence and success! (and Bev's support further guarantees it!)

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh Martie,

      What a wonderful addition to our orchestra...I am listening to Bill's fabulous musical selections right now, quite overtaken with emotion.

      I must agree with your descriptions of our trumpet player as energetic, alert and most courageous! Bill is all that and more...

      Excellent job and I am voting UP and UABI. Love to you both, Maria

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, I am humbled by this and very grateful. Thank you so much for your very kind words. I knew this was coming and I still had tears in my eyes when I read it.

      If anyone wants to know why HubPages is a special place, they need only read this beautiful tribute....Hubbers are special people, and you, Martie, are a living, breathing example of all that is good with HubPages.

      Thank you my friend. Now it's time to share it with Bev so she can cry too.



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