My mom took piano lessons from when she was a kid all the way through college. She didn’t major in music but she is a very accomplished pianist so when my brothers and I entered second grade, she signed us up for piano lessons. I didn’t hate taking piano lessons, but I never found the instrument very exciting. At about the same time, my elementary school created an after school bongo program for first and second graders, which my mom also signed me up for. The instructor of the bongo class was named Robert Frasier and he made music super fun for all of us and it just so happened that his main instrument was the trumpet. I have memories of him setting all 20 or so of us up with a pattern on the bongos and he would improvise on his trumpet over the rhythmic groove that we had created. I was pretty much hooked from then. I thought the sound of the trumpet and the presence you have when playing it was super cool. Fast forward one more year (third grade) and we got to choose instruments to play in the school band. I immediately knew I’d go for the trumpet and am still enjoying playing it many years later.