By Thomas Hair
Online Copy Editor
Everybody has their own unique set of talents and skills. Everybody is gifted in some regard, whether it is on the field of sport, in the classroom or in conversations with others. Some rare individuals, however, are so natural at something that it seems like they were just born to do it. Coppell Middle School North eighth-grader Christopher Stubblefield is a natural at playing the trumpet.
Stubblefield began playing the trumpet in sixth grade, just like dozens of other middle school beginners. As of now, he has only been playing for less than three years but has already accomplished a lifetime’s worth. On March 15-18, Stubblefield traveled to Fairfax, Virginia to perform at the National Trumpet Competition at George Washington University. Stubblefield was named a semi-finalist in January to earn his spot in Fairfax.
During spring break, Christopher and his parents attended the three-day event – along with the cream of the crop, the best young trumpeters from around the country. Stubblefield performed the Haydn Concerto in front of judges and came in second-place out of sixteen. Being named the second best trumpeter in the nation is a huge honor for such a young artist – who competed against high school students – and he was a rewarded a Bb (B flat) Fides Vivace trumpet as a result.
Stubblefield will no doubt put this new trumpet to good use as a member of the North Honor Band for the rest of the year.