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Irvin Mayfield



My road in life has been direct.
Says that playing trumpet growing up didn't always make him the most popular person; people had their doubts.
He had a passion, could listen to and play trumpet all day everyday, so he didn't care about financial success, the feelings of his peers.
Says success is all relative; if he set a goal to make $400 one month and he made $500, he was on top of the world.
Parts of his family wanted him to have a tangible career, a degree, rather than pursuing his dream.
Father had taught him to play the trumpet, but was disappointed when he dropped out of college.
In 2009, he won a Grammy and was appointed to the National Endowment of the Arts by President Obama.
Once he had a Grammy, got his own apartment, his family started to come around to his choices.
Lives by a saying his mother taught him: "Blessed is he who gets paid for what he would do for free."
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Jazz Trumpeter/Founder

I'm an accomplished jazz trumpeter and artistic director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
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Being Creative


Challenges I Overcame