Something that has interested me for awhile, it seems like out of quite a few accomplished musicians I run into, probably one in fifteen have been pilots in their lives. Then looking at professional airline and corporate pilots, at least from what I've seen, there's almost a similar ratio of accomplished musicians with more or less skill in the bunch. Some players I've seen in this group as examples:
Buddy Childers, former lead trumpet with Stan Kenton, flew charter for around three years in his life when the studios weren't in demand
Claude Gordon, famous bandstand frontman, was almost religious in flying airplanes
Not sure of the person's name (wow, do I make a case
), but I know of an airline captain who has performed some of the legendary classical solos on trumpet, including the Hummel, in front of large audiences.
Guy Fricano, famous trumpeter in Chicago, licensed pilot who's been flying for at least fifteen years.
In my school, there's quite a few decent musicians in the flight department. They're not dominating, but the presence is there.
Then me, an aspiring ATP pilot who sat in with a professional big band last week for a performance during their second set and ended up playing lead at the end of the set.
Perhaps I'm dillusional, but being active in both arenas it seems like there is at least a minor connection between the two groups. The connection is subtle, but the presence seems to be there. Is this just random, or is there a coincidence? Perhaps this could be a doctorial thesis. Any thougts are appreciated on this matter, thanks!
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