To This Day, I Still Have No Idea Why I Couldn’t Play My Instrument For All Those Years – Matt Bronstein | Ep. 76




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This week on the podcast, we have a great episode with my long time friend Matt Bronstein. Matt currently plays with the Axiom Brass Quintet. Matt’s career has taken him all over, and his audition track record indicates that he was incredibly close to having a full time career as an orchestral musician. Unfortunately, he suffered a lip injury and it took him out of the game for a few years. I’m so thankful that Matt opened up and shared his story with me. There’s a lot of great insight for us to learn from. Here are a few takeaways:

You Have Skills You’re Probably Not Using

Matt talked about his time working in the restaurant industry and enlightening for him. He realized that although playing horn was a great passion in his life, performing his duties as a bartender was allowing him to display many of his talents and skills that he never really had a chance to explore without actually doing it. We are all more than the job that we do, and I love Matt’s perspective on how he realized he had more in him than he realized.

Give It One More Chance

Matt’s relationship with the horn has been all over the place over the past 5-8 years. Going from being successful in auditions to not taking the horn out of the case is quite a range of emotions to go through. When I asked him how he ended up picking it up and putting in the work to find his way to his current position with Axiom, he said his mom encouraged him by saying, “You should give it one more chance. You love it so much, give it one more try”. I love this. Sometimes, we’re one try away from a breakthrough in a really difficult situation. It was of great encouragement to me to hang on and give it one more chance in my own life.

Here are a bunch of links Matt sent me for this episode – – Matt’s email address for people to reach out – home page for Brass Legacy – newest publication – past publications (including Matt’s injury article in op. 2 no. 1) – Axiom’s website to donate or purchase CDs

I hope you enjoyed the episode! If you wouldn’t mind leaving a rating and a review on iTunes, I would really appreciate it. Don’t forget to share the episode on social media as well! Thanks for listening, and remember: stay strong, be kind to yourself, and never stop growing!

Until next time,


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