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First gig got 14-year-old Anthony Castle out of short pants

July 7, 2012 • Local News

“I’m told I’m the oldest living trumpet player in the state of New Mexico,” Anthony Castle shrugs. “I don’t know if it’s true.” Castle was born in 1924 in Fredonia, N.Y., home of the State University of New York, renowned for its School of Music.

Music runs in the family. His brother, Bruno, was a trumpet player. His wife is a singer, and his son, too, is a musician. “My brother insisted I learn trumpet,” said Castle. He started playing professionally when he was 14 and still in high school. “I had to get my first long pants; I was still in knickers then.”

At 87, Castle continues to share his talents with community of Roswell, originally with the ENMU-R Community Band. Later, bandmaster Ken Tuttle asked him to join Roswell Jazz Orchestra, but he’s slowing down and wanted to spend more time with his wife, so Castle retired from the Community Band to stay with his first love, Angela, and his second, jazz.

His band wages paid for his first year of college at SUNY, but he was only able to Login to read more

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