Sound the trumpet

Michael Taibleson, a shareholder and leader of the Employee Benefits Team in Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.’s Milwaukee office, was blown away by the trumpet at age 4 and has been mastering the instrument ever since.

When Taibleson’s brother, David, won a childhood bet and brought home his friend’s grandfather’s World War I era bugle, Taibleson took to the instrument naturally. He spent four years begging his parents for trumpet lessons in St. Louis, where he grew up.

By his mid-teens, Taibleson had purchased a $600 Bach Stradivarius Trumpet that he still plays today. In addition to taking private lessons, he studied music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Taibleson just completed his 15th season with the Knightwind Ensemble and also regularly performs with the Concord Chamber Orchestra.

In September, Taibleson will travel with Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun to blow a horn called the shofar during a dedication ceremony for a sculpture at a Holocaust museum in Krakow, Poland.

Taibleson’s music is a core element of his life, he said.

“It’s just intrinsically important to me,” Taibleson said. “It is a big part of who I am.”

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