EXPIRED: 04/29/11 – David Mason, 85, was 31 when Paul McCartney saw him perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major on a piccolo trumpet.
The ever-so-cheap Beatle gave him $45 to play a solo on ‘Penny Lane.’ Mason didn’t even know who the Beatles were. He later played on ‘A Day in the Life,’ ‘Magical Mystery Tour‘ and ‘All You Need Is Love.'”
Outside of his contributions to rock and roll, Mason was once the youngest member of England’s National Symphony Orchestra.
After leaving the Royal College of Music, he became a member of the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, and then the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra where he eventually became principal trumpet. After 7 years in that role he moved to the Philharmonia, where he remained for the rest of his career. He was a professor of trumpet at the Royal College of Music for thirty years and taught most of England’s current professional trumpet players.