Music is in the air when the International Trumpet Guild Conference comes to town, as they did recently to Grand Rapids. 

In addition to workshops, education sessions and vendors, the event includes several concerts that are open to the public plus some "late-night jam sessions" at local night spots.

“It's a wonderful opportunity for our community,” said Valerie Stoelzel, host for the 38th Annual Conference of the organization, which represents more than 5,000 members from 56 countries—all dedicated to improving the artistic level of trumpet performance, teaching and literature. "There's really something for everybody here. It's classical music, it's easy listening music and it's jazz.”

The city and its residents gave the trumpeters a warm welcome, and it did not go unnoticed.

“I get off the plane last night, there was a big sign in the airport, ‘Welcome everybody to the ITG!’" musician and composer Arturo Sandoval said. “That was very nice. I've never seen that before.”

A reporter covering the event also had good things to say about the city.

“I'm very, very impressed with it,” said Philip Biggs of The Brass Herald magazine. “It's very clean and it's very well laid out. I like the planning of it. I like the architecture. But most of all, I like the people.”