Philadelphia Orchestra Trumpeter
Helping Afghan Teen Build his Chops
By Steve Hartman CBS News October 7, 2016
The Philadelphia Orchestra boasts one the best classical trumpet players in the country.
And although David Bilger has played on stage for thousands, his most impressive performance happens his own basement, for an audience of one.
For more than a year, Bilger has been mentoring 17-year-old Baset Azizi. Baset lives 7,000 miles away in Kabul, Afghanistan. The kid found Bilger on Facebook, and got his attention by tooting his own horn.
“It started off saying, ‘I am the best trumpet player in Afghanistan – because there are only two.’ And I was immediately taken by him. I said I’ve got to read the rest of what he has to say,” Bilger said.