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Greater Lafayette's hidden musical gem

Sixty-nine-year-old Steve Robinett was a local trumpet player known for playing jazz music until something changed.

Posted: Feb 16, 2019 6:45 PM
Updated: Feb 16, 2019 11:43 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI) — ''When I was a kid, it was music in the house all the time," said Local Musician Steve Robinett. "My mother was a cello teacher. My sister sang in a trio and my mom was a choir director''

For Steve Robinett, music was all he knew. He was raised in a household where music lived. Oblivious to the talent he possessed, Steve began exploring.

"I would write little arrangements of tunes I had written''

Those tunes soon became a masterpiece performed for many. Not just with instrumentation, but with a voice as well, he could also sing.

With a musical talent so dear, something changed and caused Robert to shift his focus.

''I was diagnosed with throat cancer," said Robinett

The worst news an instrument player could hear. Steve thought it was over.

“It was depressing as all hell," said Robinett. "So I was like oh crap, I've always been a trumpet player. I've traveled the world playing trumpet''

Regardless of Steve's situation, he was determined to continue his passion of playing instruments and writing music. He chose to master another talent, playing the violin.

"I'm playing two to three hours a day," said Robinett "To keep myself, my mind busy instead of saying well I'm done with music, no I'm not I'm still trying to learn tunes''

Steve said it best, talent is like a planted seed. Continue to nurture and take care of it, and something will grow.

''Your passion pays off in other ways,” said Robinett. "Maybe not in your bank account, but when you have to live with yourself, later on, I think that's important''

Steve Robinett has published and written two albums titled "Playin' Favorites" and "Standard Approach. He still writes music, especially during Christmas. 

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