Geoffrey Gallante, 8, does his best to avoid doing his scales during his daily trumpet practice at his home in Alexandria, Va.
BIRTH OF THE COOL
Geoffrey Gallante is an eight-year-old trumpet prodigy well on his way to becoming a virtuoso. He started taking lessons at the age of four and, although he is well versed in classical music, his real love is jazz. At an age where most children are just learning to play ÃOld McDonaldÃ, he sits in at local clubs playing Bebop with cats nearly 10 times his age.
Geoff's dad Dave cuts up his pancakes for him at IHOP where he dined as a reward for doing well at his piano recital.
Dave Gallante, Geoff's dad, pleads with his son to practice before a performance playing the National Anthem at Chase Field in Phoenix, at the home opener of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Dave Gallante stands outside the practice studio after Geoff kicked him out because he was distracting him and listens to his son practice his scales before meeting with the boy's mentor, James Carroll, head of the Jazz department at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Under the watchful eyes trumpet legend Miles Davis, Geoff plays some jazz for his mentor, James Carroll, head of the Jazz department at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Trumpet prodigy Geoffrey Gallante struts his attitude after a recital that he attended with parents David and Beth, right and left, brother Matt and sister Kate.
Geoff Gallante, gets his hair cut and jelled by David Pham at the Belle View Barber and Hair Stylist in Alexandria, Va. He offers David a tip after the haircut.
Geoff Gallante, 8, eats his breakfast in the car on the way to a rehearsal the morning before playing the National Anthem at Chase Field in Phoenix, at the home opener of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Trumpet in hand, Geoff, glanced at the sell-out crowd before he played the National Anthem at Chase Field in Phoenix, at the start of the home opener of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Geoffrey Gallante, 6, plays the Star Spangled Banner at the home opener of the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chases Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Afterward, his dad Dave carries him across the field on his shoulders.
Geoff sits in with musicians Henning Hoehne on sax, Alex Smith on piano and Mike Flaherty on drums, during jazz brunch at John Mandis' Market Inn Restaurant in Washington DC.
Geoff Gallante, stands at the bar to ask the bartender for a chocolate milk, between sets at Jimmy's on K Street in Washington DC., a restaurant where Geoff sometimes sits in with the jazz combo.