Mind Games

Mind Games


Aidan Lombard


Download Paper (.pdf) (20 KB)

Download Presentation (.zip) (499 KB)

Download Audio Files (.zip) (486.8 MB)

Download Scores (.zip) (110 KB)


Developing my Culminating Experience certainly challenged me as a trumpet player, improvisor, composer and bandleader. But most importantly, it forced me to honestly evaluate who I am as a person currently, who I want to be, and how I want my music to represent that/ what I want it to do for others. Over the course of this year it became clear to me that virtually everyone I know is dealing with crippling insecurity at all times. It sounds silly, but insecurity and shame is such a personal experience, and that insecurity informs peoples’ behavior in vastly different ways, so it is rarely discussed honestly, therefore it can be difficult to see and understand. I found comfort in the realization that what I have been dealing with is completely human and natural, but I also began to notice how personal insecurity fuels prejudice, assumptions, and misunderstanding. Most importantly, I saw how insecurity inhibits honest communication, which is at the diplomacy. I believe that this insecurity that we all share is the driving force of our thoughts, principles and actions, and I wanted my project to be an honest portrayal of how I am dealing with mine. More simply, wanted it to be and open confession of the fact that I have insecurities, in the hopes that it would become clear to everybody that we all do.

Publication Date



Boston Campus


Project Components: paper (.pdf), presentation (ZIP file containing 2 .pdf documents), audio files (ZIP file containing 4 .wav files), scores (ZIP file containing 4 .pdf documents).

Mind Games