My wife saw an ad in Craigslist ...volunteers needed to play for a benefit type of thing. The group is called the "Pay It Forward Band" ... they mostly play at nursing homes... but today was for a th VA hospital in Los Angeles. I haven't played a trumpet in front of anyone but my wife in 20 years ... what I walked into was some monster players from the LA area. I can't remember his first name but the sax players name was Kubiyak .. scarey. One of the guitar players produced the music for guitar hero.. lots of great credentials all around me... oh and could they play.. holy crap.... we mostly read off of a lead sheets..sometimes concert pitch sometimes Bb .... what a rush. The Vets loved it .... what a treat. The head of the group said he wants me back so I guess I hide the missed notes well and I had more then the rest of the group combined... like I said what a rush... The first song was Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B ... now we hadn't had any rehersals... so right out of the gate I was thrown in it ... Anyway.. you guys that have answered my questions and bantered with me on trumpet related issues have really helped... just thought you would get a kick out of it..