Reading another thread got me thinking about another topic, any of you have any stories of bluffing while playing the horn or else-wise? I'm not a seasoned pro, and definately not compared to others here, but I'll share a few of my bluff jobs: great, not so great, and failures. Greatest: This isn't related to the trumpet, but one time I was singing in a band for a battle of the bands competition, and I did the worst thing a singer could do, forget my own lyrics to a song I wrote! What ended up happening was I freestyled the rest of the lyrics and directed a ton of solo breaks. The song went nothing like planned, but we pulled through as a band and the song got the loudest cheers of the night. On another tangent, the winner ended up being decided bureaucratically, but that's another story. Not so great: This was during a large mass at a Catholic church in front of a bishop. Not only was I horrible that night, but noticeably horrible. No matter what I did, every other note was a fluff job, and I received plenty of sour looks from church goers. I tried to shrug it off, but the verdict was in. This is one of the times that I should have thrown in the white towel if such an act was permissible on the job. Thankfully, the music director at the church realized that it was a case of a bad day on the worst possible day. Could have used it: One time, I was asked to sit in with a big band. I was playing the fourth book on a live setting, and we were playing a very fast bebop tune, and I had anticipated it being four pages long when in fact it was seven. Suddenly, I was lost right in the middle of the performance. This was one of the times I could have used that ol' black[jack] magic. Anyways, I know some of you have to have some great stories. Feel free to share them if you're comfortable doing so. As I say though, there's two types of people in this world, those who've utterly embarassed themselves in the spotlight before and those that will.