Easter Gig

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  1. ccb_22

    ccb_22 Pianissimo User

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    So yesterday, we're rehearsing in the church and out of nowhere, a drunk college kid stumbles in and says "I'm drunk, and I know it." Granted, the church is right on the beach and all the schools around here are on spring break. If that's the rehearsal, I can't wait for the service today. Oh, and we are trying to set a world record for the slowest ever performance of the Hallelujah Chorus - I'm pretty sure we've got it in the bag.

    So that's how my Easter gig is going - how is yours going? What are you playing? Anything fun or exciting? Well, regardless, I hope everyone has a very happy easter. Cheers!
     
  2. Bagnewauckland

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    I played last night, for the Saturday vigil. Played some descants and things on a few hymns and as a postlude we played the Prince of Denmark's March. Not particularly related to Easter, but oh well. It went down well.
     
  3. Peter McNeill

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    Worked the last 10 days straight in a remote location, Dawn to Dusk, 47 degrees C temp and 4 more days to go. Then back to Melbourne (5,000Klm total journey to get home), and I can play again. Cannot play here due to weight restrictions, camp life, and shift work - so someone has to dig this shxt out of the ground so we can make trumpets!!

    My first mail for a while, phones erratic and flies that want to cover me. I really do hope you all had a Great Easter. Seriously may it be a happy and Holy one for you all. For me, more hard work tomorrow....then 3 days to go.

    Keep Giggin'
     
  4. ccb_22

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    Update: Church had no A/C today and we were wearing tuxedos.
     
  5. B15M

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    I played with a brass quintet. It went very well. It was a record for the most I ever made in a single gig.
     
  6. Buck with a Bach

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    " Jesus Christ is Risen Today", six verses. Did just the alleuia's on three verses, sat out on two, then a descant for the sixth. saved the lip that way:play::shhh:
    judging from the tape, i may have shook some dust from the rafters and possibly cracked a window:huh::-P
    Of course i can pick my performance apart, cracked note, and a high A towards the end that kinda fuzzed. The congregation still was appreciative.............Buck:oops::roll:
     
  7. s.coomer

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    Played with a brass quartet, but the prelude was the 1st movement of the Vivaldi Concerto in C for two trumpets. Had fun and finally made a decent buck for Easter.
     
  8. Buck with a Bach

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    CCB, Our organist tends to drag, too. But, she keeps coming up with some neat stuff to play.........Buck:oops:
     
  9. rowuk

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    Bach Cantate 66 Erfreut Euch ihr Herzen and a bunch of hymns. We had the rehearsal at 9 and the service at 10:30. It was a real face full on the nat.
     
  10. Gliss Girl

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    The Church's music director was a little behind this year. At the beginning of last week, I had a fanfare for the outdoor sunrise service and processional scheduled with my Euphonium-player husband; an easy prelude with a brass quartet, and an accompaniment along with piano and organ with the choir on a medley titled "Resurrection" (arr. Curry).

    By Wednesday, the director had asked us to add to this a couple more trumpet/euphonium duets. One very simple and unaccompanied, so we could play our Bb instruments from the hymnal for offertory, and one more difficult piece as accompaniment to organ.

    A full plate, to say the least - and I'm only a two-year trumpeter (high school french horn player and 25-year-later come-back player at that), who has only played two previous trumpet solos in Church. However, I am intrepid, play for a church that forgives mistakes, and was willing to practice a lot!

    Then, mini-tragedy struck. Around midnight on Friday, I had turned all of the lights off in our house. In the pitch dark I thought I was in the clear when I bent down to pet the cat who meowed for attention, but SMACK! I hit my lower lip square in the middle, tasted blood and immediately thought Zoiks! Can I play?!

    Ouch! No practice Saturday and a sore lower lip that looked like I'd gotten overly-aggressive on Botox. What to do? There are no other trumpeters in our Church. Well, I decided to forge ahead. By this morning I was still not out of the woods - played the horn a little to the side with extra upper-lip, took some things down an octave, and prayed heavily. It wasn't flawless - thank goodness my husband could cover when I had trouble sustaining the fanfare - I was blowing air by the end of that all high-staff and above arrangement when my lip said "no more", but I think they'll let me come back again.

    So, I think I may be eligible for some kind of Purple Heart or something for this service, but all for the glory of God.

    - Gliss
     

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