most disappointing trumpet moment

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  1. dorkdog

    dorkdog Pianissimo User

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    For me it was getting up in front of 1000 and realizing that my MP had fallen out of my pocket where I was keeping it warm. I made a joke, asked the audience if anyone happened to have a trumpet mouthpiece (of course there was silence and some laughter) and a few seconds hence one of the other participants brought it out to me just as I was preparing to leave the stage in disgrace. I'd left it just backstage after fidgeting with it in my nervousness (playing Ponp and Circumstance at a graduation with 3 weeks of playing time under my belt - not for the timid!) I was so nervous and shaken there was vibrato on every note and I got dead air on the very first note because my mouth was really dry after my faux pas.

    Of course, audiences not being musicians, everyone had positive comments and I'll be doing it regularly.

    I don't regret it a bit. If you want to tell stories, you've got to take chances.
     
  2. edfitzvb

    edfitzvb Forte User

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    Any time I play in church, if there are any "clams" or any other slight deviance from perfection that I hear but others may not, I always tell people that I have to throw in a few mistakes or people will think i am showing off.
     
  3. Branson

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    Our Faculty Brass Quintet had an afternoon formal concert at Coe College in Iowa and the day before I was in the fields with my German Shorthair Pointer in field trials. On the way to the recital, I asked if anyone in the quintet had some chapstix I could use for I had some dry chops. The other trumpet player had an extra and gave it to me. It was a different brand than what I was used to but I used it anyway. As we got closer to show time I noticed that my lips were swelling and continued to swell as we mounted the stage. I was able to play half way down the first chart and that was the end of my playing that day. My lips reacted to this new lip ointment and I could not get another note out. We had to end our performance after playing one number. To add insult to injury, they insisted that we stay for the reception they had planned for us.

    It was a very quiet ride back to our campus. We also lost a lot of money for the program.
    The moral of the story “Don’t try new medications before a concert”.
     
  4. gmonady

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    I never make a mistake when I play jazz... this I know... Miles Davis says so... So it is... So What?
     
  5. Ed Lee

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    Shucks. I always thought a mistake in church was forgiven ... or was its purpose to keep the congregation awake.
     
  6. Ed Lee

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    When one plays jazz like you do ... who would know if it was a mistake or an intended note.
     
  7. gmonady

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    Ed... Thanks... I think.
     
  8. SteveRicks

    SteveRicks Fortissimo User

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    While not my own disappointing moment, I was at a large church in PA. They had a guy ( wont give his name) who played lead for Buddy Rich several years later sight reading the Easter accompaniment with the choir-seems like with a flute, violin, and couple of other instruments. It was soft, very, very exposed, and on the flugelhorn. All nonmelody- tonal stuff. Apparently the person that wrote the horn part had no idea the flugel was in Bb. Every single note for the horn was wrong. Every note. There was nothing the horn player could do to even guess what he should be playing. Surprisingly, he played exactly what was on the paper, every note, didn't even wince. I had hauled my father along to see him because of his great playing ability. Dad is still wondering how he could have ever made it in a big band, yet alone on lead.
     
  9. tobylou8

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    that's priceless!!! Rofl
     
  10. Ed Lee

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    Just paraphrasing the quote of another jazz player who said he didn't know what was next, did anyone.
     

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