Have you ever noticed how different two performances can be? Sometimes everything clicks. Sometimes it doesn't. Our community has a subset of the band that is sort of like a jazz band. We played last night at the Legends golf resort -part of the Robert Tent Jones Golf Trail (one of the top 10 golf trails in the world is here in good old Alabama-so come visit us if you golf). ANyway, we were set up outside on a porch playing into a ballroom. A thunderstorm had just finished, the air was cool and saturated. Boy, did we sound good. Intonation right on, tight, etc. Considering our skills, a fabulous job. Today we are out in a park at an outdoor arts festival. First, the schedule got thrown off so we are standing around for over an hour in the sun waiting on someyouth ballet group to finish. A quick setup on an outdoor stage, wind at 15 MPG, pollen, bees, and music blowing around nicely, and the sun beating down, bright, and right in the eyes. It was the worse performance I can remember. Intonation was all over the place, playing was very loose, and I have never heard so many clams. Over the course of an hour, I know I must have had at least 10 clams. And, some of them weren't just missing the note -I was actually pushing the wrong valve down (kept thinking to myslef, why am I missing so may key signatures notes.) I was on second. The lead guy was muffing rhythms, and cracking notes. It was likethe brass players couldn't get their lips to buzz. On several charts, nothing came out on the downbeat -and it wasn't just me. Even the director finally said, "guys we are missing first measure of each chart badly." Afterward I went up to a sax player sitting in front of me to apoloze for the mistakes and she started by apologizing for all her wrong notes. Sure glad it was a small audience. Yeah, I know, that is what separates the pros from the boys.Were we ever boys. Guess the point of the post is that it is amazing how a few "being off" can really snowball to others.