I had an interesting thought when I was packing up after the gig yesterday afternoon regarding what is now "necessary" for me to gig. Let me explain. When I was a kid, I had a cornet and the case was set up so that the tray holding the cornet had a big space underneath and it would lift up, so you could place sheets of music or the school band books flat in the case under the horn, and everything I needed, I could carry in that one case. Fast forward to now. Here is my list of things I brought to do the gig: Bb Trumpet Bb Flugelhorn Trumpet Stand Flugelhorn Stand Stand Light Valve Oil 9-V Batteries (for the Shure in-ears pack and the wireless Beta 87 vocal mic) Sound Shield Book of music (Currently contains roughly 240 charts) Tuner with bell mic (I use it to spot check intonation and for flugel tunes when the flugel is cold) Shure E1 In-Ear Monitor Buds other things that I used but didn't bring: Mic Stand for horn Shure SM57 Microphone for trumpet Mic Stand for Vocal Mic Shure Beta 87 wireless vocal mic mic cable for horn mic Shure In-Ear monitor pack Folding, locking stand for music (and it has to lock - a Manhassett won't hold the book because it's too heavy) When did all of this stuff become necessary!? Of course with Big Band, the list is different, but still extensive. You still need all of the horns, stands and music, but for the most part, you don't need the electronics. however, then you can add to this your selection of mutes: Straight Cup Harmon plunger Derby It's an interesting evolution going from the high school student who only has a handful of music to learn and might only have one or two mutes, and doesn't own a flugelhorn, to carting around everything that you need to gig out in a party band or a big band. Just a random thought for a Monday morning.