I played through high school, was a performance major in college, continued playing and teaching after college, took the inevitable (it seems) few years off and made a comeback 4 years ago. I overcame any stage fright I had by the time I was partway through college. Performing isn't something I could do if every performance were accompanied by overwhelming, "bring a spare pair" terror. I enjoy performing and I currently perform at least once a month and sometimes as often as once or more a week. My performances range from being the principle second in a wind ensemble to lead trumpet in a dance band to a featured soloist. I have noticed, however, that some performances are accompanied by what I'll call "ambush stage fright". I'll get on stage and be seized by unreasonable nervousness. The first time it happened, I thought it was because I was taken out of my comfort zone of being in the section and put at the front of the stage, almost within reach of the audience for a feature (it was something I had performed before, not a difficult piece). I dismissed it. Same auditorium, playing a trio with the wind ensemble, up front, no nerves. I've noticed that some of the dances inexplicably get to me this way, too. Suddenly, I'm nervous for no good reason. The latest incident was a peformance at church. I can hear myself trembling on the recording, although I will admit no one else did. I was well rehersed for this performance and for goodness' sake, the church was nothing but old people! It's not like it was a major audition. I thought maybe it was mentally attaching importance to certain performances, but that doesn't explain suddenly being nervous in the middle of a dance even without a mic being shoved in my bell unexpectedly. Just wondering if anyone else has had this issue or had any ideas of what's happening in my head?