The "Sinterklaas" (Dutch Santa Claus) season has started again in the Netherlands, which means lots of playing for us. Sinterklaas arrives in every village separately, everywhere in the style of the village (He came by chariot-style wagon in our Roman origin town), and there is almost everywere a brass band to welcome him with his songs. Now the problem is, it's just about 4 degrees Celcius out here (Just above freezing) and we are outside and playing all day in all the villages. Last year I got a massive pair of chapped lips and my hands and lips got sort of numb. Does anybody have any tips or experience on playing in a cold environment? Especially the lip part, because my endurance just seems to drop dramaticly.
I tried gloves, but I found them to be way too big and clumsy for trumpet playing. The song I play by head, but a lot of people in our band don't, since it's just an annual thing, and they seem to have a lot of difficulty turning the sheets and keeping the booklet on the lyres, any tips on that?
Thanks in advance,