I played in front of my church this morning (300-400 People),Myself, a Trombone, Tenor sax and a piano . I played the 1956 Coprion Bell Director.
We played 10 songs ,Set 1 was Comprised of 5 patriotic songs,and then a congregational sing-along of Battle hymn of the republic.
Set 2 was 5 Songs about the Cross .
We had 4 days to prepare for this ,(That is to say i got the music 3 days before) and only got 2 practices together before show time.
I was so keyed up ,, I only got about 4 hours sleep last night .My lips were a tiny bit swollen from practicing to hard and to long ,and i got the shakes about the second verse of the second song.
At the end of the first set they threw us a Curve Ball,by asking to do a congregational sing-along with Battle hymn of the republic,I had put that sheet music down on the chair behind me, and when i went to grab that piece i couldn't find it,I totally forgot that my copy had the Title (Mine eyes have seen The glory) !! ,Needless to say the piano started up and I'm left standing in front of the other players with no music ,about 3 bars into the tune i stepped back a little and played over the shoulder of the Tenor sax player .
Now I know I'm gonna get a lot of good-natured ribbing for this ,BUT i wasn't gonna stand there for 3 verses holding my horn!!!!
Other than that, everything went pretty well ,aside from me almost loosing the buzz on the last notes .
Afterwards i had several people come up to me and thank me ,,,this is the first time in 30 er so years a trumpet has vibrated the walls in my church .
Everyone seemed to enjoy it ,we even got a standing O after The star spangled Banner ,however i didn't even notice because i was so focused on the music .
For the pro Players here I'm sure it's no big deal ,but i now have a great story about my come-back .Also i learned a few things like,,,,don't practice the night before,and just toot the thing .
All-in all it would'nt have been as good as it was without the advice and knowledge I've read here at TM Thanks to all .