barliman--I resigned from the big band since it will be quite a while before I'm playing lead. My replacement has talked to me about coming back and eventually playing "ride". I'm thinking about it but it will be a while. I play in a non-paying band also and that's the one to which I was referring--going to keep everything in the staff for a while. Sorry to learn of your grandmother's misfortune--fortunately (for me) techniques have improved and I'm not predisposed to do anything that might hurt me.
I think this will actually be an interesting experiment that I'm looking forward to completing.