I play the trumpet. With a few interruptions, I’ve played it since I was in grade school. Since college, I’ve played either by myself or accompanying the hymns at church.
At the beginning of November I was overcome by a rare urge to try something new. So I emailed the director of the Knoxville Community Band and asked him about joining. He said they could use another trumpet player. So the following Tuesday I showed up and slid in with the 2nd trumpets.
It felt strange being in an organized music group again. I had not played in a band since my freshman year in college–over 20 years ago. In particular, four things took some getting used to:
- Tempo: Band music can move much faster than hymns
- Key/Time Signature Changes: You’ve got to pay attention to the music
- Sitting Out: The trumpets rest quite a bit; you’ve got to count measures
- A Conductor: You’ve got to watch him
I joined the band as it was ramping up preparation of Christmas songs, which culminated in a concert Sunday at the Bijou Theater. Here’s video and a few photos of the event.
I don’t get much camera time. One of the shots you can see me is at 37:37.
I’ve enjoyed being in the band. Both playing and listening to the music soothes my soul. I look forward to more of it next year.