I've been practicing every day and improving as I go, so I played fairly well. Another mellophone and I traded off playing the solo in the opener. It is such a sweet, kickin' solo.
I'm getting to learn many of the peoples' names, and I try best I can to greet the high school-age kids to help make them feel included and special in an room half full of adults who are 2 or 3 times their age.
What's funny/interesting is that I'm actually using my skills as a GM and a Trainer with these folks as well. I am not in charge and I have no seniority whatsoever, but I think it makes people happy to know that I notice when they do a nice job at something or are obviously trying very hard to play something right and I make a little comment to that effect.
Several of us went for a quick bite to eat at a mexican restaurant after rehearsal, and I got to spend time talking with a couple people I hadn't talked to before. I'm getting to really like some of these folks.
I'm going to be tired for work tomorrow...have to be up in 6 1/2 hours.
I can't wait until Saturday when we have a full corps rehearsal and begin learning the drill for the opener. Our show is called "Pastime" and is baseball-related music. The opener is "It Don't Mean a Thing (If You Ain't Got that Swing)"...get it?....swing? hah! I love it. It is a super-terrific arrangement and is really amazing. Once we get it all down and record it and post it to our website, I'll provide a link here.