You Need to Play Out

You Need to Play Out


If you are a senior (like me) or one of those Starving Music Students, practice and rehearsal is fine, but you need to play out.  

I had been out of music for a while and started back up when I was in my 50’s.  I sought out a private instructor for lessons on the saxophone.  I was going to do it right this time.  My teacher said that lessons and practicing was fine but I needed to play out with a group.  I told him I was not ready.  He told me to just jump in.  Talk about a leap of faith!

I started with a local community band.  I must tell you, on my first night, I sucked.  I thought that I was in way over my head.  My teacher told me to keep at it.  So I did.

That was almost 20 years ago.  I now play in one of the better community bands in our area.  I also play in a 15 dance band, playing all of my favorite Bid Band charts of yesteryear!  I am the “youngster” in this group since some of our members are in their 90’s!  I stared out on tenor sax but later switched to bari sax and I am having a great time

Of course your personal music story is different from me but the bottom line is; you gotta play out!  BTW the picture was from a Gentlemen of Swing gig and that crazy looking lady is Rosie Red of the Cincinnati Reds.

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