best thing about fabe?
What’s the best thing about being in FABE?|
Now that is a good question.
Well, at one stage in my life I would definitely have said the travelling. The thought of getting on a plane one day and arriving on the other side of the world by dawn; spending two or three weeks travelling around meeting new people and performing a concert in an exotic location with a big party at the end. The combination of all these factors produces a big kick and I still love it.
Ultimately the biggest thrill must be the playing. I have had the pleasure of working with some extraordinary brass musicians (and have done so for most of my adult life). Sitting in an orchestra, a band, a pit or whatever and playing the trombone rarely allows me the freedom of expression or the satisfaction that I get from chamber music.
After a long journey you often emerge from the car tired and rumpled thinking ‘What on earth am I doing here?’ You see people walking home after a hard day’s work and we haven’t started. But music has a magical property. When it goes well it’s like stepping into heaven. There can't be many jobs that do that.
I have gone on stage unable to breathe, with running eyes, blocked nose etc. and come off two hours later cured. Yes, tunes help you breathe more easily.