Tis the season to be jolly and what could make anyone more jolly than the sound of a french horn? Or better yet, a french horn choir? Here's what I've been up to the last few weeks along with a photo that I've kept off of fb!
Lets run down the schedule. I've played for church programs the last two Sundays, each involving 2 rehearsals beforehand. It's always a blessing to play at my own church and I was equally blessed to be at First UMC in Nederland last week. You just can't beat the feeling of being around brothers and sisters in Christ during the Christmas time. Everyone there was super appreciative and excited about celebrating the birth of Jesus.
In addition, Vanissa, who plays for the local symphony, organized a group of horn players to go caroling. We practiced once last week and hit the streets of Beaumont Thursday and Saturday morning, playing for several older folks that are home-bound as well as ministers and crowds at the local CFA, McAlister's, and mall food court. Everyone was gracious in letting us play, though one nameless deli put us where we wouldn't be heard well, and we were well received by listeners. Yesterday, we followed up by touring Mid-County playing for friends, grandparents, and the other CFA. The Mid-County playing was especially good with the exception of one poor band director we visited, a performance we will blame on the lack of light and abundance of wind.
Needless to say, we had a blast on each outing and look forward to horn caroling again next year, and will be looking for other opportunities to play throughout the year.
After all this playing, my chops are in the best shape they've seen in probably 6 years. Now the challenge is to keep them there through the break until the Lamar Civic Orchestra starts back up. BTW If you ever need a horn player or other instrumentalist, just let me know and I'd be glad to recommend someone. What else, what else? I'm dreaming of all my rides and races coming up in the spring. Follow that link on the sidebar to sponsor me for the MS ride. More info coming soon on how you can sponsor me for Bike Out Hunger.
Merry Christmas, All! Take a minute and tell me about your Christmas plans!