I can't remember what my first solo part was, probably memory or something like that...but first stand up at the front of the stage solo was on my own, with no accompanyment whatso-ever, with all my family in the audience (including grandparents from Inverness), and I stood there and played (i use the word played in the loosest possible sense!!) rod stewarts "sailing" followed by er...my god, it's so long ago I can't remember!!
That had to be the toughest night of my life...I just blundered my way through it. Aah, those were the days...much happier as 2nd man down!
My first solo was on Trombone and I played it at leicester, when my SA young people;s band went there for the w/e. It was 'The Old Drummer'.
The 2nd solo I played was also that w/e and that was 'The Priceless Gift'.
I remember them well, because the weekend before we went away, my dad had asked me if I had practiced my solos. I told him that I had. He then told me to play them. Ooooooooopppppssss, never lie to your dad!.
20 minutes later, cue one little 7 year old crying his eyes out, all because his dad went to see Norwich play without him, all to teach him a lesson :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
I think mine must have been the Peanut Vendor at Blackpool this year... probably the most hideous piece of music in living history... although I did play little donkey as part of a trombone duet when I was 10...
I'll play something musical one of these days... :?
Being a relative newbie to the brass banding world (I started last summer) I've only ever played my one solo - "Somewhere over the Rainbow" although I have played it in our last 3 concerts (so I must be doing something right). Our MD has gratefully decided that I am to play this first solo at my first ever contest as well. No pressure... :hammer
With a band - I can't remember the name of it. It wasn't anything special though.
Without - I think it was that opera-ey one that was grade 6 at the time I did grade 6.......gosh I can't remember. I remember doing a terrible viby viersion of Mozart's 4th horn concerto 3rd mvt, *hangs head in shame*
I think my first stand up solo was the dodgy solo line in "Chanson D'Amour" with the Bon-Accord B Band at the age of 14. Classy stuff! I also recall a rather split-tastic rendition of "By the time I get to Phoenix" with the Bon-Accord Silver Band not long after in regensburg for a dodgy beer festival though - I seem to recall I was absolutely petrified to begin with and splattered it quite spectacularly but then had to play it later in the day after way too much underage beer drinking and it seemed to go really well! That was until I heard the recording.....