First solo for me was "I Dont Know how to Love Him" from third cornet pne night when my Flugel player didnt show, :evil: , that would be when i was about 7. I also had to play "For Your Eyes Only" at the same concert as the Euphonium player bottled it and the conductor who was my teacher and dad made me stand up to play that as well. Thankfully it was a small church so all the old dears loved it!
Still going strong today so it obviously wasnt enough to put me off for ever!!
My first stand up solo was Rule Britannia by John Hartmann, which I did at the age of 15 after 2 years of playing the Euph. It was also one of my Grade 7 pieces- all of it went well, variations were tight, last variation zoomed along nicely but my tongue nearly dropped off, and then got to the last bar and missed the top C! ARGH! Lol! :lol:
My first solo was aged 8 with Holme Band Juniors at Netherthong Zion Chapel in 1972.
I played 'Old McDonald had a Farm' from 'Tune a day Book One', for the local old folks treat.
The scary thing is I can remember it all like it was yesterday!
By the way, I shook like a leaf so nothing has changed in 32 years really.
Several weeks ago, I said that it was "The Joker" by Harold Moss. I must however correct myself, it was "Apollo" by Forest L Butchell. How could I forget the solo which gave me 1st place in the Army Junior Music Festival 1967, and 1st place in the Devon and Exeter Music Festival of the same year. Oh well, it's about time I entered something else I suppose.
I think, though it's in the dim and distant past that my first stand up was Bombastic Bombardon with the school band. I was only about 12 or 13 but I can still remember every note (including some cues I had to put in to keep the other basses in the right place!) if I shut my eyes.
I'm sure I have played both a brass and a wind band version of the Happy Hippo.
The most embarrasing solo I ever did was Bass in the Ballroom which I did from memory, wandering around the audience while I did it - until one day, for no real reason, I forgot the cue for coming out of the cadenza. I was at the far end of the hall and it must have taken 5 minutes to get back to the stand - it felt more like 5 years Has that happened to anyone else?
Mine was either I don't know how to love him, My Love is like a red red rose, Grandfathers Clock (air vari), Share My Yoke or High on A Hill. I have a strange feeling it was high on a hill though. I'm rubbish at remembering stuff! I can remember being nervous though!!!!