On Sunday I had the wonderful opportunity to perform with the Mercer Community Band during their Christmas Concert! I performed Auld Lang Syne by Simone Mantia and had an absolutely amazing time.
I was pretty nervous a week before. I felt unprepared and like I hadn’t spent enough time working on the piece. A good friend listened to me play and really helped me get settled mentally about how prepared I was and also about the mindset that I should try to have on stage. It worked WONDERS.
Every teacher I have ever had has told me “Put yourself in the music, make it yours.” But to have the experience of really believing that and putting in the effort and thought process to achieve that on stage is entirely new to me.
While it is a relatively simple piece, and while people will say “Oh its JUST community band.” This performance meant a lot to me. I learned a lot through preparing for it, and had an absolute BLAST playing on stage for so many people.
One of the audience members came up to me at the end of the concert and said “Wow you must be living your dream!” And I really truly am. 🥰🥰
It is these kinds of performances that remind me “This is why I do this.” Take all the gigs! The seemingly small ones, the seemingly way to big ones, all of them. Get all the experience performing. The best way to beat performance anxiety is to perform as often as you can.
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