I've been posting here for about 5 1/2 years, which is how long I've been playing my tenor, and last week, I finally got to play in front of an audience. There's a brand new community big band in my small town. I know the director pretty well, and he asked me to join though he'd never heard me play. 5 weeks of once-a- week rehearsal, 13 songs to get down in that time, and I did it! Lots and lots of practice for me; most of the other players are way farther along than I am so I took my cues from them. I don't think I embarrassed myself too badly, and I had a blast. Managed to get my picture on the front page of the paper 3 times; I guess an old lady playing the tenor is somehow newsworthy. Our show kicked off a weekend long jazz festival with a couple of pro-level performances. That part was pretty humbling. I still have a LOT to learn--and I'm ready to get down to it.