Tenor, alto, Bb Clarinet, Flute
Like any other job, show up early and be ready to work. To paraphrase Woody Allen, "eighty percent [of success in] life is showing up." That's all I got.
I find that's true in golf. When I'm with a really good player it ups my game. Forces me to concentrate.Prepare to grow a LOT. Playing with others, especially if they're better than you are, is the best way to improve.
I agree. It's better to observe the culture of the group early on. I would assume these guys already know each other and you're the only new guy. So it's good to get a feel for the group's dynamics, who's a leader, who's a follower, do they drink or smoke while working etc. then as you get comfortable do what seems acceptable.I agree with being friendly, but I wouldn't bring beers or booze if you are thinking about making this a gigging opportunity.
You only get to make a first impression once.