Third Carrickfergus Band Survival Tips

Below are a few helpful tips submitted by a member for survival in Third Carrick.

1. At home, always store your instrument in the most inconspicuous place possible, so as not to be constantly reminded of the fact that you have to practice.

2. Always be late for rehearsals, so that your presence be especially noticed.

3. It is not important how you attach mouthpieces, mutes, etc. to your instrument as long as they can fall out easily.

4. To be able to check your tone well, always continue playing briefly after the conductor has stopped.

5. Staying away from rehearsals is an excellent way to give proof of your importance.

6. Be kind your fellow musicians by playing so loudly, that another person's mistakes attract less attention.

7. In order to obtain extra certainty, it is best to ask questions about issues that have been discussed at previous rehearsals.

8. In order to be sure that all water is thoroughly removed from all values and slides, you should blow it out in a way it can be well heard. It is best to do this during delicate, quiet passages, or when the conductor is speaking.

9. March books, hymn books and mutes can be lost easily. It is therefore advisable to leave them at home.

10. Wear shoes with hard soles to rehearsals in order to be able to tap audibly on the floor and thus play in time.

11. To remind the conductor of the current time, look at your watch often and conspicuously. Shake the watch, if you are not certain if it tells the correct time.

12. In order to be sure that your instrument is put away correctly in its case it is best to start packing well before the end of the rehearsal.

13. It is not really necessary to celebrate family events or birthdays on the day itself. You may very well move these to the evening of rehearsal.

14. Consistently refuse to play anything other that 1st parts. Never admit that the 2nd and 3rd parts are sometimes more difficult.

15. Always shake your head when other musicians make mistakes.

16. Scores can be best put away in your instrument case in a rolled up or folder manner.

17. To avoid wear and tear to the inside of your instrument never clean it.

18. Make sure that the main tuning slide is thoroughly stuck, so that other players always have to tune up to you.

19. When checking for intonation, stare blankly at the tuning slide, move it in or out, then put it back where it originally was. This will ensure perfect harmony with your colleagues.