Well it seems the holiday season got away from me, as such busy times often do. This performance was on the 14th of December with the Shafter Mennonite orchestra and choir, and was a lovely way to end the year.
Surprising opening acts seems to be a theme of the gigs I’ve been playing, and this was no exception. While we gathered on stage for the performance, there was a set played by a small handbell choir! It was a really gorgeous performance, and reminded me that at some time I would really like to learn some kind of percussion instrument.
The orchestra performance went off without a hitch. During rehearsals there had been a few concerns with sound reinforcement because many of the instruments were acoustic while I was playing with amplification. I was not in a position where I could hear the balance of the ensemble, so we decided to patch me through the house PA system. This ended up ironing out the wrinkles pretty well! There is no substitute for a sound reinforcement professional who knows what they are doing.
The set list was mostly pop orchestra, with a couple of alt country styled tunes featuring solo vocals sprinkled in here and there. I really enjoyed playing for the Shafter Mennonite Brethren Church and their talented musicians, and would love to play for them again sometime in the future.