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Postby jperry1466 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:03 am

Yeah, it's early, but we had to have ours today (Dec. 1) because of so many conflicts in our small college town. This is in Stephenville, Texas, and our 2nd year to ever have this. We had 16 participants last year and grew to 41 this year. We definitely have to find a bigger venue next time.

(By the way, Mack Brass was well represented with at least 3 TU-410 CC and 1 TU-210 BBb tubas in the group.)
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Postby Three Valves » Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:39 pm

It would be hard for me to leave a venue that is indoors with nice chairs and stands!!
Who needs four valves??

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Postby jperry1466 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:16 am

Well, we're looking for another indoor venue. I'm not much anymore for holding a tuba while standing up outdoors in 35-40 degree weather. Our organizer happens to be a member of this particular Methodist church and got permission to use it. There were a few stands, but most of us brought our own.
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Postby Bill Troiano » Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:15 am

Back in my NY days, we welcomed 35 - 40 degree weather at Rockefeller Center. 50’s was perfect, but it didn’t happen often. 20’s felt a bit cold and was pretty much the norm. In 1981, it was -18 wild chill factor (actual temp was below 0.) I swore I would never play the event again, but that was before Harvey asked me to be an area coordinator. That year, we played around 10 minutes, until everyone’s valves froze.

Fast forward to Austin, and it’s been sunny and in the 60 - 70 degree range the past 9 years. Plus, we’re facing south and the sun reflects off the bell, giving me a sunburn on one side of my face. I can’t win !!
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