So this weekend I had my first kinda major band show with my new band, a tattoo in Birmingham, and it was fricking epic! I got to play along side the famous Irish Guards with their amazing bearskins and also the band of the Jordanian army, who were… lets say a bit weird. I’m writing this after having 4 hours sleep from 2 days so if it doesn’t make sense then you know why.
The band met at the band hall at 7am and had to load the coach and trailer and we set off for about 8am.
We arrived at the massive arena for about 12 and went straight into rehearsal which was quite scary considering that professional musicians were watching us, It went ok and after that we did the massed bands rehearsal.
The show started at 6pm (a lot of waiting around was had, my feet were absolutely killing) and at 7:07pm the curtains opened and we performed, it went surprisingly well.
After that we had the massed bands grand finale, and to be honest it was torture, standing still for about an hour when you have been on the go since 7am is very tiring, but I soldered through and finished about 21:00
After this we got to the hotel and this is where the fun really happened, someone was celebrating their birthday so we all went to the bar, and guess what? They weren’t asking for ID, so I may have got a bit drunk, and stumbled up to bed at about 1:30.
Then at about 3:15 the FIRE ALARM went off… I got dressed quickly and went to the fire escape where everyone was to realize that someone had been smoking in their room. We got back into our room about 15 minutes later and the alarm was still going off,
Then at about 4:15am someone knocked on my door… asking if I had any spare sugar. At this point I realized that I was not going to sleep at all, considering that my room-mate was the king of all snorers,
I eventually got about 3 hours sleep, got up to go in the shower and there was no hot water, so I went for breakfast, and then boarded the coach with 57 very tired people, we arrived for our second show,
We had a small rehearsal and was watched by some other members of another youth band, they seemed quite impressed and after the reharsal we got ready and did our performance, this performance was much more nerveracking, there was more people watching and some peoples parents, and even another youth band from just down the road, luckily it went even better than the night before.
After this I had an (absolutely terrible) lunch of chicken and hash browns, and the massed bands then wowed the crowds and it was all finished, we packed up the coach and trailer and set off, and our band director announced that we had won best band in the whole tattoo! an amazing achievement considering that there were 3 PROFESSIONAL bands alongside us, I got home at about 21:30 and it’s fair to say I’m not going to get some sleep.
Hope you enjoyed reading my story