I just got a call from the principal trumpet in my orchestra. He said that he has injured his embouchure (the muscles of the mouth you need to play) and can’t play lead. So now the second player is moving to first, and I’m moving from third to second. Not necessarily a problem, but I’ve never even looked at the part before, let alone practiced it, and will be sight reading it at the rehearsal tonight. And it’s significantly more difficult than my original part.

Just last night, I leaned over to the second player and pointed out a particularly nasty line in his part and said, “Better you than me.” Well, now it’s me. I guess I spoke too soon. Should be fun, though perhaps a little nerve wracking. I’ve got the post-rehearsal beers chilling now....