over here in Germany a function,birthday party,Wedding is called a Gala
...and unlike my experiences in NY here they are generally around 6-7 hours
everything held up well!! i was able to feel comfortable with my sound and play in tune..those are my 2 main concerns...
I had help.... first of all my Sakshama MBII gave me just what I needed..a full rich and warm sound...clear and even through the register i have to focus very concentratedly on the streamined contour of the piece as I practice on fat HR pieces at home,but it didnt ever let me down
im using a sterling plus neck on my Mark 6 keeps everything focused
and for overkill a saxgourmet neck enhancer...and it really gave me that extra focus
i was very comfortable on stage...it was a strange,but cool venue...at the base of one of those inflatable water tanks...the room was a hexagon and made completely out of concrete....sound of the horn really carried...I never used a Mic!!!
At home i practice the sax basically the same way as I do the trumpet concentrating on keys like A,B,F#,Ab minor and it really had my fingers prepared for the gig.It's a highly MIDI sequenced band so I was free a lot to work out my own lines and just flow
just glad to put the horn in action...next time I'll take the bari too!!!