By Dave Strand
I played trombone in high school. For the first couple of years, I was a pretty timid player. Afraid of making mistakes, I would play soft until I felt comfortable with the music. Needless to say, sight reading a new piece was really stressful.
The Best Advice
One summer, I was lucky enough to attend Jazz Camp at Willamette University in Oregon. We’d just attempted a pretty challenging jazz chart (the performance was less than stellar), our director took a breath, stepped away from his podium and said simply, “I need you all to do one thing for me. Play Out.”