I am a returning member who hasn't checked in for a long time. I joined the original site set up some time back with the aim of connecting with brass or woodwind players around the uk.
As a Trumpet player, I still seem to spend most of my time playing in the secular field, although I now play in a worship band as well.
I am still looking to connect with Sax, Trumpet, Trombone players around the UK for possible horn section development. We seem to have an abundance of guitar, keyboard and drum talent in our UK churches, but very little for horn sections.
If anyone is out there (And surely there must be!) in the UK and is interested in networking with other horn players, please shout out and let's see how many people we can connect. Who knows where it could lead.
Seriously? 0 Replies? We have no UK Brass or woodwind players left in UK churches? I knew we were a dying breed, but didn't realise extinction had taken place!
Shout out if you are still there!
There are plenty in the Salvation Army but I'm not sure I've seen any of them online here.
I think one of the challenges is that the perfect player for church should be an excellent improvisor, able to play entirely by ear or work from concert pitch songbooks and be content to not play all the time. Unfortunately that doesn't mesh too well with how most worship groups seem organised in practise, without the level of scoring and rehearsal time that might be required.
We have a guy in our church who is a brilliant trumpeter/cornet player, but he spends so much of his time playing for one orchestra or another, usually one of the big London orchestras (BBC phil, London phil etc). It is difficult to get him to do anything as he can never commit in advance and the 'gigs' he gets are his income!
However, we have used him for a few 'specials' such as when we have had baptism and confirmation services and some carol services.
He can do any of the 'worship group' stuff, but just cannot commit to a regular slot.
Along with most other people I know, he is not a 'worship afficionado' so is unlikely to be on this site either.
"I think one of the challenges is that the perfect player for church should be an excellent improvisor, able to play entirely by ear or work from concert pitch songbooks and be content to not play all the time."
That's how I started out. There's little to nothing with horn parts in it, so finding your own place is pretty much a necessity. Having a collection of percussion instruments and (more importantly) knowing how to use them effectively can make the 'horn guy' an important part of any team instead of an occasional novelty. In my case our lead guitarist left so the sax is the only real lead instrument we have most of the time.
"We have no UK Brass or woodwind players left in UK churches?"
I'm sure they're out there, but very few are on this site as it's mainly worship leaders here. If I were in the UK I'd be thrilled to get together. I've a brother in Dunstable, but that doesn't help much.
Shame you're not a bit further South Paul - I'm sure we could find a place to play together occasionally.
I am used to travelling all over the country for gigs, so a meet with other likeminded musos could be organised in the future I'm sure. What do you play?
There is a good Pro Christian Sax player down Oxfordshire way - a Mark Wiseman. Do you know him?
I'm a guitar player (isn't almost everyone?) and I seem to play pretty much worship only these days. I don't know Mark, though there's just a chance I may have met him about 12+ years ago. A chap called Andy Boxall arranged a worship event with some of us local guys and brought in a bunch of his friends who were professional musicians (Ben Castle was the only one whose name I can remember).