"Nervous Playing" Causes, Effects and Remedies

On Sunday, May 20th, 2007 at 1:30 PM the National Association of Brass Band Conductors will hold a seminar at the Salvation Army 184 High Street, Cottenham, CB4 8SA.

To get there, exit the A14 towards Histon, then follow the B1049.
  The building is on your left heading north, after a bend in the road to the right.
  Alternatively, use these directions:
  from Histon

For more information, please contact Brian Draper, Chairman of NABBC Area 3.

General outline of the afternoon

1:30 pmWelcome by Brian Draper: Chairman
1:40 pmDr Jon Hall
3:00 pmBreak for Refreshments
3:20 pmDr Jon Hall
4:20 pmAny Questions; thanks by chairman


Many players have encounter the sudden attack of nerves during performance when all they can do is to struggle through their piece as best they can and feeling totally dejected afterwards knowing that they have the ability to do much better.

For many, this condition can persist, being most prevalent prior to and during important performances such as Contests as well as concerts. This can have a knock-on effect and spread throughout the band, and the conductor's nightmare is the feeling of helplessness as the performance goes to pieces despite any efforts to pull it around.

This seminar will be an opportunity for conductorsand players alike to participate, and to find strategies that will help solve this problem.

The seminar will be led by Dr. Jon Hall, who will be assisted by the Cottennham Band, and is free to all member conductors, with a small charge to cover costs to non members.