Being a regular percussion player over the years, is/are there any experience/s that you would like to share with us?
I have 3 unforgettable experiences which are the highlight of my musical career. The first was when I was one of the three soloists positioned at the front of the stage(downstage)performing a modern French composition. I was in the moment as it was heavenly when the stage spotlight was shining down on me and the music just captured me. It was incredibly fulfilling.
The other was in the Hello Broadway musical with the cast and singers from New York performing music from 5 different Broadway musicals. I remember at the first rehearsal my set up consisted of 12 percussion instruments spread over 12 feet and I was solely covering a 3-man job due to a budget. The highlight was when I was invited to go downstage (closest to the audience) and I started the drumbeat to the Lion King circle of Life on a conga. Another spotlight moment.
Last but not least experience was playing the Xylophone in an encore music piece called Sabre Dance by Russian Composer Khachaturian. The conductor led the Orchestra in an unusual and extremely fast tempo and it was near impossible but I managed to play in unison with the Violins. The excitement and adrenaline overtook any nerves I had and the feeling was great. It was special and magical because on hindsight I didn’t know how I could play at such a breakneck precise tempo but I did it. The ST newspaper concert reviewer and other concert goers gave me kudos.