Your last minute party can happen any time. When should you expect the next one? Every day. What do you do whenever something occurs that calls for a celebration? You gather some friends to mark the occasion — usually with food, drinks, and music.
This is especially true with the holiday season now approaching. You find a little extra money in the current budget? What a surprise — how nice! Why, throw a party and invite your friends!
In my experience, I’ve found the basics of planning music for a last minute party to be essentially the same as for every party. Naturally some time-related aspects become more crucial, but every well-planned event begins with asking what’s the purpose of the party?
This leads directly to asking who the guests will be and what they’ll need to get into the proper mood. From this answer come all the details you and a few friends will proceed to assemble.
Everything counts: who’s participating, the location, food and drinks, decor, flowers, lighting, and music — everything helps create the atmosphere you want.
Of course, some events — like weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries — come as no surprise, and are often planned long in advance. However others — like casual cocktail parties, picnics, and dinners — are just as likely to be spur-of-the-moment affairs, prompted by a surprise visit, an unexpected award, or even the death of a loved one.
For example, here I am playing cornet in a friend’s New Orleans style brass band last Friday afternoon. Our music helped create a “celebration of life” for a memorial ceremony in Menlo Park. Bruce Deal took some wonderful photos.
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