We took the girls' trumpet in to the music store today to see if they could fix the springs to make the valves work properly. We expected to have to pay between 30-40 dollars to have it fixed. They looked at it and said it was just very dirty. They sold me a $2 tool to push a cleaning rag through the holes and showed me how to wipe off the valves. They told us to take it home and give it a bath, literally. So that's what we did. Isn't it great when something turns out to be an inexpensive easy fix?
My second day of praise band practice was tonight also. I didn't do as well as last week because the music was faster and almost all in keys I'm not familiar with. I'm going to keep trying though. I've been practicing every day, so hopefully I'll be ready in a couple of weeks. The other trombone player has been playing 3 times a week since 1991, so at least I've got a good teacher to help me over the rough spots.