Pre-Show Prep

Tonight Deception is playing the first of its 2 weekend shows at the Church of the Blues. We’re one of the 6 house bands that have been chosen to play at the new Blues club in Mission.


Last night I spent some time getting my good, old workhorse ready for the marathon weekend.

For rehearsal on Wednesday night, I took my Selmer. It was the first time I’ve played it in over a month, because I’ve been getting to know my Conn 10M much better. When I went to wail away on some solos on Wednesday, suddenly my fingers were moving much faster than my keys were responding: my upper stack was sticking like crazy.

So last night out came the Charlie A’s Gig Dust and Crud Patches (that stuff is amazing!), the key oil to lubricate the ball joints on the side keys, that were starting to clank a bit, as well as the the heavy, red Selmer Tuning Slide and Cork Grease, to lubricate the tenon and cork.


A couple of weeks ago I also picked up this new sax stand. Although I’ve been a loyal K&M user for many years, I decided to give the Hercules a try. Its footprint is quite a bit smaller, and on a small stage, that would be a good thing. The Hercules seems to hold the horn just as well as the K&M, at least the tenor saxes it does. I don’t think I would trust my altos to it, although it is supposed to be an alto stand as well.

So tonight it’s off to the Church of the Blues for an evening of good food, good friends, good times, and oh ya, playing sax in the band…Almost forgot about that!  😀

Seriously, when we play there, we’re treated really well. I’ve played a lot of clubs in my years, as have the guys in Deception. We’re all at the stage now, where we’re a bit picky as to what we do. That’s why we’re very happy that we were chosen to be one of the house bands for the Church of the Blues. The owners have a really good thing going, and being able to support them in their endeavour, is quite rewarding.

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Helen Kahlke is a professional horn player and sax teacher who lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She plays soprano, alto, C melody, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones.

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