They did it!
We warmed up, and broke down some nervousness, by all playing multiple pianos together in the Steinway Piano shop. C major scales and chords. Then we started.
Clapping, cheering, and with shouts of encouragement everyone got through it.
Were they nervous. You bet. Did they conquer their fears and get up there and deliver. You bet. Were they excited and animated afterwards? Yes, yes, yes.
I'm as proud as punch.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.