My hat's off to you, David!
My husband and I also have played 'out' to help in overcoming stage fright. It helps.
David, you did GREAT. With all that pressure in front of judges, on a stage...I would have made mistakes for sure!
Not only did you not make any mistakes, but you smiled too!
Friday night I entered the Mountain Dulcimer competition at the 2012 Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention http://www.tvotfc.com[/url . It was my first time entering a competition. I did not enter to win so much as to overcome my extreme stage fright. Generally I avoid all public speaking (or non-speaking) type activities. Here I am playing Ode To Joy . While I did not win I did actually play the tune as I intended and did not make any mistakes.