Charging to play

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by akinsgre, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. TrumpetMD

    TrumpetMD Fortissimo User

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    I thought the pay scale was based on how many mouthpieces you bring to the gig. I was way off. ;-)

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  2. duderubble

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    I think it's fantastic that some churches do it. When I was in seminary my church history professor was very into hymnody and church music and he told us that there were a number of Pentecostal churches in the first part of the 20th century that would hire the honkey-tonk musicians to play their services and then pray for their salvation, lol.
     
  3. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    Hey, why not! It's all a gift from God! ;-)
     
  4. edfitzvb

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    I don't know the membership, but there are people who attend that are not "members" and members who don't attend. I would guess that the sanctuary seats 500 to 600 people, and there are three services every Sunday (an 8:00 and 11:00 traditional service and a 9:30 contemporary service.) For a while I was playing in the orchestra at 8:00 and 11:00 and leading the contemporary praise band at 9:30, all gratis. They hired a 9:30 praise leader, so now I only have 8:00 and 11:00 services. Much easier (when I was leading the praise band, at Easter I led the sunrise service, then played 8-10 pieces at 8:00, led the 9:30 service, and played 8-10 pieces at 11:00. MUCH easier and less stressful now. On a typical Sunday, though, we see 600-700 people, with 8:00 being a good deal smaller. Easter and Christmas all seats are taken and there is a satellite site with a televised feed in the Fellowship Hall with another 200-300. It's a pretty large church.
     
  5. tobylou8

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    I'll have to keep y'all in mind when we stay at the beach!
     
  6. edfitzvb

    edfitzvb Forte User

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    It's right there at the Oceanfront at the corner of Pacific Avenue and 19th Street. Welcome any time. The orchestra only plays once a month and takes summers off, but everyone is welcome. We have homeless people coming in off the streets for services, so maybe a musician would be welcome, too. Maybe....
     
  7. Dale Proctor

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    It probably depends on the instrument they're carrying. I'd lock the door if I saw a saxophone player heading that way...
     
  8. edfitzvb

    edfitzvb Forte User

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    Yeah, there is a saxophone player. However, there are two flute players, so that helps... And occasionally the sax player is sick..... :-)
     
  9. Dale Proctor

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    I think that may figure into the equation, too, but a big pouch of mouthpieces and a lesser skill set go hand-in-hand many times. I usually carry a couple trumpet (and cornet) mouthpieces with me, so maybe I should raise my "don't play" price a bit...:-)
     
  10. tobylou8

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    I know a player that carries a bunch of TMTWBNs (see glossary thread :-)). He's a really nice guy.
     

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