Bear, Is there a local AFM (musician's union) there? If there is, it is a good place to hang around. Most require an audition and a membership fee, but they're usually nothing serious if you've got your stuff together. Every AFM local I've ever visited has a gig board, rehearsal bands, and a lot of guys who've been around a long time and know everybody. They've got connections all over the country. So these are people you really need to get cozy with. If there are rehearsal bands there, keep your horn in the car and find out who the leaders are and see if you can sit in or sub. Great experience for any player. The first time I was allowed to sit in at Local 47 in L.A., I learned more in an hour from the guys in the section than I had learned in a year from school. And please don't shun the older guys in favor of the younger cats. They know everything!