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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by bamajazzlady, Aug 17, 2012.
Hey... How did you know she tried to put the money where my "seeds" were????
LOL...too funny. Ditto, I miss my dad too.
I'll share with you the easiest gig I played for the most money.
It was about 20 years ago at a wedding. The couple was getting married in the courtyard of the Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown.
They had hired a string quartet to play the music for the bridesmaids. They needed me to play a fanfare before the bride walked the aisle. I arrived 10 minutes before the wedding, and the man planning the wedding handed me a case. He wanted me to use the trumpet he gave me. He told me to go up in the balcony and play a fanfare when he gave me a signal. Then he slipped me $150. He told me to leave the horn in the balcony when I was done.
I went up in the balcony took a herald trumpet out of the case. I played a simple fanfare between second line G and third space C. (I used my own mouthpiece.) The fanfare was 10 seconds long. I put the herald trumpet back in the case, and left.
Easiest gig I ever played and I made $150. Of course I've gone to gigs where they decided they didn't need me to play and gave me $50 anyway. But I don't count those because I didn't get to play.
As a trumpet player, it has varied from $0 to $450. Recording sessions typically pay $ 200. As a keyboard/singer/trumpeter from $0 to $ 1,250. I try and play as much as possible just for the enjoyment (jam sessions, community college jazz band) but playing for the $$ is becoming more important as I get older.
I've spent a large part of my musical life in the rock genre playing mostly keys, and even there I still invest a good portion of my time pursuing music that means something to me with little financial rewards. This clip is from an ongoing band that has been around for 42+ years, CD we released in June:
Oz Knozz Kings And Treasures - YouTube
Not jazz, but I did a lot of horn parts on trumpet, flugel, and alto horn (if you listen to the very end, you'll hear a tiny bit of twisted humor).
I fully believe that you have to spend some of your time just playing for the enjoyment, otherwise you become a mechanic, not a musician.
Pay for Pay – Does this include the tips women slip into your pants when the horn section comes out in the crowd, or just straight pay……… : )
No, you can include gay pay, too...
Hang on .... I'm doing the math. $150/10 seconds = $54,000/hour. Nice. I don't know, but that could be a record.
You didn't stay for the food???
$54000 / hr…..add a benefit package and now were talkin !!
In high school in the 50s we had a 7-piece band that would gig for $50, ergo we made $7 apiece and the driver got the extra dollar. Doesn't sound like much? At 19 cents a gallon $5 would buy enough gas to fuel a car for a week! On that $7 we could briefly live large.
My best was probably a NY's gig in the 60s which paid $175, also good money for the time.
I do have 6 nights with a big band coming up in a couple weeks--dinner show and dance--which will pay $100 a night. That said, the gig is an annual. If I could have made a living playing my horn, I probably wouldn't have become a psychologist.