paying gig

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by songbook, Dec 3, 2016.

  1. songbook

    songbook Piano User

    Apr 25, 2010
    Can anyone remember your first paying gig and where it was? Mine was 1958 when our little combo played for a grade school graduation dance. Haven't had many gigs in my life but that's one I'll always remember. I couldn't wait to get home and tell my Mom and Dad I just made $10 for playing my trumpet. I would also like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.
  2. trumpetnick

    trumpetnick Fortissimo User

    Nov 16, 2005
    Antalya, Turkey
    Mine was a catholic easter liturgy in Switzerland, we played brass quartet with an organ and choir. My teacher got me the gig, and the conductor was a music theory teacher in the conservatory I was studying then.
  3. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

    Jan 30, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    Church Wedding - way back when... last century back a few decades.

    Why do I always feel so Old when I have to answer a Thread that says "Can anyone remember your first..."

    - The Daily Milk Cart being replaced by a Van.. and the Can replaced by Milk Bottles
    - The first Fridge with an Auto-Defrost
    - The Friday Fisho...
    - The Breadman with the weave basket full of goodies...
    - The Thursday Dunny Man with the Can Replacement...
    - The Dirt Road getting upgraded to Bitumen, and concrete gutters to Stormwater...
    - Drivers using Hand Signals....
    - Bell Ringers on the Fire Trucks...
    - Gas Lights in the City...
    - Our First Indoor Toilet with an Auto-flush.. Instead of a thing that sounded like a Car (The Commode)
    - The First Commodore (GMH) that earned the reputation of a Commode. Hence the Nick Name the "Holden Shxt Box"
    - The First "Hey Charger" Victory sign..
    - The Morris Minor -
    - The Oval window VW with lights that only lit up when you planted your foot.

    Ahh - the good ol' days. And the kids of today just won't believe you.
  4. fels

    fels Piano User

    Jun 8, 2008
    Colorado Springs
    Mormon Church New Year Eve Celebration - Pueblo Colorado - Late 60s (Trumpet - Accordion (Chordavox) and Drums) - Three folding chairs in the middle of a gymnasium - Illicit fake books (apologies to the Mormons)
  5. stumac

    stumac Fortissimo User

    Oct 19, 2008
    Flinders Vic Australia
    I948 at the age of 10, the Brass Band played at a football match, a hat was passed around and we all took home a shilling (10 cents). My first and only paid gig.

    Regards, Stuart.
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  6. TrumpetMD

    TrumpetMD Fortissimo User

    Oct 22, 2008
    I believe my first paid gig was in high school, back in the 1970s. I played at a church somewhere in northern NJ. I'm pretty sure I played "Air On The G String" out of "Solos for the Trumpet Player". I think I also played on a few hymns.

    I think I got $40 for the gig.

    I remember there wasn't any kneeling, like we did at my church at the time. ;-)

  7. stumac

    stumac Fortissimo User

    Oct 19, 2008
    Flinders Vic Australia
    Peter reminded me of the two Castlemaine Jazz festivals we played at, I do not really class as a paid gig, the musicians pay a $20 registration fee and the profits if any are shared with the registrants.

    Regards, Stuart.
  8. GeorgeB

    GeorgeB Mezzo Piano User

    Apr 13, 2016
    New Glasgow, N.S. Canada
    Mine was in 1954. There were 5 of us in the combo, all worked at the same newspaper and we use to jam. Word got around and the company hired us for their Christmas staff party. We really did not care about the money, it was just the thrill of people singing and dancing to our music. The 5 piece group played together, with one or two player changes for the next 12 years. We rarely went a weekend without some kind of gig. Oh, for those good old days.
  9. Chuck Rose

    Chuck Rose Pianissimo User

    Nov 28, 2016
    Petersburg, Alaska
    First paid music gig was in 1965, a High school dance. I played bass guitar that time. We got $100 split four ways. A week later I made $10 playing trumpet with a different group. Bass guitar and singing made me more money in those days in the rock band than playing trumpet in the jazz combo because I wasn't old enough to perform where alcohol was served.
  10. songbook

    songbook Piano User

    Apr 25, 2010
    Some interesting stories. Thanks for sharing.

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