Trumpet Playing Gigs In Rural Areas

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  1. TugValleyTrumpeter

    TugValleyTrumpeter New Friend

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    Greetings, I'm new to the forum and I am curious what others in my situation do for gigs. I live in rural West Virginia and there are very limited opportunities to play. I play with a local community band, a small combo group made up of local music teachers, and I'm working on getting involved with a brass quintet. Anyone out there have any innovative groups that incorporate the trumpet with local styles of music?
     
  2. akinsgre

    akinsgre Pianissimo User

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    Seems like trumpet is being incorporated a fair amount into Americana music (with it's new-grass background, that might be more popular in WV).

    Checkout Qiet Qiet . They use a single trumpet player. I don't know exactly where they're from, but they have a 304 area code (I heard them at Cheat Festival in Prescott County, WV).
     
  3. trickg

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    Church, but you may not make a lot of money doing it. I grew up in rural SW Nebraska, so church was my main outlet for performing, and I was lucky enough to have a church with a fairly nice pipe organ, along with a superb classical organist (who was also my K-6 music teacher) who ran the music ministry there. I got paid for a couple of weddings while I was still in HS, but otherwise pretty much everything I played was pro bono.
     
  4. gmonady

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    You know, it may require an initial investment, but try becoming a member of your local American Federation of Musicians Union. I did and get enough yearly gigs to more than offset the dues investment. And even though I am a jazz musician more often the gigs I get through my local are brass ensembles and with classical brass choirs. Being a member has not only provided me more venues but kept me honest by maintaining my classical brass roots.
     
  5. kehaulani

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    Joining the AFM can also keep you out of gigs, so before doing that, I'd ask around and see what might best fit your locale. I've worked in states which are not union-friendly and consequently will not hire (officially) union musicians because venues can't (or won't) meet union standards and fees.
     
  6. Ed Lee

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    IMO WV has a long history of unionization, mostly in coal mining and some industries. Personally, I believe unions have pros and cons. If there is a WV resource for AFM, I have not heard of it. Likewise, here in NC.
     
  7. kehaulani

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    I think the coal miner situation is a bit different. Nevertheless, you make the case that it's probably best to ask around before making a decision.
     
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    I was once a member of the Union. I live in Virginia, which is a right-to-work state, so I allowed my membership to lapse. I am considering re-joining as it may increase my playing opportunities. As I recall, West Virginia is highly Unionized, so I WOULD recommend joining the Union if you live there. That's my OPINION, and I am charging you what that's worth.
     
  10. gmonady

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    What? Do the drink a lot of distilled water?
     

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