Wanted: Trumpet Player

Discussion in 'Orchestra / Solo / Chamber Music' started by LyraNocturno, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. trickg

    trickg Utimate User

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    Ok - seems reasonable. So basically the Bachelors is preferred, but not "required" - kind of like in my job field as a datbase administrator. The degree is good, but if you know you job, you know your job.

    Well, you are in a pretty good area - Loudoun county is close enough to DC that you will likely have a pretty large selection of folks to choose from.
     
  2. miles71

    miles71 Mezzo Piano User

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    I understand the reasons, and if I was closer I would love to help you out. I almost moved to Loudon Co. a few years ago. Good schools in that area with pretty strong programs.

    If I get fed up with Maryland enough and head south I will let you know :-)

    TD
     
  3. jason_boddie

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    Seems to me that a group should be able to put what ever requirements they want on prospect. Just sayin.......
     
  4. trickg

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    Of course they can - is there anything wrong with asking why they would impose that limitation? Did you even read what I posted?

    Now I know why I spend my time on the Pearl Drummers Forum instead of here.
     
  5. Jarrett

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    I guess what my friend Patrick is saying is that a Bachelors degree in music doesn't have jack to do with how well someone plays. . I agree FWIW...
     
  6. trickg

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    Yep - that's the point I was trying to make, although it does seem that degreed individuals have been exposed to certain things (forcefully, in many cases) that a non-degreed person might not, such as various composers who might not be known well outside of academic circles. They have also been forced through a regimen of structured lessons/practice that a non-degreed player might not otherwise attempt.

    My comments were made in part due to my own experience as a trumpet player where I was a member of a brass quintet in my early days as an Army Bandsman. I was the only member without a degree, but I wasn't the worst player in the quintet. I wouldn't have stayed in that quintet if I wasn't the choice for the ensemble - I would have been replaced by someone else, and there were other degreed trumpet players in the band, but I maintained my position there for one simple fact - I played the material well.

    With but a short time frame for about 18 months after I left the Army in late 1999, I've gigged steadily since about 1987, and the lack of degree never seemed to be a factor for me. Just sayin. ;-)
     
  7. jason_boddie

    jason_boddie Piano User

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    FYI....

    Just sayin......= JOKE
     
  8. Jarrett

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    Makes sense, we both have similar backgrounds...
     
  9. rowuk

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    While a degree is not a measure of musical quality, it does demonstrate a certain amount of dedication to finish something in a more or less organized way - something many DIY-selfers in my experience are missing.

    If this was the only requirement then it would be a problem. Giving a certain cross section of musicians looking for work (those that have at least made this minimal investment) is not a bad thing. If they figure out that in this group there are no qualified applicants, then the second round could be different.

    If someone is really hot stuff, I am sure that they will listen to the tape. There are fewer surprises out there than many wish to accept though................

    Seeing how it is THEIR MONEY, you accept their conditions or don't apply.
     
  10. trickg

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    It didn't look to me like it was a paid position - only a volunteer effort with the idea of money coming through freelance gigging with the ensemble.
     

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