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It's really more the economy than anything else, and in TN, guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle are going to take precedence every time. If there's no budget left they won't use them. There are some great horn players here, though even they are scrounging for gigs now.
one that works with his hands - laborer
one that works with hands and head - craftsman
one that works with hands, head and heart - artist
To all you comeback players. The work is there if you really want it. Research the area for live music, find out where it is then go there and listen to the bands, introduce yourself, hand out business cards, and BE PREPARED to sit in if asked, if your not asked then politely ask them. The only way your going to get work is to be heard and people will need to like what they hear. Join local volunteer concert bands and marine bands, get your name out there and let everyone know your looking to play. It might start small but stick with it, build your chops and keep networking. Iím a comeback player. I laid it down for 26 years and been back at it for 7. Last year I played over 140 shows while maintaining a full time job. Right now I have one weekend off until mid September, thatís 2 and 3 shows a weekend, and Iím having the time of my life. Of course I worked my tail off to get my chops back, and it wasnít easy, I thank the dedication the trumpet has taught me in my life. Music is alive and well, you just need to find it and make it happenÖÖ.If you want it bad enough, youíll be playing : ) Now go get em !!
The other thing that I forgot to mention in my previous post is that when you do get a gig, TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. Play the music with feeling, focus and perfection. Smile on stage and dance if that is the kind of gig. Be nice to the other musicians, and to the audience.
Even if it is a gig that is thrown together, play it like you are playing at Carnegie Hall. Have a good time, but make sure to do the absolute best job you can.
The gig I had last night was a subbing gig for a friend. The band has no charts and no set lists, so I couldn't prepare for the show, but I made sure that when I got there, I was in business mode. I talked to the band before we played to get an idea of what they wanted, and then I listened to the two other horn players and played along with them. Even though I am the lead voice in the section, I had to listen and respond to their playing because they know the music. I didn't play anything flashy because that means that you aren't paying attention to the section, and it becomes obvious to the rest of the band. Even though the rest of the band informed me that it was a 'pretty loose gig,' I took it seriously from when I parked my car.
They noticed, and have been asked back to play with the band.
This is how we can keep live horns around.
Concerning $$$$ ...how much do you think a decent mandolin cost? You can't consider it a good mandolin under a $1,000 ..... that is unless you possess the bargain skills of my wife .. I literally have to walk away when she is in the negotiating stage .... man I love that woman.
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I tend to believe that it is the economy as horns are the first to go when "cuts" are made. Additionally, I know of no "horn driven bands" since the late 60's and early 70's such as Tower of Power; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Chicago; Earth, Wind & Fire etc.
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