May the Trumpet Gods smile upon us all
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.
Brass Band of the Western Reserve
What I play on:
Courtois 107 Eb Soprano Cornet
Olds Super Cornet
Yamaha YCR-733 Cornet
Yamaha YTR-6345S Trumpet
Yamaha YTR-6445S C Trumpet
Getzen Capri Piccolo Trumpet (Modified)
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.
French Besson trumpet
Piece of crap alto horn
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……… : )
Trumpets are for extroverts - Lee Morgan
$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.
Conns: 2B ('48) 48B ('51) 58B ('32) 62B ('46 Pan Am) 80A ('53)
Olds: Ambassador Cornet ('52) Ambassador Trumpet ('52)
Kanstul/FBessons: 609; 709 Trumpets
Martin: Deluxe Committee Model Trumpet ('52)
Reynolds: Contempora Trumpet (LB) ('56) Contempora Cornet (LB) ('62)
Schilke: B6L Trumpet (2009)
Stomvis: Elite Flugelhorn; Elite Cornet; Forte Pocket Trumpet
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