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    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.
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    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.
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    Church Wedding - way back when... last century back a few decades.

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    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)
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    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.

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    Can anyone remember your first paying gig and where it was?.
    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.

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    I think I got $40 for the gig.

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

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    Some interesting stories. Thanks for sharing.
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