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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by edwardscad, Oct 8, 2004.

  1. edwardscad

    edwardscad FOUND MY NUTS

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    How many professional, or ex-professional musicians do we have out there? What experiences have you had (clubs, road, concerts etc...)?
     
  2. 1911lover

    1911lover Fiddler1911

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    Play for fun, not money, but i hope to start teaching violin soon
     

  3. Big Sexy Glock

    Big Sexy Glock

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    At one time I thought Anton Fig was posting on GT
     
  4. rappa29

    rappa29 JAFO

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    Not sure what you consider 'Pro', but I used to play keys in a 7 piece original R & B, Soul, Funk, Reggae band. Over the 3 years I played with them we performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival (97 & 98). Opened for KC & The Sunshine Band, WAR, Los Lobos at the House Of Blues in Orlando.

    Did a couple of 'house gigs' in Key West where we were paid, fed and put up in a 'band house' and had to play every night.

    Several paying house gigs at local bars\clubs where we had to play 2 nights a week every week for 6 months or more.

    Couple of theme park gigs (CityWalk Orlando) and local festivals (Gasparilla).

    Too many paying one night stand weekend cover gigs at local bars\clubs to count. ;Q

    Too many local benefit or freebie shows to count.

    Three of the best and worst years of my life, but I wouldn't of had it any other way! ;f
     
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    after spending almost 30 years in the business i have a LOT of stories -- good, bad, and all points in between.

    but i won't take up any space trying to go back and list them...hell, i'd be here for days!! ;f ;f
     
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    rappa29 JAFO

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    I bet you have some interesting ones!;f

    Maybe you can post 'em a little at a time. Maybe by the era (i.e. 70's, 80's, 90's stories)! ^c
     
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    nickg

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    i guess i can only post the "G" or "PG'" rated ones so i don't get banned!!!

    or is it "band"? ? ? ;f ;f
     
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    glock2901 wayward member

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    34 states, Canada, (Japan as a marching high-schooler). Can't really repeat the "good" stories;) Still nothing I'd rather do!;a LOTS of clubs and casinos, a few concerts a few demos.;g Tama "Starclassic Maple" drums.:)
     
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    Played for a living most of my life. Nowadays, I'm content to teach.
    Biker13
     
  10. goldflounder

    goldflounder death ray

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    I play drums, percussion, etc. I have played a few shows, played in a few different bands in Seattle and taught drum lessons as well. email druminstruction@yahoo.com if you live in the Seattle/Tacoma area and would like lessons, or PM me.

    --Oh yeah, I play Tama Grandstar Custom with a Ludwig Supraphonic snare or a DW snare and Zildjian A custom cymbals. I usually use Promark 5A or 747 Rock and Remo Ambassadors/Diplomats. I also use Vicfirth SD4 Combo sticks for lighter applications. I play Toca congas and bongos.

    I've also played African marimbas, Chinese Qu'in, Didgeridu, Tibetian Rol-mo music and pretty much every Western percussion/drum you can think of.
     
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    Not really "professional" but I've been playing trumpet for 10 years now. Some playing with a youth symphony in which I got to play alongside some members of the Shreveport Symphony. Spent time in Fresno, CA and Missoula, Montana last March with our basketball pep band getting attention from the college version of Sports Illustrated.
     
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    Glock-und-spiel

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    I have been a school orchestra teacher for 23 years (grades 6-12) I have been a violinist/violist for 36 years. I am not the world's greatest player, but I have known a few (Concertmasters of Pittsburg and Clevland Orchestras)

    Any Interlochen or Ithaca College guys out there??


    Dwight
     
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    Trumpet

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    Played professionally for 15+ years. Now, I'm teaching full time (hey what can I say, there comes a time in your life where things like "retirement" and "benefits" become important) and freelancing on the side.

    Rich
     
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    Trumpet

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    Wife was a unit leader at Interlochen. I got my BM and MM at Juilliard.

    rich
     
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    Bill Preucil's a great guy; smokes like a chimney, though. needs to take better care of himself.
     
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    Considering we somehow got paid, I could consider my years in a punk band as being 'pro'. I've given a few guitar and bass lessons since then, but nothing too serious.
     
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    No offense, but unless your full living is made from music, you're not a professional musician. :)
     
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    I considered it pro because I made more at that than at my full time job at the time. Either way it was more fun than should be legal.
     
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    Tommy21 Vexillary

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    Did the Southwest Tour circuit in a prog-rock cover band from 1973-1976.

    We got from $800-$1500 a show - pretty good club money for back then.

    And back then the worst thing you could catch from your "special friend of the day" could be cured with pennicillin.

    Sex, drugs, rock and roll - yep - that pretty much covers it.

    As does serious sleep deprivation.....




    Tommy

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  20. edwardscad

    edwardscad FOUND MY NUTS

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    After many years of supporting my classical / jazz education on brass instruments by playing club gigs on bass and a stint with the Los Angeles Jr. philharmonic I finally switched to bass full time and went on the road working for Musart Corp. with one of their top show bands. I did this off and on for about eight years. During the off times I spent pursuing a record contract with various bands.

    At some point I ended up in the mid-west and stayed. I continued playing in various club bands and original projects. The Scouts (an original band) release a self-produced album in 1990 in Cincinnati OH that did very well locally and increased our bookings and income considerably. During this time I got married, bought a house, two cars, two kids, got a divorce, lost my *** and moved to Nashville.

    Nashville________ frontal lobotomy ________ Ye haw________ ‘nuf said.

    Moved to Arizona and joined a blues band. I married the lead singer ___ kid #3, got out of the business. Now I play for fun and beer.

    List of semi / major artists I have worked with:

    · Grant Giesman (Chuck Mangionie guitarist)
    · Lou Bellison big band
    · Lorna Wright (Dreamweaver, Gary Wright’s sister)
    · Peter Torch Original project (The Monkeys)
    · Butch Baker (Nashville one hit wonder)

    Favorite memories:

    · Meeting Skunk Baxter (Doobie Brothers) at Wally Heiders Recording studio, conversation consisted of ____ ‘ear. I guess that’s why they call him Skunk.
    · Peter Torch addition. Peter playing Bach three part inventions at 78 speed while telling bad Monkey jokes.
    · Meeting Steve Allen, the smartest man I ever met. He would have told you the same.
    · Meeting two women at the bar. Conversation: “You’re the bass player in the band right.” “yes.” “Do you want to do both of us?” “OK!”

    This is the tip of the iceberg.