So I am playing in this band and we have 3 really big gigs coming up .. I am starting to have conflicts with the band leader because of the rehearsal requirements. We are already doing 4x3hr+1x4hr rehearsals for the two gigs that are coming up in the next 2 weeks, but on top of that we have a really big show on novemeber and the producer for that gig wants us to do 5 hr reheasals,2 times a week starting next week and 4 rehearsals in the 3rd and 4th week.
I told the bandleader that it's way too much workload, epseically considering these gigs don't pay that well(it's equivalent of $200, $400 and $500). We are talking about 76hrs of rehearsal for $1100, If you add individual prep time, it's going to be well over 100 hrs of work in the next 4 weeks. The band leader explained that this is our big push for the big break, and I understand the importance of these gigs. We are collaborating with a really famous local artists, and the last gig we are playing is the one of the biggest venue in the city... I've already accepted that I am going to deal with pretty heavy load. I enjoy working with this band and I think everyone is cool with going the extra mile for the muisc.
But I didn't expect it to be this unrelastic. Between other gigs I do for living, I am stacking 5-7 hr rehearsals/gigs almost everyday for the next month, mostly to meet these rehearsal requirements. I already told the band leader that's a receipte for injury(he knows that I've had tendonitis problem), both for myself and the horn section, but he is telling us the 5 hr rehearsal is not his idea and it's what the producer of these shows are asking us.
If this was a band/gig I can live off and and cancel all my other gig and work commitments, it's one thing, but it's not.. I guess this is supposed to be the big push to get us to that level. But as for now, the last show we are doing is paying us way below the going rate for shows of this kind.
If you were in my situation what will you do?
EDIT:Cleaned up the post