05-06-2013 05:21 PM - edited 05-06-2013 05:38 PM
I came here from a big band group, with all of that and more... Not much money around for that, but the sound was incredible! I have to have the keyboard, but want the horns too, if at all possible! Probably could have done without the four back up singers though! We were more of an orchestra than a band, I guess!
So, it's probably better to not get carried away!
Here's a pic, if you can see past the damn music stands! (The reason I'm no longer in the group)
05-07-2013 07:12 AM
05-07-2013 07:28 AM
Dunno if it's a good idea to copy a format other bands are already successful with. How are you going to find your niche? Unless you really had some unique spin on it... Is there room in market for 3 bands with horns an keys?
Good Point! We're probably more different right now than we would be if we added pieces. One of the other bands is basically an oldies band, and the other band, while playing some newish material, plays a lot of older material as well. We play a lot more current top 40 than either of them, although I can't help but think that if we added a horn section and a keyboardist our song choices would change to better use those additional players. We might end up playing Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Earth, Wind and Fire songs like those other bands do.
05-07-2013 08:41 AM
My Trombone player has gone to an ipad for his music with a foot switch for turning the pages. Visually quite compact and readable in a dark room. (Wonder how well it will work outdoors in Colorado's intense sunlight?)
Maybe instead of learning to read music in school, they should have learned to memorize it. That is a lot of blockage. Seems they could at least share. It would look less censored if they just had a long keyboard they put their sheets on, heh. Ah well. Nice pic!
05-07-2013 08:48 AM
05-07-2013 10:35 AM
05-07-2013 10:41 AM
Interesting idea, Dave. "Moves Like Jagger" would be awesome with a full horn section.
You know what else? A good horn section comping sforzando-piano-crescendo could actually bring some of that pumpy modern dance feel they normally do with kick-drum/sidechain compression.
Now I want horns more than ever....
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