[Dixielandjazz] How to be a successful bandleader

Zenith Sydney zenith at ans.com.au
Sat Jan 1 23:42:56 PST 2005


I notice most leaders on this list always write (Freudian slip or otherwise)
MY Band does this or MY band does that.  Am I the only one who says OUR band
does this or OUR band does that ?  However, before I get into big trouble,
I'm only the manager not the leader.

Our band has a benefit (musicians playing for free) open air concert gig at
Manly Corso (where the annual Jazz festival is held) on Saturday 15th
January (only the third gig for 2005) for the Tsunami Disaster Fund.  The
only problem we have left now is should we sell our CDs for free as well

OUR Tom (I hope you flush the toilet with the lid down as toilet water
vapour will rest on your toothbrush?) Wood :)

----- Original Message -----
From: <TCASHWIGG at aol.com>
To: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 4:44 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] How to be a successful bandleader

> Be a Band leader who sidemen can work WITH  not FOR.
> How to be a successful sideman:
> Be a musician who works WITH a Band Leader not FOR him
> Don't aspire to take his gig and be a band leader.
> Band leaders are made not born, same thing applies to managers and agents.
> Respect them and their respective roles in your career and you might have
> one, disrespect them and cheat them and you will get the same in return.
> If you are not prepared to work five times as hard as a sideman, don't
> think about becoming a Bandleader.  In it's finest hour it is not worth
> headaches you must put up with to support a group of sidemen with Star
egos who
> think their talent is what it is all about and you can't do it without
> Not to mention that you might make more money than they get paid to show
> often late for work and or unprepared for the gig or not even capable of
> the gig.  Whoops, but "hey man I showed up so you gotta pay me."
> They quickly learn different when they actually become Band leaders for a
> week or two.
> Now this oughta start some doo doo on the list for the beginning of the
>  :))
> Cheers and a Happy cantankerous New Year to all.
> Tom "Stir it deep" Wiggins
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