[Dixielandjazz] Now: Youth Band/Orchestra Fantasies
Gluetje1 at aol.com
Gluetje1 at aol.com
Tue Jan 23 15:12:11 PST 2007
Aw, Larry, you bring up sooo much reality into thinking of this. First,
thanks for the offer re bassooning on Wed. nights, but do not have Wed. eves
And I suspect that's also a big problem in recruiting youth. Their lives
are already over scheduled and they are getting the money from the family
pot--unless one looks to the less privileged, comes up with reward factors,
whether money or other resources and "fame". There is a ukulele/banjo group of
younger kids in this community that looked at it somewhat that way. Went into a
Catholic city school with large immigrant (of maybe not) Hispanic population
as well as very limited music resources. One factor the couple of guys who
are volunteering time to do this are running into is suspiciousness from the
parents; i.e., why are you doing this, what are you really wanting from these
kids, etc.--in other words, definitely mistrusting of gift horses.
In a message dated 1/23/2007 2:17:35 P.M. Central Standard Time,
larrys.bands at charter.net writes:
Alas, Many women have those same fantasies. I have done my best but with so
few of me and so many of them I will probably never finish my assigned task
By the way the Scottish Rite Youth Wind Ensemble is a Band. You should go
down and sit in with your Bassoon if you want a real work out. (Wednesday
nights) Those kids are playing some really tough stuff so don't think this will
be a ho hum thing. If you wanted to give it a try let me know and I'll have
a book made up for you.
I'm not sure that such a group would float. I have talked to young people
several times about getting gigs after school. I have often thought that a
group of let's say six musicians could go out after school and book the nursing
homes for around $200. That would pay them about $30 each for an hour. I
personally think the old people would love them playing TKOM. I think that
they would be in demand if they did it right. I have suggested this to
several kids that I thought could do it but they get that Deer in the headlights
look and really don't seem to have much interest.
I suggested this on the list some time ago to a young lady that was
lamenting that she couldn't get anything going with her HS bandmates. I never heard
if she tried it. Musicians will go to the money and I told her if she did it
the musicians would suddenly think she was the greatest thing since white
bread. While $30 isn't a princely sum it's better than they can get anywhere
else for the same time. They could even book five of them for $100 and I know
they could work just about as much as they wanted.
It takes entrepreneurial spirit and I'm not so sure that the HS kids have it
today. In the olden days (when I went to HS) there were several bands in my
HS that played fairly often. While I think that things have changed and
opportunities aren't as numerous there is still opportunity out there if a kid
wanted to take it. On the other hand there are almost no HS bands that work
gigs. They are all stage band types. No longer can kids work bars or venues
with liquor which limits them some but there is no reason why they couldn't
pick up weddings and nursing homes. I work at a Lutheran School and I would
bet that there are many wedding receptions that they could work. I did a
bunch of WR's when I was in HS. A lot of these things are in church basements
after a Sat. afternoon wedding. Play for an hour or two and leave. Then
there are picnics and a lot of other stuff around they could do.
I think the problem is that they just don't need the money when they can hit
the old man for bucks easier.
I'm not a lot interested in having just another stage band. There are lots
of them around.
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