[Dixielandjazz] The union question and weddings
Larry Walton Entertainment - St. Louis
larrys.bands at charter.net
Wed Nov 7 09:30:31 PST 2007
Few bands have the flexibility and repertoire to please such a diverse
group. Today's weddings often require everything from rap and hip-hop to
You hit the nail on the head. It's almost impossible to do all that. I
work for a band on Sat nights that comes close and is a pretty good band but
it requires rehearsals and three singers. The whole thing costs and arm and
a leg and because the pay isn't whole lots per man, no one wants to rehearse
anything new. That's a sure death scenario. I used to have a band that
would rehearse one night a week and we would work on what ever was hot that
week. We did a passable job on it but we couldn't match all the electronics
or the sound that someone could come up with in a studio so no matter what
we did we couldn't be the same.
Another problem is that people listen to a wide variety of styles and they
want what they hear. Three weeks ago we followed a string quartet.
I no longer and haven't tried for a long time to sell a wedding that
features the top tunes. Instead I sell a traditional wedding band and make
no representation that they will get top 40. I don't book many but when I
do people like what they get especially since I don't charge what the other
band does. I tell them if they have special music I will DJ it for them.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rob Wright" <rwright at siatucson.com>
To: "Larry Walton" <larrys.bands at charter.net>
Cc: "Dixieland Jazz Mailing List" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2007 3:28 PM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] The union question and weddings
> I joined the union in Tucson in 1977. I never got a thing out of it. I
> joined Local 7 around 1979 in anticipation of working at Disneyland. It
> never happened, although I did work at the Hotel one summer. The
> union helped me get one gig, The New Christy Minstrels. I finally dropped
> out because it was a waste of money and I made more than scale anyway. I
> think the unions became out dated when rock & roll took over from bands
> (horns to guitars). Reading charts became less important and the T.V.
> reduced the value of live entertainment. It is more an issue of demand
> politics or anything else.
> I have to say, in most cases a DJ is a better choice for a wedding than a
> band. Few bands have the flexibility and repertoir to please such a
> group. Today's weddings often require everything from rap and hip-hop to
> big band. Personally, I don't like to do weddings because unhappy brides
> are no fun.
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