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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby jperry1466 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:41 pm

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jperry1466 wrote:My own strangest was playing with a small band for an outdoor wedding in the park. The bride wanted the "Marriage of Figaro" on the program. After rehearsing all those Bb scale-type runs on a CC tuba, I borrowed a BBb and saved my fingers. We were all invited to the rehearsal dinner of course, which consisted of hamburgers and hot dogs cooked by the bride's father on the park's public grills.
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Do you know if they are still married? If so, maybe playing "Marriage of Figaro" at outdoor weddings could be your little niche in the world of live music.
Hearing of the expensive tastes and tendencies of some weddings today, having Dad grill up burgers and franks in the park sounds so sensible.


Yes, almost 20 years later, they are still married and have careers that allow them to travel internationally. The bride was one of our students back in the day. She was a college music major at the time of the wedding but thought better of it later, which was fortunate for both her and music. Haven't had such a request since, although I've played string bass in combos for several other weddings. Playing "Figaro" on BBb tuba is a breeze; playing it on a CC requires what an old friend used to call "polio fingerings". The burger/hot dog idea was great and fit their budget. Just wish he had brought his own grill, but we survived it.
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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby bloke » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:45 pm

Are you gathering this information - from those of us who are stupid enough to reply – for a thesis, as examples of precedents for legal action, or for a coffee table book ?
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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby tofu » Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:24 am

Jazz combo - 30 years ago. Played for the wedding reception. Went well. 2 years later - invited by the bride to play for -->the divorce celebration-->for her friends & family. First set went fine. Middle of second set -->groom & his family/friends show up (uninvited) & in force with -->baseball bats. All hell breaks loose - dishes fly - people beating the crap out of each other - we scramble out the back through the kitchen. Just as we finish loading the van - cops show up & quickly start hauling bloodied combatants out in cuffs and into cruisers. What a melee. Not a lets remain friends parting of the ways. Most important thing --> gig check cleared!
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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby dmmorris » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:22 am

2015: Weirdest & fun all in a single gig. Did a Pub Crawl in Durham, NC with the Bulltown Strutters street band. The crawl was led by a wildman in a Yeti suit. Helping the Great Divide Brewing Co. celebrate the release of a couple of nice Stouts.
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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby iiipopes » Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:33 am

The strangeness is not the gig, but the non-sequitur of the reaction. Prologue: when I can, I volunteer to play for an hour for a Salvation Army kettle if the weather is not too cold for my blood clotting condition. Yes over the years, many have thanked me. One year I received a letter from the Major thanking me for my hour filling the kettle with the most donations. Seeing parents give their children a coin to put in the kettle as I play Frosty the Snowman is a wonderful experience. And so on. I encourage everyone to volunteer an hour if possible.

The strange one was one year I was playing in front of a major chain drugstore. Everything was going as you would imagine it does: people in-and-out, a few donations, repeating a tune here and there as the crowd turned over. Then a lady in a business suit, late model car, etc., dashes into the parking lot and parks, runs in to get her one item, as from appearances, late to her next appointment. I continue to play, of course. After a few minutes, she comes running back out towards her car. She abruptly stops, turns around, and comes back to me. She announces loudly, "This sure beats the hell out of those damn bells!" and proceeds to shove multiple greenbacks into the kettle! I paused, thanked her, and went back to playing.
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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby BrassedOn » Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:43 am

Major entertainment complex.
Big hotel with lodge theme.
Quartet.
Christmas holiday music. 3 hours. 3 sets.
Lots of kids and families.
Whole hotel extravagantly but traditionally decked out.

Costume: We were issued “off hours lumberjack duds”.
Work boots, washed out longjohns, and a coonskin cap a la Daniel Boone.
Nothing else.

Standing up set. But at least not strolling.
Our personal geography “below the belt” were clearly outlined.
I could feel a draft from the flap even with drawers on.

People could not look at us. Kids did not come and talk to us.

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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby brianf » Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:02 am

Once I played in a tuba quartet at a Christmas party for a country bar. They were line dancing to four tubas!
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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby Roger Lewis » Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:36 pm

The strangest gig (and most dangerous) for me was back at Mannes. I was hired to play tuba in a german band for the fraternal order of Police in Manhattan, NYC. 300 heavy drinking police officers. The scary part was that they were all very upset as two of their own had been murdered that morning. There was a tremendous amount of anger in the room and several officers got on the microphones to let their bretheren know what was going to happen next. I was only 17 and rather scared as a newbie in NYC.
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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby KyleMG » Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:40 pm

This past summer (and only one of the two gigs I've ever had) saw me playing tuba with what you could call a folk singer (at least, that's the closest genre to what this guy played). As is usual with "local music", he had a basic idea of what he wanted me and the other guy (a bari sax/clarinet doubler) to play. We had two performances - one in a toy store (that actually filled up pretty well), and one in one of those party halls - of which we had two people in the audience.
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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby bort » Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:12 pm

I remember in college, having to play Stars & Stripes at dental product convention. One of the toothpaste companies was unveiling a new toothpaste called "Stripes", and the product announcement speech from the CEO was in the style of a military general talking to his troops; he had even rented the actual costume worn by George C. Scott in the movie Patton.

The speech fell flat, there was mild applause, and it was quiet when we left. It was bizarre. I never did see "Stripes" toothpaste.
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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby jonesbrass » Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:14 pm

Okay, I'll bite. When I was stationed in Germany, we were going to be on a Frankfurt TV station, playing backup to Chubby Checker. The only catch was, they pre-recorded the band to get the levels right, and wanted us to dance around on stage with Chubby while they were filming. Needless to say, we had sax players "playing" sousaphones during filming, trumpet players "playing clarinet, etc. All of us holding the instruments backwards, improperly (of course) and trying to control our laughter throughout the shoot. I don't think anyone but Chubby and us knew what was going on . . . but we sure looked like we were having a great time!
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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby ScottM » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:41 pm

For a number of years my wife and I have played as part of a brass quintet for the home tour in Marshall Michigan. Part of the gig was to climb up into the bell tower of the Episcopal church and play around the bell. Sound got out fine due to all the openings in the tower. Horns were brought up on a rope and you followed on the ladder. Ladder was designed for someone about 6'6" as the rungs are about 20+" apart. Not fun for 5"3" me. Last couple years we have stopped climbing as they altered the tower openings so the sound did not get out as well, and we are all older and don't like the climb. I did get paid and we got a great lunch so it was worth it.
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PS: Tower room was too small for a trombone slide so used two trumpets, two horns and tuba. Played traditional tower music by Pezel.
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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby jbaylies » Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:47 am

the gigs that weird me out the most are those very-general business gigs that pay well, but have an uncaring audience.

the electroacoustic free improvisation gigs that are actually weird are the ones that are the most fun for me.
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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby Tabor » Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:26 am

ronr wrote:New flag pole installed at a strip mall. Brass quintet played patriotic music; mostly Sousa.


That bit of oddness sounds like actual fun.
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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby Tabor » Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:57 am

Maybe not the strangest gig, but awkward.

I played a gig at a nice “social club” type place. Fancy for the area. They had just raised a bunch of money for nothing important & were enjoying themselves & having a party. Everyone was super friendly & there was an open bar. Drinks, including alcoholic drinks, were offered to the band as we played. I politely declined. I think one of the guys had an iced tea or ginger ale or something) At the end, the group was very appreciative & we were even approached & offered more $ to play a little longer and hired back for the next year. It was a great gig.

The next year, the same venue: the announcer for our group asked at the bar if he could have a some water before the set started: “we have instructions: absolutely nothing for the band”. I can’t get a glass of water? “No”

They were dead serious.
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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby Three Valves » Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:44 pm

Was it Bob’s Country Bunker??
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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby bort » Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:29 pm

Three Valves wrote:Was it Bob’s Country Bunker??


We've got both kinds of music!
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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby windshieldbug » Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:25 am

bort wrote:
Three Valves wrote:Was it Bob’s Country Bunker??


We've got both kinds of music!


Be grateful for that chicken wire!
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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby Jewba98 » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:35 am

Some of my friends and I recently finished up doing a series of parade gigs for a Peruvian catholic marching band in New England... Im Jewish
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Re: Strangest gig you’ve done on Tuba

Postby cktuba » Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:42 am

https://videos.files.wordpress.com/QvbU ... 07_dvd.mp4

In a truck on a truck.... it was actually pretty fun... at one point I was handed a Shiner Bock... good gig.
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