tom507481
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ABOUT

Current Status:
I currently and permanently live in Leesburg, FL.
I am currently entertaining the possibility of seeking a working group in need of a keyboard / lead & background vocalist. The band I was rehearsing with is currently on hiatus and I
don't know whether we will regroup! Living in Leesburg, I would prefer a band in the Leesburg or The Villages area.
Being retired, and not a golfer,
I can dedicate time to quickly learn a bands repertoire. I would prefer a Rock / Classic Rock repertoire.

Musical Experience:
I am a retired public high school music teacher (35 years)
I taught Choral, Piano, Electronic Music and Musical Theater.
I am 71 years young (72 in December) and have experience playing multi-keyboards on all types of gigs from show groups to doing a MIDI single. I have downsized my keyboards from the once 5 keyboards (70's & 80's) to the 2 that I am using now.

Vocals:
I am very vocal oriented and in "Rock Slide" everybody sings so our lead vocals and harmonies are right where they should be!

Keyboards:
I am very good at covering horn parts, such as Chicago ("Make Me Smile"-"Beginnings") - Ides of March ("Vehicle") and string parts for groups like ELOI I'm not a great improvisor but can learn "just about" any keyboard part needed for a song. Also, I am NOT Rick Wakeman or Keith Emerson and don't pretend to be, ever! I am more of a Classic Rock keyboardist of groups like Asia, Santana, Foreigner, Eagles, etc. I prefer working in a group where keyboards are treated as an "integral part of the bands sound" and not just an afterthought for fills!

Personal Preferences and Lifestyle:
I do not smoke, drink or whatever, and will tolerate those who do only to the extent that it does not affect their performance or the performance of the group. I am in good health and I am willing to travel reasonable distances from my home in Leesburg, Lake County, FL to rehearse. Out of town and overnight gigs are not a problem and in those cases, the location of the gig, as far as distance, is not a problem. I have a full size Dodge van to carry my equipment...no trailers for me, as I have had some bad experiences towing a trailer! I am looking to gig 2 maybe 3 gigs a month, preferably parties, local concerts, corporate functions, etc.. My set-up time is about 1 hour max depending on access to the set-up area of the venue.

Contact:
(text or phone) (352) 476-2652
(email) midiman88@gmail.com

Screen name:
tom507481
Member since:
Dec 25 2012
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
55
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week

Influences

60's-70's-80's bands! Beatles as a group and individuals...McCartney, Lennon, Harrison, ok and Ringo too...he has some nice tunes! Billy Joel, ELO, Chicago, Doobie Brothers, CSNY, Eagles, James Gang, Spirit/JoJo Gunne, Asia, Styx, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Supertramp, Santana, Huey Lewis, Beach Boys, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special, Night Ranger, Steely Dan, Foreigner, Rascals, Genesis/Phil Collins, Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, 3 Dog Night, The Who, Steve Winwood, you get the idea!

I also relate to current groups like Train, Maroon 5, Coldplay, etc...any current bands which use keyboards as an "integral part of their sound"!

I am willing to learn, play and sing just about anything (except hip-hop or rap)! I am a quick learner and have the time (I'm retired) to dedicate to learning the music quickly and accurately!

Instrument experience:

Vocalist:
Expert
Vocalist - Baritone:
Expert
Vocalist - Tenor:
Expert
Keyboard:
Expert
Piano:
Expert
Background Singer:
Expert

EQUIPMENT

Keyboards:
Yamaha MX88 as my main piano / synth
Yamaha MX61 as my 2nd keyboard / synth
Both of those keyboards are also used as MIDI keyboard controllers for my Arturia V Collection 7 VST run through
a Dell Laptop for performance.

Keyboard Sound System:
(1) Behringer Xenyx 1002B mixer
(2) Peavey DM 115 Bi-Amped Powered Speakers
(1) Behringer F1220D for a Vocal Monitor

Mics: Shure Beta 58 and TC Helicon Voicetone E1

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