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I am seeking a band, trio or duet for fun and profit. Music is my second career, so I'm definitely looking for a regular paying gig. Weekend band work (with limited travel - prefer greater Houston area) performing with accomplished musicians is fine.
Part time for the past two years I have been performing with Rex Robards, associated with his renewed career as a Christian Country artist and with the Texas Music Christian Association.
I am looking for band gigs on keys or as bassist, with backup vocals and optionally also accordion. I can also play a C valve trombone (as well as other brass instruments).
My other skill is performing as a professional singer, as a baritone or bass - excellent reader, pro experience, a cappella a specialty. I also have professional experience as a vocal director.
* I am always looking for a skilled tenor vocalist in order to put my a cappella quartet back on stage. Also need an alternate soprano vocalist (or take over the position if your schedule permits). Must be able to read and memorize parts and learn by ear from recordings. Christmas show requires memorization of 50 songs exactly as performed - a very satisfying and usually lucrative seasonal gig! Potential for year-round work.
In addition to performing secular music, I am an experienced contemporary Christian worship director with a lifetime of experience, including over 30 years as a paid professional with long-standing positions at two congregations. (Currently taking a break for a time of rest from this weekly occupation; to everything there is a season.)
I used to be at the heart of the entertainment industry in Orlando, and now I'm working on building my network in the Houston area.
My preference is a PM/Weekend regular part-time gig as a keyboard player or bassist, and I offer excellent backup vocals. I use a Roland AX-Edge keytar and rack-mounted synths to emulate any kind of bass. I am also playing piano and keys in bands and praise teams, have led both, have arranged and directed, and I sing with excellent pitch as a backup in any range (up to mid-tenor), or as a baritone/bass soloist, or bass in quartet/choral work. I do multi-track and live recording, mix-downs and CD mastering, and I can publish music and lead sheets. I read lead sheets/chord charts better than manuscript for band work, but I read vocal manuscript very well. I have worked steadily for years in a couple of very successful bands playing both country line dance and classic rock/pop, I have sung professionally for years, and I have performed as an opener for, or as backup with national acts.
My work on the accordion is coming along - lots of fun! Currently developing a solo act, but I have played parts with a band. I have 2 different accordions for different sounds, both with pickups for PA (see Equipment list), plus I just added a third accordion (with pickups) with more aggressive musette sounds to expand my repertoire with more extreme folk and rock styles.
Note about Bass = I use Roland's most modern keytar with wireless remote to rack-mounted sound modules. This worked great in a show band for 8 years when the variety of music demanded many different types of bass sounds. I do not yet play an actual bass guitar on stage (but working on it and hoping to get there soon!). I can be up to speed almost immediately on a whole show of bass music - it's faster and easier for me than the more complex keyboard parts, but I do keyboards professionally, too, and can give you all the sounds you need to fill out your music, including sampled sounds.
- Screen name:
- Member since:
- Mar 21 2005
- Active within 1 week
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- 2-3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 2-3 nights a week
- Most available:
Classic rock and disco, alternative rock, contemporary Christian, folk and Americana, progressive metal, classical music, country - pretty much any kind of good music, except I'm light on the jazz thing.
- Background Singer:
- Vocalist - Bass:
- Vocalist - Baritone:
- Bass Guitar:
Acoustic piano, Roland FA-07, Roland VR-730 combo, and Roland AX-Edge keytar synth keyboards, plus Roland Integra 7 in the rack. Two complete Bose systems: L1 model 2 with B2 bass (and/or B1 basses) and T1 ToneMatch. Multiple Mackie mixers, multiple Behringer mixers, QSC Touchmix 16 digital+remote mixer, QSC K8 powered speakers, QSC CP12 powered speakers, Behringer 210D powered speakers (as monitors), Mackie C300 PA speakers, Crown XLS 1500 class D amp, bass drum mic and other mics, other amps, Roland KC-500 and KC-350 key/bass combo amps, rack effects-EQs-compressors, 100' 24x8 snake (although I now use an iPad remote with the Touchmix 16 mixer), stands, full range of cables and cases, and a minvan for transportation.
I also have IEM earphones, besides my stage monitors, and a path to blend the house monitor feed with boosted key sounds into my earphones.
Current accordions: Brandoni (musette) with pickups, Brandoni (folk musette) with pickups, and a Hohner Concerto III N (classic German sound from the 1980s).
Current brass: C trumpet, Bb trumpet (no longer my best instrument), C valve trombone, C euphonium, Bb euphonium, CC tuba.
I have a complex, computer-based home studio that can record up to 16 digital tracks at once to hard disk, with a virtually unlimited total track capability. It's fully integrated with analog audio and also MIDI. The QSC Touchmix 16 is also able to record 16+ tracks at once from live or studio. In addition, I have (2) Presonus audio interfaces (44VSL and 1818VSL) for PC or laptop recording - although the QSC Touchmix is now my main tool, and a Tascam 2-at-once digital (SD card) recorder with 8-track playback/mixdown. I typically use Cakewalk/Sonar (X-versions and older) for mix-down/mastering, and sometimes the latest Band-In-A-Box app for background track generation.
For video I use a Panasonic HD 5.1-sound camcorder. I do video editing in my home studio and can overlay a live video capture with mixed-down audio from my QSC Touchmix 16 mixer's recorder (or from other audio sources). This technique is good for producing pro-level promotional clips.
"Yesterday" (I'm playing violin/cello on keys. Featuring Mark Hollister on vocals and guitar)
"Yesterday" (I'm playing violin/cello on keys. Featuring Mark Hollister on vocals and guitar) Genre: Classic Rock
My keyboard playing but not my vocal work. For this draft of the singer's demo I'm playing both violin and cello live, at once. Recorded in my home studio.