Due to a lack of scheduled practices and what seems to me to be a large difference in commitment and philosophy, I have formally severed my ties with the Shiloh Band here in Hollister.
I am now available and looking for a band to practice and play with. Right now, I am content to practice on my own through the end of this year and to become part of a new band by Spring.
Here are the attributes I am looking for in a band:
1. Band (the entire band, not just a part of it) practices at least once a week but preferably twice, for at least three hours each practice.
2. Band members are committed to regular practicing and making every practice, within reason. (One can be absent for wedding anniversaries, illness, etc, in which case the practice may be rescheduled for another time.)
3. Band members are committed to mastering their instrument and expanding their talent and repertoire.
4. Band members are committed to playing regular gigs for pay.
5. Band members are committed to strong vocals and learning and improving their singing.
6. Band members are committed to learning cover songs in their original keys wherever possible; no strange keys please. (At best, keys should be changed by only a step or half step.)
7. Band seeks a repertoire or play list that is largely commercially marketable, including jazz swing, jazz standards, dance tunes, some classic rock or blues. No strange niches please.
Gigs will probably be weddings, parties and corporate events, and maybe clubs.
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