Life of a Band: Why Rehearse?

If getting 2 people to coordinate is hard -- try 19.  Nineteen people who have different ideas of how it should sound (maybe a few without any ideas).  While the music lays out exactly what we're each supposed to play, it's not quite enough.  Each member must not only have the technical skills to read and play the notes, we all must "hear" it together.
Each horn section has a lead player, and each member of that section must listen and replicate the tone, style, starts, and stops of that lead player.  Then each of the lead players must hear each other.  The rhythm section provides not only the beat, but hits and kicks and fills to glue us all together.
At rehearsals, we pull out old charts to tighten them up and refine our group skills, then we pull out some new charts to remind ourselves of how far we have to go.  Sometimes these new charts are pulled out during a gig to provide the band with a little heart stimulation ("Well, at least we ended together!").
And that's why we rehearse.  That, and so our dancers don't sprain an ankle.

3 comments

  • Bob Duda

    Bob Duda Chicago

    I am going to be visiting with a friend who lives in Blaine on April 29 and 30. Will the band be performing at that time. I would also like to talk with one of the leaders from the band about future dates. Bob Duda Vocalist

    I am going to be visiting with a friend who lives in Blaine on April 29 and 30.
    Will the band be performing at that time.
    I would also like to talk with one of the leaders from the band about future dates.
    Bob Duda Vocalist

  • Beasley's Big Band

    Beasley's Big Band

    Sorry, but we don't have any gigs on either April 29th or 30th. This website has our complete schedule. The easiest way to for us to communicate with you is via email - beasleysbigband@gmail.com . Thanks for checking in and sorry it took so long to reply!

    Sorry, but we don't have any gigs on either April 29th or 30th. This website has our complete schedule. The easiest way to for us to communicate with you is via email - beasleysbigband@gmail.com . Thanks for checking in and sorry it took so long to reply!

  • chirstian

    chirstian la

    this site is great and im thankful for the webmaster!!!

    this site is great and im thankful for the webmaster!!!

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