Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Last night I was playing piano with the an 18 piece Swing Band for a local dance. The stage was very small, so the band leader decided to put the trumpets, trombones, bass and drums on the stage. The saxes and I were placed on the floor in front of the stage. I was placed to the left of the stage. THIS WAS THE WORST SET-UP EVER! I didn't hear (or see) anyone on the stage. I couldn't hear the chart numbers being called. And the brass told me at the break that they couldn't hear anyone down front.
RULE #1. Always set up so that the entire group can hear and see each other. If there is not enough room on the stage for your entire ensemble, the set the entire group on the floor. .