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compensation: At least $100 per person per gig.


I am an experienced and established Latin musician/singer, who is looking to finally start my own Latin band, along with my brother. We will start off as a salsa band, but we would also like to play merengue and bachata, both in Spanish and English. It will be a mix of older and newer music. We will start off with some club gigs, but we would eventually like to form a corporate/wedding/event band. Club gigs start at $100. Schools, nursing homes, community centers start at $150. Corporate and wedding events are where the real money is at, but we have to be ready.

We have access to a booking agent, and other resources. I've also been offered a steady gig (at least once a month) at a well-known NYC latin spot. All we need is a great band to get started. If we put in the time, the work will definitely come.

We are not trying to be rich and famous, so we won't have to play any free promotional gigs. We just want to have fun, make people happy, play great music and make a few bucks along the way. We believe in paying every musician and singer the same amount of money per gig. The band leaders may occasionally keep any extra money to cover expenses, such as rehearsals, wardrobe, booking fees, taxes, etc. But our goal is to respect everyone's time and talent, treat everyone with respect and make sure that everyone goes home happy and paid. We want you to keep playing with us, so we will not cheat anyone. We do business honestly.

Here are the instruments that we are looking for. All musicians must have great timing. Some of our music is fast, and we don't want to drag. If you read music, it's a plus, but not required as long as you are a quick learner. If you can sing backing vocals, and maybe some lead, it's also a plus. All singers MUST be able to harmonize. Everyone must have their own equipment and be able to get to each gig and rehearsal on their own.

Bass: (Upright or electric)
Piano: (Any size, as long as it sounds good)

Note: I play both bass and piano, so if we find a bass player, I'll play piano; and vice versa.

Congas (Must be able to play many rhythms, including salsa and merengue)

Note: My brother plays the timbales, but would be happy to switch to other percussion.

Bongos: (Must be able to play many rhythms, including salsa and bachata)
Tambora: (Must be able to handle many styles of merengue)
Guira: (For bachata and merengue. Note that it's the guira, not the guiro, which is different)
Saxophone: (Any type)

Male and female singers are welcome to apply. I will do most of the singing, but I am a team player, so I may feature other singers, depending on the show. PLEASE, no devas or egos. You must be willing to sing lead and coros. All singers must know how to harmonize.

1. You are positive. We will treat you with respect, so we ask that all band members respect each other.
2. You are willing to rehearse. The more we play together, the better we will get. Most rehearsals are non-pay. However, we will respect your time, so please respect ours.
3. You are open-minded. We plan to play lots of standards, but we are looking to play some more unique music, like salsa in English, merengue, bachata, etc.
4. You are patient, and ok with starting off with $100 club gigs. The more we play together, the better we will be. The better we get, the easier it will be to get higher-paying gigs. We have the resources, but we need a great band to shop.

1. You are a hired gun. It's ok to play with other bands. After all, we've got to make a living, but we need musicians and singers that we can count on.
2. You are persuing a solo career. If you're looking to blow up, or become famous, this is not the band for you. We plan to be successful as a team, so we don't need superstars, just a super band.
3. If you don't like Latin music in English, or don't like to play fast.
4. If you have a hard time with transposing.

How to Apply:
1. E-mail me your name, contact number and your instrument. Please provide samples of your work. If you play more than one instrument, please specify.
2. Let me know in which burrough you live.
3. Let me know your experience level. Students and veteran musicians are welcome.
4. All ages, races and nationalities are welcome.

My summer will be very busy, but we hope to begin rehearsing in October. Serious replies only. Can't wait to speak with you. Let's do something unique and make great music. Adios for now.
  • do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers

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