Of sure, you need to have killer chops, know the standards, be on time and wear black socks with black shoes, but did you take the time to thank the band leader for hiring you in the first place. I just did a gig where one musician was not only a good player but a hell of nice guy and it reminded me that, yeah, nice guys can come first. I would want to work with this man again and I am sure, so would the band. Not only that, but he sent an email afterwards thanking everyone. Just smart . . . well, smart and polite. I hope to work with him again soon and I will likely be the guy giving him the work.
Dr. Michael Kearns
Musician, educator, husband, father, web designer ... my life is like a mosaic with each piece vying for my attention.