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    Played a wedding gig on Sat night and the trumpet player, who is very good, was texting during the rests. Then I look over and he's taping one of my solos.

    In the five years I've been a school teacher and not a musicain has the world gone insane?

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    Texting or checking your phone on the bandstand (or in rehearsal for that matter) is taboo, as far as I am concerned. Unless, of course, there is some sort of emergency.

    That trumpet player deserved a slap on the back of the head!

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    I wish someone would tape one of my solos.

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    I'd be more pissed at someone taping my solos.

    Texting or talking on the phone is unprofessional behavior.
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    You always keep a professional face while on stage; especially so at a wedding.

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    Completely unprofessional behavior. Even if you don't sound like it, it makes you LOOK like a bunch of amateurs.

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    Default Re: Texting on the bandstand

    A couple years ago I was in a band with a bass player who did this. But he didn't stop playing to do it, just kept his left hand working. And he was sexting. And showing the rest of the band the conversation in the middle of the set. Classy.

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    Miles said Trane would pick his nose when he was on junk
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    Quote Originally Posted by vonbraig View Post
    Miles said Trane would pick his nose when he was on junk
    I wonder if he ate what he found up there? [rolleyes]

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    Quote Originally Posted by lhoffman View Post
    But he didn't stop playing to do it, just kept his left hand working. And he was sexting.
    Sexting? You mean he was playing pocket pool on the stand?
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    I gig once in awhile with an LA session drummer. He told me that texting is very important. Contractors will text a bunch of players, and the first one that texts back gets the gig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thadnoland View Post
    I wonder if he ate what he found up there? [rolleyes]
    Usually when they're high on junk people don't eat. That's why junkies are so skinny.
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    Default Re: Texting on the bandstand

    I don't text on the bandstand but at party gigs where it won't be noticed by people I will often pull out my phone and record part of somebody's solo, nobody in the band minds.

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    Default Re: Texting on the bandstand

    Last time something like this happened, I asked to borrow their phone...and then left it in my van on top of a shop magnet.
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    Default Re: Texting on the bandstand

    In the pit, sure, but not when visible by the audience.

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    Default Re: Texting on the bandstand

    Personally, I've never thought it was even sort of okay to do that. I mean, when it's time for a gig, or even practicing at home, it's time to do that. Adding a phone into the mix adds one more unnecessary distraction to an already too distracting world. It's unprofessional, and does make an impact on the playing, in that the person is thinking about the conversation, not the gig.
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    NO.

    I think no matter what the gig, it's no good. I saw a NAME bari player texting on a gig more than once and I lost total respect for him.
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    Default Re: Texting on the bandstand

    If I were the band leader, I would have fired his a%# on the spot and played lead the rest of the night.

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    Default Re: Texting on the bandstand

    I can beat that. I actually played with some guys where the guitar player got and TOOK a phone call during a song. Stopped playing to do it. Last gig I played with those guys. . .

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    Default Re: Texting on the bandstand

    I'm indifferent when others do this, but sentiments like these:
    Quote Originally Posted by William Bua
    If I were the band leader, I would have fired his a%# on the spot and played lead the rest of the night.
    are certainly shared by many people, so I would never pull out my phone at a gig, in a formal rehearsal, etc. I know lots of players that I respect greatly who are offended if people (participants) text at jam sessions.

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