Behind the Scenes: Training, Rehearsals, and Gigs

Alex Stewart

in Making the Scene

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249530
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940161 | DOI:
Behind the Scenes: Training, Rehearsals, and Gigs

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This chapter looks behind the scenes—at venues and rehearsal spaces—while providing historical perspective on the types currently active. Musicians discuss their training, influences, and competition for work and recognition. Their discourse reveals how perceptions of musical and social boundaries are inflected by racial difference. Since the end of the swing era, three main avenues have remained for musicians to get that experience: school bands, rehearsal bands, and part-time working bands, including dance orchestras.

Keywords: band rehearsals; big band venues; racial difference; musical boundaries; school bands

Chapter.  10161 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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