Life in the Pit
62. Grad School in a Pandemic - Tanner Harrod: composer, guitarist, hornist

62. Grad School in a Pandemic - Tanner Harrod: composer, guitarist, hornist

January 21, 2022

Making connections, moving to a new community, studying music in a doctoral program, continuing to play for theatre productions: All of these things are difficult enough separately, but when you combine them and then add in a pandemic, you have Tanner Harrod's life.  He smiles his way through all of it as we chat about his life in grad school; playing theatre in Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska; keeping your musical tools sharp through variety; and the importance of just "being around" events.

 

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What’s New in 2022 for LIFE IN THE PIT

What’s New in 2022 for LIFE IN THE PIT

December 31, 2021

Happy New Year, everyone!  Life In the Pit isn't going anywhere in 2022, but the format is changing to add different perspectives that branch outside of theatrical productions.  We're not changing what we've done, only growing to include more.  In this short episode, David Lane gives you a preview of what's to come!

 

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61. Touring with the JCS 50 - Joe LaRocca, reeds

61. Touring with the JCS 50 - Joe LaRocca, reeds

November 19, 2021

Like so many theatre musicians, Joe LaRocca's path to his first Equity national tour, the currently-traveling 50th anniversary tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, was far from linear.  At times, he had to change directions and even gamble on himself before he could even back it up by even owning the instrument he needed for the gig.  We talk about tour life for an active tour (a first for this podcast), and the steps he did to make sure he was prepared for such a high-level gig even with very little prior theatre experience!

This episode is sponsored by The Ultimate Music Business Summit, an annual event going on its 2nd year on January 6-8.  This is a must-attend event for any professional musician wanting to improve their business skills!  Check out https://www.musicsummit.biz for more information.

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A Story of Failure and the Lessons Learned

A Story of Failure and the Lessons Learned

October 15, 2021

LIFE IN THE PIT is full of success stories from musicians around the world!  Today's episode, however, is a story of failure.  It's a personal story from host David Lane who recently was let go from a high-profile gig.  He talks about what happened and, more importantly, the 5 lessons he learned for decreasing the odds of it happening again.  If you're an aspiring musician with ambition, setbacks and disappointments are part of the process.  How you respond will determine how successful you ultimately become.  Today's episode will hopefully give you strategies to improve how you prepare for a show.

 

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60. The Broadway Trumpeter - Paul Baron, Trumpet

60. The Broadway Trumpeter - Paul Baron, Trumpet

October 1, 2021

Paul Baron has had a career in both theatre and in commercial recordings, including the first national tours of EvitaCatsThe Full MontyIn the HeightsSpamalot, and currently Frozen.  He is also the author of multiple books including The Broadway Trumpeter and the upcoming follow-up of Volume 2 (coming later this Fall).  This series is a comprehensive collection of actual trumpet book excerpts from the most famous shows ever, along with Paul's thoughts on preparation.  If you are a trumpeter, this book and our discussion is invaluable, but many of our talking points apply to all pit instrumentalists.  You can find out more about Paul at http://www.paulbaron.net/ .

 

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Interlude: 9/11, Pandemic, and Thoughts on Practice

Interlude: 9/11, Pandemic, and Thoughts on Practice

September 10, 2021

This is an improvised, random mini-episode with David Lane giving some thoughts on the 20th anniversary 9/11 and some personal thoughts based on recent experiences with COVID.  If you're only here for the music talk, skip to 12:25 to hear David talk about practice preparation specifics for an upcoming show.

 

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59. Community Theatre Musicians - Jeff Ingle, percussionist, contractor

59. Community Theatre Musicians - Jeff Ingle, percussionist, contractor

August 27, 2021

Just as Broadway productions and Broadway tours represent a small percentage of American theatre productions, the same is true for pit musicians.  Pit musicians and theaters are in every metro area, including Bakersfield, CA.  Jeff Ingle is a middle school history teacher by day, and a gigging percussionist with a passion for theatre by night.  He coordinates musicians from his area for local productions, and we talk about the community theatre scene, ensuring pay for musicians regardless of production status or size, and more!

 

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Preview of “Something Rotten” for Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance

Preview of “Something Rotten” for Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance

August 18, 2021

This is a short, sparsely edited episode that offers a sneak peek into community theatre tech week.  Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance has been a special part of host David Lane's musical theatre experience, and on Friday, it officially reveals its brand new venue on 650 W. Sixth St with the local premiere of "Something Rotten".  David chats with the director and 2 cast members in the midst of the hustle and bustle. Shows run August 20-22 and 27-29. For tickets, visit https://www.theatrealliance.ws/box_office/

 

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58. From Branson to Vegas - Tish Diaz, keyboardist

58. From Branson to Vegas - Tish Diaz, keyboardist

August 13, 2021

Tish Diaz has had a full career, more than you might think for someone still young and full of energy, one that includes theatre work in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Los Vegas, and Branson MO.   We talk about playing with artists like Andy Williams, being a keyboardist for the Vegas Jersey Boys show along with other acts, and even programming keyboards before the digital era.  She is currently keyboardist and associate conductor for the Pretty Woman national tour.  Find out more about Tish at http://www.tishdiazmusic.com/

 

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57. Reducing Orchestration - Alex Tirrell, music director

57. Reducing Orchestration - Alex Tirrell, music director

July 23, 2021

Alex Tirrell is a music director and keyboardist in Rhode Island.  He also is one of the sound designers at https://stage-sounds.com/ , the founder who is John Eldridge from Episodes 38 and 39.  This conversation focuses on some of the things music directors have to do on a limited budget such as creating reduced orchestrations.  You can find out more about Alex at www.alextirrell.com 

 

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