Life in the Pit
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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56. The Wicked Harp - Laura Sherman, harpist

56. The Wicked Harp - Laura Sherman, harpist

July 9, 2021

Laura Sherman is currently a lecturer for the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.  Prior to that, she lived in NYC and played on Broadway shows, most prominently as the harpist for Wicked.  She also is the harpist on the Original Broadway Cast Recording for Hamilton: The Musical, which is notable in that there is not a harp book for the show.  We talk about why that is, along with her experiences for both shows as well as more deep-diving into the uniqueness of harp in general!  We discuss an article she wrote about Broadway harpists for Harp Column Magazine, and you can find that here: https://harpcolumn.com/blog/give-my-regards-to-broadway/

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55. Entr’acte: Celebrating 1 year of Life in the Pit

55. Entr’acte: Celebrating 1 year of Life in the Pit

June 25, 2021

Host David Lane celebrates 1 year of LIFE IN THE PIT as he reflects on the experience of creating the podcast, and describes some of the changes that will take place moving forward.  Don't worry; the podcast isn't going anywhere, but there are a few changes.  Finally, David shares 10 takeaways that he has learned from the composite of the past year's worth of guests that any musician can use to become the best pit musician he or she can be!   Thank you so much for supporting this podcast for one year!

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54. Principles for Professional Pit Musicians: Paul Perfetti, trumpet

54. Principles for Professional Pit Musicians: Paul Perfetti, trumpet

June 18, 2021

Paul Perfetti was the principal trumpet for the 1st and 3rd national tours of Les Misérables between 1987 and 2006.  He also played trumpet for the 42nd Street national tour.  Before and since then, he has played for several dozen productions in various theaters as well as operas.  He is a Grammy nominated contributor to early music recordings as an expert in historical trumpets and cornetti.  He is a resident of Boston, and frequently is a guest lecturer at places like the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the New England Conservatory of Music.  In this episode, we discuss the lessons he's learned that distinguishes the professional pit musicians with long careers from those with short ones.  This is a long episode, but one packed with wisdom from many thousands of shows!

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