lead vocals +keyboards – we prefer to DI the keyboards and use monitors rather than backline
tenor sax + backing vocals
trombone + backing vocals – one shared microphone for all backing vocals
guitar – can provide backline – amp is miked if going through PA.
bass – can provide backline – prefer DI if bass is going through PA but can be miked.
We are generally happy to share backline or use provided backline for bass and guitar.
Our standard stage layout is:
alto // tenor // trombone
technical requirements when we provide the PA
If we are providing the PA, these are what we need from a client.
car access – we need to unload two cars as close as possible to where we are playing (for the drums and PA) and will need parking for three or four cars.
time to set-up and sound check – it takes us at least an hour (and preferably 75 minutes) to set our equipment up and get the sound as good as possible. It is not sensible for this to happen with guests in the same room so needs to be done before the function uses that room.
lighting – we do not have our own lights to either light the stage or the dance-floor. We like to have some light on stage as we need to read music (though can use music stand lights.)
power – we need at least one – and preferably two – 13 amp sockets where we are playing.
enough room – we have often played in rooms without proper stages, but we still need enough space to fit a seven piece band and a PA.
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