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The best buy for your buck? A drummer!

Posted by keithosaunders on June 22, 2010

This anecdote is brought to you by a drummer friend of mine, Taro Okamoto. He plays on my current CD, Lost In Queens, and is one of my favorite musicians.

A while back, a friend Taro’s needed him to facilitate the rental of a drum set.  The friend was arriving from Japan to play a gig, as well as a recording session and wanted to pick up a drum set in New York rather than have to bring his own. 

Taro called several music store only to find that the going rate for renting drums was $250.00.  There was an additional charge of $100.00 for cartage — $50.00 per trip to have the drums delivered and picked up from the venue.  

Now this is embarrassing to admit but most jazz gigs pay much less than $350.00   It would have been much cheaper for his friend to have hired a drummer and told him not to play, just to bring the drums!

$375.00                                                                                                                               Much cheaper!

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2 Responses to “The best buy for your buck? A drummer!”

  1. ermadear said

    ??$375??is it expensive…

    • Hi Erma,

      Thank you for stopping by. I was wondering how you heard of my blog?

      375.00 is fairly expensive I think, but my drummer friend and I got a big laugh over the fact that if you actually hire a drummer (who will, of course, bring his own drum set) it is cheaper than going through the rental store! It’s a humorous, but sad commentary on how little jazz musicians earn.

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