This podcast is devoted to the lives and experiences of instrumental musicians who play for musical theatre. Listeners can hear the stories of what goes on in "the pit" and aspiring musicians can learn what it takes to become a pit musician.
22. "I was terrified...and it was incredible!" - Haidee Dollak - piano accompanist
If you're a piano student, be sure to listen to this episode! Being a professional soloist is a moon shot, but learning how to be a great accompanist will give you a great chance to be paid for what you do! Haidee is a staff accompanist primarily working with the theatre department at Elon University, one of the premiere musical theatre programs in the United States. We have a fun conversation about what it's like to be a theatre accompanist and then transition to the Piano 1/Keyboard 1 spot of the pit.As a reminder, you can follow the show on Instagram or Twitter @LifeInThePitPod. Reach out with a message through www.davidlanemusic.com/podcast .
21. Getting on National Tours Locally - Wayne Leechford, contractor, reeds
Most national tours of Broadway shows travel with a small core group of musicians along with the music director, but require the services of local contractors to fill out the personnel needed in the pit for each area they visit. In the Raleigh-Durham area, that person is most likely Wayne Leechford. He has contracted musicians for many groups, but especially for the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), a regular stop for the biggest Broadway tours including Wicked, Hamilton, Billy Eliot, The Color Purple, Legally Blonde, Mean Girls and so many more! In addition to what it's like getting musicians for those shows, working with the different music directors, and performing in the shows (Wayne also professionally plays saxophone and clarinet), we talk about what musicians can do to get on the radar of someone like Wayne and get to play for these prestigious shows and what those expectations are if you are hired.You can find out more about Wayne, including his amazing bio, at www.wayneleechford.com . Follow the podcast on Instagram or Twitter @LifeInThePitPod. Visit www.davidlanemusic.com/podcast to find out more about the show or to leave the host a message. Please share with your friends, and leave a rating and review.
20. "So I snuck out of the school with her oboe..." - Matthew Covington, oboes
This is the third and concluding episode of the woodwind trilogy. In Episode 18, we talked about flutes. Episode 19 was about clarinets and saxophones. This week's episode features Matthew Covington, as we talk about double-reeds (such as oboe and English horn) as well as Matthew's unorthodox path to choosing his instrument and becoming a professional musician.Follow Life in the Pit on Instagram or Twitter @ LifeInThePitPod. You can leave a message to the host through www.davidlanemusic.com/podcast.
19. "It kinda puts you in a weird moment." - Kania Mills, clarinets/saxophones
This is the 2nd episode in a trilogy of conversations with musicians who play a specific family of woodwinds.Kania Mills is plays clarinets for multiple symphony orchestras and concert bands, and teaches at two colleges. We talk a lot about the difference of a clarinetist's role in band and orchestra. We, of course, talk a lot about playing for theatre. We also have an important conversation about race. Kania is an African American woman, and shares her perspective on the challenges that brings and the possibly subconscious but apparent biases that she often receives. In spite of the serious subject included, it is a fun conversation with a lot of laughter!You can follow this podcast on Instagram or Twitter @LifeInThePitPod. You can contact the host through direct message there, or by filling out a contact sheet at www.davidlanemusic.com/podcast. Please rate, review, and share if you've enjoyed this episode!
18. "Our Limitations Are a Gift to Ourselves" - Tika Douthit, flute
Episodes 18, 19, and 20 form a trilogy where I will be talking to a musician who focuses on one specific family of the woodwinds. This episode features Dr. Tika Douthit, an assistant professor at Winston-Salem State University, adjunct professor at Forsyth Tech Community College, and principal flutist for the Piedmont Wind Symphony. He talks about the flute family and his experiences in the pit, about the importance of an emotional connection with the music, and being our own inspiration.You can follow the LIFE IN THE PIT on Twitter or Instagram @LifeInThePitPod. You can send a message or find out more information at www.davidlanemusic.com/podcast.
17. Growth Cycle: "Carp, Possum, Raccoon" - Guy Kelpin, trombone & bass
A little seriousness and a short necessary rant at the beginning. The fun part of this episode begins at 6:07.Guy Kelpin is an everyman in music. He has played in orchestras and horn lines for bands such as Bantum Rooster. He's been a composer. He's been a band director and private instructor. He's been a church choir director. He's been a properties manager and house manager, the latter an interim position he holds at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has 2 different musical Master's Degrees. Oh yeah... he has played a ton of shows in the pit as both a trombonist and bassist (including the bass/tuba book for Chicago!)Guy talks about his winding musical journey, and his thoughts on musicianship in general including the very unique analogy in the title of this episode that he explains.You can follow the show on Twitter or Instagram @LifeInThePitPod and find links to all major podcast apps plus all episodes at http://www.davidlanemusic.com/podcast.