Now you have a steelpan booking. What do you need to do to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible? Ms Panness says....
Create a checklist of everything you think you will need. Experience will tell you that you cannot prepare for every eventuality but a lack of preparation will undoubtedly lead to things going wrong or a poor performance.
Bookings (also called gigs) are usually one-off performances and therefore you will need to present yourself as best as possible because this can lead to more bookings.
Ms Panness has created a checklist that you might find useful. Not all of these items will apply as it will depend on the event and the format of your steelband.
- All members have been notified
- Uniform (outfits)
- Permission slips
- Transportation for pans
- Transportation for players
- Spare sticks/stands/pan ties or string
- Business cards
- Music stands and music stand lights
- Written confirmation of the booking
- Name and address of the venue
- Contact number for the venue
- Name of contact for the venue
- Directions to the venue
- Check the traffic reports
- Arrival time
- Playing times
- The repertoire
- Changing rooms
- The available space to perform
- Sound check
- PA equipment (public-address system)
- Limbo sticks
- CDs for sale
- Video of the performance
- If sunny: cap, sunglasses, sun block if skin is sensitive, drinks and snacks
- If cold: warm coat, gloves, hoody or sweater
Before playing get plenty of rest. It is usually not a good idea to eat just before you perform. Finally, as a musician the booking is partly about the music. If you are not enjoying what you are playing, it's likely that your audience would not be either.