Hello Everyone!

Wanted to send an update after our final Red Cross concert. We set a goal of $1000 per show to raise $300o per show.

April 10th show  $687

April 16th show $221

April 17th show $3197!

Total donations received 4105.78  YAHOO! Great job and thank you to everyone that contributed to the fund raiser.

Big thank you to Lulu Cerone and her Lemonade Warriors. They came to every show and helped collect the donations for the Red Cross. They did a great job and we look forward to working with them again very soon. You all rocked!

Special note to our biggest contributor. Jake Greenspan (Sax and Piano) collected close to $1700 in donations for the Red Cross and brought them to our fund raiser on April 17th. Great job Jake! You donations definitely put us over our goal.


Overall the shows went well and we continue to see great growth with our Band Members.

We did have some sound issues with the shows on the 16th and 17th. These were mostly due to inexperienced sound engineers and in some cases lack of experience with our Band Members. The biggest challenge we face with the concerts is the sound. Besides all the logistic issues of putting on a show, the competence and experience of the sound engineer can make or break the experience. Good or bad it is always a learning experience. Of course we would prefer to always have great sound for every band and every show. In the real world of working in clubs and sound engineers that will not always happen.  I’ve done many shows with awesome sound and I’ve done many shows with awful sound.

We need to also remember that all the kids are learning how to play live and make adjustments. This in itself can be a challenge for  sound engineers. A great engineer can’t make up for lack of experience on stage. Sometimes (not on our approval) our Band Members turn up the amps or turn them down. Sometimes they sing to loud, to soft or way off the microphone. All these level changes make it hard for an engineer to make adjustments on the fly. A guitarist that turns up the stage volume on his amp has to be taken out of the “house mix”, and at the same time he is drowning out the singer. A sound engineer can’t fix that. That is on the performers to create a good balance on stage as they play, and that takes years of experience playing many different clubs, with different bands and different stage equipment. A great way to learn more about this is to watch a professional band do a sound check. You could also come to your  JTB show early and watch the Band Leaders set the stage volume level, work with the engineer, run through a song and make adjustments.

Playing on stage takes years of practice to master. Everyone will experience the good and bad. Enjoy the ride and make every gig a learning experience.

See you next time!

John Mizenko

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