Originally Posted by Greg Curtis
Same thing happening here with me.
Except, I want to add that as a horn player I've done many a gig as a last minute or planned fill-in for national touring bands/groups, and I've always gotten paid. Sometimes really well. But always more than I'd make with a local band. Even had to wear a stinky ill-fitting red blazer a few times, but that group paid **really** well.
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Ha! That brings back funny memories. I used to fill for one of those travelling 50's revivals, and it was always pretty obvious how far the gig was from laundry day. They'd wash those blazers once every few weeks, whether they needed it or not.
But yeah, the pay was good. Afternoon rehearsal at scale, then gig pay at over scale.