I'm here looking for a bit of advice. I am a second year music student focusing on jazz performance on drum set. Lately Ive been considering taking a year off after this year. The program is pretty intense and I want to get placed in better ensembles. My question is how good do you have to be to be the drummer for a band? Ive read a lot of things that say you gotta know a bunch of styles and how to site read but theres never an audio example. Sure I can sight read and play multiple styles but certain styles ie. Latin, are a bit harder than others. I feel like working on a cruiseship would be a great experience and make me a better player. Also I would be able to put the money towards this massive debt that I'm accumulating.
Also, should I go through a talent agency or straight to a cruise line?
Is it best for me to have a website and portfolio before applying?
Again I really wanna know what level players get on.
I have seen ads in Craiglist where people are looking for musicians for cruise ships.
I was a stage manager and if you are a drummer who can read music you have a leg up for sure. All you need to know are the styles and how to read a chart to count of the number of bars, etc. Very unlikely you will have to sight read notes or drum fills.
Just be able to follow the verses, chorus, repeats, codas, etc.