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Where are you all from?

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Where are you all from? #5874
Where are you from, Roland arrangers lovers?

I'm from Brazil, São Paulo - land of samba and soccer! Oh no, please! We have more than that! Lol

And do you play for hobby or professional?

I do for hobby, although I played a little in some weddings, a long long time ago!
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Where are you all from? #5875
I am from Stoellet in Sweden and I play only for hobby. I have an BK.9 arranger.
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Where are you all from? #5876
I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the Northeast USA. Moved to Fort Worth, Texas about 20 years ago.

I was destined to become an arranger player. When I was a boy, we had a small chord organ in the house. At Christmas time, my parents would take us to the King of Prussia mall. At the foot of the escalator, in the "Continental Gallery" there was a store filled with home organs. I would hang out there and listen to the sales lady demonstrate to potential customers. Of course as soon as I tried myself she would shoo me out! We want most what we couldn't have as a child!!
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Where are you all from? #5879
I'm from the UK originally (born 1956), and have been living in the US since 1980. I've been lucky enough to work as a full time musician since my teens.

I always loved the piano and home organs as a child, and had to be torn away from them whenever I was allowed to noodle on them. Wanted lessons as early as five, but my parents didn't get around to it until I was 11 (damn!). I did a year of straight classical piano lessons at 11, hated it, and begged my parents to hire a local restaurant pianist to teach me, which they fortunately did. So I got an early education in playing from chord charts and improvising as well as the classical scales and arpeggios.

My first 'keyboard' was an accordion at 11 (no room for a piano) and then a piano at 12. I'm Scottish on my father's side, so playing jigs and reels was part of the family tradition. A family friend had a Lowery home organ, so I also started to get my feet around the pedals (no arrangers back then!) and organ technique.

Started playing brass in high school, a year on trumpet then quickly on to bigger things, baritone's, euphoniums and then finally trombone. That really took off for me, ended up with a full seat at college doing classical trombone. But always kept up the piano and organs, and started to get involved with rock bands and dance bands, sometimes on piano or organ, sometimes trombone, sometimes both!

Got out of college, went straight into full time organ and piano playing, Mecca ballrooms (any old English folk will tell you about those!), holiday camps, cabaret, pubs and working men's clubs. Went from there into cruise work, did a stint round the Caribbean, got seen there by Americans, and brought to New York to do the session scene. Did that for a couple of years living in Manhattan, got to play with some now-famous musicians, but having been brought up in the country, not that comfortable in the concrete jungle!

Went on the road a couple of years through the east side of the US, came through Florida a few times in the early 80's, really enjoyed the Panhandle, got offered house gigs and settled here ever since (except when hurricanes forced me to live in New Orleans one year, and Memphis another).

You could say I've been blessed... It isn't necessarily the way to get rich (some do!) but it has been a happy life. I'm 63 now, so things are slowing down a bit, but I still play 3-4 jobs a week through the season and hunker down in the offseason. I enjoy playing just about everything, from jazz to zydeco, from reggae to rock, from country to oldies. The enjoyment is the playing... I'm not hung up on what it is!

Follow your dreams. You never know where you will end up!
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BK-9 BK-7m G70. Kurzweil K2500S, Korg Triton. Samick upright piano. iMac 27", HR824 monitors.

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