First Contract Testimony
I recently finished my first contract as a "show band musician" with CUNARD, a British-American cruise line based in Southampton, England. I started out on December 12th and got back on January 10th. I flew from Chicago to London, then bused to Southampton where I boarded the Queen Elizabeth, my new home for the next month. From Southampton, we travelled to the Canary Islands of Spain, a few places in Portugal, and concluded to Germany. My brief contract allowed me to see what the cruise life is all about and to see if this is something I’d like to continue to do once I graduate with my masters from NIU. Long story short, I definitely look forward to going back!
I was very blessed on my first contract to be surrounded by wonderful musicians and even better people. We played a range of styles; broadway, jazz, dixieland, classical, pop, reggae, etc, which kept the overall musical interest to be quite exciting. Not to mention having the chance to work on my doubles!
The other great thing about cruise life is being able to make music every day, having the time to practice, and traveling the world all the while getting paid to do so! It really is an amazing opportunity that I encourage all of my fellow colleagues to investigate.
mediterranean Tour 2016
Canary Islands Tour 2015