People often ask me “how does the band travel?” This is a snapshot of a recent week this June.
Monday: we took our tour bus to Washington D.C. to do a show for 800 of Merle Norman’s top sales directors. Most of our guests were women and the show featured mostly classic dance songs and a few current songs.
Tuesday: the band headed back to Atlanta while I – and my oldest son Tanner – flew to Boston for a meeting and a Red Sox game on Wednesday.
Thursday: in the morning, the band flew to Boston to do a show that evening for Cisco at the Boston World Trade Center. We performed for 1,800 people from around the world. This show had a concert feel, and our music was current and classic dance.
Friday: at 4 a.m., we took taxis to the airport and flew to Atlanta. We arrived at 9:30 a.m., boarded our tour bus and headed to Savannah, G.A., for a Debutante Ball for 400 parents and children. This show featured mostly current dance songs.
Saturday: we packed up the gear, showered and boarded the bus at 3 a.m. and set out for Tampa, Florida to play a Bat Mitzvah for an audience of 600. Our trio performed a jazz set in the foyer of the hotel and Jeff, our vocalist/DJ, performed for the kids in the ballroom. After dinner, we kicked off a three-hour, nonstop dance set. This client had a very specific play list and ahead of our performance, we had several calls to discuss the music to be sure we had music for every age. After the show, we boarded our bus and headed home to in Atlanta, arriving at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
I’m happy to report that all four shows were a success. To perform at this high level is very demanding, we have to be sharp physically and mentally for the full nonstop show.
The fact that we have a great team helps, too. For instance, Buzz our bus driver, is the best in the business and has toured with Bruce Springsteen and Garth Brooks. And Scott, our tour manager, makes sure all our travel and performances run like clockwork — from airline tickets and hotel reservations to meals, load-in times and all show details.
It also helps that our 45-foot tour bus is as smooth as flying on a 747, and with bunk beds, TVs, a microwave, refrigerators – we have all the comforts of home.
There’s nothing like the look of satisfaction on a client’s face at the end of a show.
It is an honor for us to do this work, traveling the world and bringing our show to all types of events. Hope to see you soon.