I will keep this as short as possible. Six years ago I was given the opportunity to start a 'dream band' with a bunch of guys as the core of the group and horns to follow. We were doing lots of Chicago, Tower Of Power, Beatles, EWF, Motown, ect. I was the youngest. the rest of the members were in their 50's. So when we got about 10 songs ready, we all met for the first time at rehearsal and hit it off as the core members. Male-Singer/Keys(Leader of the band), Drummer, Guitar, and myself on Bass. Then we got a Female Singer, Sax, Trumpet, and Bone...these horn guys played with the Leader of the Band before. So at this point it was an 8 Piece. We proved ourselves in clubs and in the CT Casino known as Foxwoods. Things were paved for us, and we had it going on..The Keys/Leader has an Irish temper and eventually due to this we lost horn members and the Female singer, very uncomfortably and made some of us uneasy as he did it in a jerk way. He found back-ups for the horns, and I found a great Female Singer( I knew her from before) who bloomed the band as she has a powerful soul voice and helped taken it even higher. I was in charge of the FB Page, he did the outdated website(looked like myspace). He booked us in the casino 10-12x a year(He works in the Entertainment Booking Dept. there), and I did the remaining 90% of gigs for the most part and promoted. We were playing in front of 50 to near 700 plus, in gigs that I said, "Someday I will do this event." So as more horns left, the Bone player who was now in charge of charts and getting horn fill-ins and I would get new horn players, as I was in another oldies band and met many horn players to assist as did he. We had an even better 10 member band and were doing great as far as gigs, fan base, bigger venues and opportunities. Note: Still the same CORE members from the first day. Our Singer left due to her family and job obligations, but she found a great Female addition..good at music and singing, but not as powerful..but still excellent. Here is where it happens: Our drummer had to get knee surgery this past Sept. I had drummers that were good enough to fill in for a few months, but the leader wanted to find someone and he did...Good drummer but stuck on himself, flashy and no dynamics for this music. It was hard to play with him and he was not professional to manners and what we stood for. I could not wait for our drummer to come back....which is what the leader kept saying to him..no worries heal, and get back. The spot is and will always be yours. Even the Female singer who would fill in for us that I got did a couple of gigs to help. She said, How do you guys play with him..he is cocky and makes the time changes of the songs too fast...enough said. So we did a huge NYE gig at the Casino and it was going to be the fill in drummers last gig, and a way to say Thank-you for filling in..then it was back with the original core as the drummer and I would keep in touch...not true. The leader ended up calling the drummer and saying we are going to stick with the fill in...He was shocked and I had no idea. The drummer called me, having no clue and was upset, as he was set to ocome to rehearsal in 4 days...So I msg the leader and said, can we talk about this, just so I know the reason and why would we strung him along to mend from his surgery just to let him go..he said sure, after the weekend...so I called him and he said, "Yah, I just thought we should move on with this back-up drummer...and well I am getting a new Bass Player too."........WHAT!?!? So for 6 years and no warning, as he gave other members talks if they missed a rehearsal or had health issues, or schedule conflicts...but no warning. He is a snake. It stung. To be away from this release and routine of having your dream band, to just have it pulled from you without warning. It was not because I wasn't doing my share as I did a lot for the business, but because I did not really agree with the leaders idea of the drummer. To me we were family, and partly due to the good drummer we had, that made this happen. Some of the members still reach out to me and want to do projects with them, and I would love to see them play out...but it is like seeing your x girlfriend make out with her new boy friend...LOL So, it depressed me..but I have dusted off and back at it looking for the next great thing.