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  1. eyvindwa

    eyvindwa

    Aug 1, 2007
    Oslo, Norway
    Hell no! :cool:
     
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  2. Yonni

    Yonni

    Oct 31, 2016
    Scotland
    I don’t think it’s much of a thing in the UK. I was bought up catholic and I hardly ever heard live music other than organs and choirs. Been to plenty of Church of England and Church of Scotland services (I was a wedging photographer for 8 years). Didn’t see bands there either. I only go to church for a wedding or a funeral (I’m atheist), but if it was a thing and it paid, I’d consider it. As long as I wasn’t expected to hang out and pretend I was into the preaching.
     
  3. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    I played in churches for some years. No sheet music, louder than hell, a lot of very talented musicians. Saw a lot of things...wigs flying off, teeth falling out, risers collapsing...you name it. It was a wild ride and I gained valuable musical experience and was well compensated. At that time and in that area Gospel music was contributing more to R&B/Urban secular music than the other way around...in hindsight it was nice to be at the unfiltered source. I have no interest in doing it again and the only regret is not wearing ear protection.
     
  4. Never had a church gig. Haven’t had much use for church as an adult.

    But as a kid, while taking piano lessons, I got to fool around with a proper church organ for a short while. It remains one of the most moving musical experiences of my life. In the sense that everything in the place moved with those bass pipes.
     
  5. Stempelloos

    Stempelloos

    Nov 3, 2008
    Netherlands
    There were never any electrically amplified instruments played in the church where I sang in the choir.
    Organ, violin, cello, trumpet, hobo, clarinet, and other acoustic instruments. No modern percussion though.
    We did have classical guest-soloist to join the choir at parts.
    The choir performed classical pieces and Gregorian masses.
    Also no gospel or anything that was vaguely connected to popular music and culture.

    Beside the fact that I didn't play any bass back then, there wouldn't have been any demand for it. No church gigs, only classical performances.
     
  6. jfh2112

    jfh2112

    Jun 18, 2013
    Brookhaven, MS
    I played in church for about 12 years. It was fun, and I learned a lot. But I left about 3 years ago, for various reasons beyond the scope of this discussion, and I'm not going back.
     
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  7. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i've had a few "church gigs" in my life --- when i was younger, hustling for gigs/money. most were for bass, a few were FOH. "mega-churches" were becoming a thing and lots of musicians were hustling/competing for those gigs.

    (the church of my 'upbringing' was not the type to have bands or paid ensembles...just the organist)
     
  8. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Southwest Virginia
    I was asked to play in a church yesterday for special music one Sunday in August. Probably do this four to six times a year on average. (less often on years with a viral pandemic which causes churches to be closed...)
     
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  9. Eli_Kyiv

    Eli_Kyiv

    Apr 7, 2020
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Not me, never.
     
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  10. I haven’t played or have been to church for years, but I have in my past and absolutely have wonderful memories from it.

    I had not played in years, but was attending a southern baptist style church that really was fun and a party. They had a great band with a good musical director, but I had been out of playing a long time and never brought it up to anyone.

    The inevitable happened, and I was asked to join in for a service. It was quite the eye opening experience.

    Growing up with parents more tuned into big band swing or The Beach Boys, my musical knowledge in the area of southern swing gospel was very limited. Getting into the funky gospel feel is really a thing, and opened my eyes to older Motown and other praise worship style playing. Coming from rock, this was a whole new bag. It launched my dormant passion for playing once again, and I had a completely new direction to go in.

    Eventually all good things change, we moved from the area, and my wife and I divorced. I played a little in a church band every now and then to help out, but I never had the same passion for playing in or attending church services. I’ll spare us all from the politics.

    I have nothing bad to say about those moments I had with the power of a swing choir and a killing rhythm section cooking along. The playing was almost instinctual, and the dynamics were on a completely different level. The word was good, and life celebrated. They were good times.
     
  11. Pocket4

    Pocket4 Supporting Member

    Dec 9, 2013
    New Hampshire
     
  12. MynameisMe

    MynameisMe Be kind. Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    Jax, Florida
    I’ll be playing tomorrow morning and nearly every Sunday unless I’m running sound.
    No I don’t get paid. It’s all volunteer and I am happy to do it.
    It’s interesting reading the comments here.
    Many differing viewpoints but that’s TalkBass.
     
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  13. Ryno1330

    Ryno1330 Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2020
    I do but because I'm active in the church and ours isn't a big production or "scene" as someone put earlier. It oddly feels like playing in a garage band with less swearing.
     
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  14. Whale guy

    Whale guy

    Jul 12, 2018
    I played in various church groups for about 10 years. Met some fabulous musicians, and got hooked up with some great bands. I really got turned off of church, and doubt I will ever go back. Playing off of piano scores at church is when my love for the 5 string started. That will never go away.
     
  15. TreySonagras

    TreySonagras

    Aug 11, 2013
    Texas
    I’m in a small town of about 50,000 and one of the best bands in town is at a large church. I get to play there about once a month. The music is not bad and the cats can all play. Good money, food, and hang.
     
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  16. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    I played bass for a while in a Catholic church where church bands are a rarity. Nothing like the sort of bands most folks here talk about. No PA, no drums. We stood up in the choir loft next to the (electronic) organ.

    I got asked to play for a rock opera about the Passion that a parishoner had written back in the 1970s and the church still performed every year. That did have drums, electric guitars, etc. I chose to stay on and play with the smaller, quieter band that supported the choir all year.

    It all came to an end when the bishop asigned a new pastor who was not at all supportive of the choir, so we all quit.

    P.S. I had a coworker back around 1990 who lived out west and played metal in an evangelical church band :wideyed: He sent me a tape and it was very good. The pastor was the lead vocalist and sounded like Geddy Lee :p
     
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  17. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    That's OK. I know an organist/choir director who's Jewish.
     
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  18. Bass Momma

    Bass Momma

    Dec 25, 2017
    This English American atheist finds church bands one of the weirder things I’ve encountered in my 35 years living here.
     
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  19. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    The running joke here in New England about UU is that it's the only Christian denomination where you don't have to believe in God.

    UU is important to music here because so many folk music coffehouses and folk dances are held in UU churches. I used to run a zydeco dance at one. Most other denominations would not rent out their halls for such activities.
     
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  20. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Guest

    Oct 1, 2011
    I sang in choir when I was a lad, does that count?
     
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