I have to face the music tomorrow on a botched corporate gig. Basically, they ended their meetings early, so there was a 1.5hour wait to hear our band, which I told to arrive 1 hour early, but they didn't. Singer came with 3 minutes to spare, on her knees organizing her music in front of the crowd and looking all disorganized, and so we did a Name That Tune activity without her for prizes until she could get organized. We play a fragment of the song for the audience to guess at. Well, for the first song, the guitar player plays A DIFFERENT SONG THAN THE REST OF US. It sounded terrible right out the starting gate!!!! I told him he was playing the WRONG SONG (quietly) and not to play as we had to keep the show moving. Well, we do the song beginning again, and he makes the same mistake again -- even though the song didn't require any guitar in the section we were playing. The event organizer who hired us sat there IN SHOCK as she heard us. It sounded awful at first. To make matters worse, the company that hired us is my employer, and they were giving me a steady stream of gigs for my other jazz band until now, which I think paved the way for this 'no questions asked' gig that just fell in my lap unasked for. Also, there was one requirement we didn't meet due to the change in the schedule, and to top it off, our singer commented on how hot/warm she was after a few songs she did (she's a great performer, really). Well, the event organizer gets a fan and holds it up to her as she sang, and she kind of hammed it up, which was great. But then, in spite of my directive that she keep it "straight laced" for a corporate gig, she takes the fan moment to bend over and point her butt at the fan (clothed), shocking the audience. To make matters worse, we altered the set list order at the last minute to put stronger tunes early in the night, told everyone, and gave printouts. Well, the keyboard player starts a different tune than the rest of the band for some reason, going off the OLD set list in the first set. Ughh.... At the end, the higher ranking managers told us we were great, and so did the event organizer. Most of my colleagues left early....The audience seemed to like it with cheers and dancing -- in spite of no alcohol, no spouses, and it being held at the company's auditorium in the middle of the day as optional attendance. But when it was time to pay us, I looked over at the event planner and she shakes her head in apparent (??) disgust and walks away. I never did get paid that day, as she never came back, and will have to do damage control tomorrow. I've been losing sleep over this all weekend. Feel like I totally screwed my reputation with the company as an employee AND musician, feel disturbed at the behavior of the singer (late, and racy behavior) and sort of angry the guitar player didn't listen when I told him not to play. And by the way, my bass was indistinct in the mix due to lack of a subwoofer. How do you make it up to the client when you botch the gig, and people go home? I'm thinking of offering my jazz band, which are better musicians and have a history with the company, at a low rate (maybe even free) paying the musicians out of my own pocket as penance. I wouldn't do this normally, but this is my employer who pays the bills and gives me a good living, health benefits, etcetera. They have events on the horizon at which we could do this. Comments on how to save this relationship and prevent these set list collisions and problems with "non-compliant" musicians who don't think it's important to arrive early to respond to changes in the schedule when you're part of a daily schedule that? I've noticed this in most bands, they don't want to get there early enough to be really prepared and relaxed.