Have any of you seen, perhaps even been involved with, a band or project that was made up of musicians who were NOT professionals (i.e. didn't make their living, or perhaps no money at all, from playing music), but were very good, perhaps even good enough to BE pros if they wanted to do it? (But the catch is, they DIDN'T want to do it). We could have two categories here: (A) Bands or projects that made absolutely no, or very little, money from their efforts - certainly not enough to cover the expense of their involvement; and (B) Bands or projects that DO make significant money from their endeavors, perhaps even selling music online, even have a fan following - but still, the members are NOT professional musicians and support themselves and their families through "day jobs." I've been thinking about this a bit lately in starting up our own project. One member is "underemployed," shall we say, and understandably sees this as an opportunity at "revenue enhancement," while the others are gainfully employed as professionals making a good living, and see the band as more of a "hobby," albeit a significant one in which they're willing to invest much time (and money). I don't know how common this is, or what the typical path is that such projects might take. I seem to recall that one band I like very much, The Blue Nile, was made up entirely of folks who played music only part-time, although they were pretty successful at it. Anyone else have personal experiences along these lines, or at least tales to tell?