You’ve gotta have styles…

April 13th, 2011

Looking for a nice, challenging gig onboard Cruise Ships? There are lots of opportunities for musicians. But, before you join on that fabulous adventure of Cruising around the World, there is one thing among others that’s very important to master to have a successful start in this industry.

For those who are just finishing school and looking to get started on your musical career, it is very important to have a good understanding of Latin Dance Styles; the most popular being played onboard ships are the Bossa Nova, Samba, Cha-Cha, Rumba. Although the music perform onboard is getting more pop oriented, in many occasions you will be asked to perform Ballroom Dancing sets. Depending on which instruments you are playing, knowing the right rhythms, tempos, comping, bass lines for each of those latin styles mentioned above is most important. It might actually be the first things that you would play when joining a ship. Being well prepare will give a good first impression to the Band Leader.

What follows are the most common Ballroom dancing styles and others that you’ll likely be performing onboard ships: Bossa Nova, Samba, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Swing, Slow Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Paso Doble, Jive, etc  There are plenty of videos examples on YouTube to get started. Just do a search and start shedding.

Patrice Duchemin, Account Manager

Millions met my Day-Glo orange hat

March 28th, 2011

I cannot begin to calculate the number of people I met on cruise ships; hundreds of thousands if not millions. I am still in contact with some of the friends I made from those days, most of them are crew, many of them musicians, but I also keep in touch with a few passengers. “Guests” as they a now often referred to, were still termed “passengers” in my day, and affectionately nick-named “cones” by many of the crew onboard; after the traffic cones in the road which are impossible to get around.

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WOW! The Queen Mary 2 Orchestra in action!

March 23rd, 2011

You have to listen to this!

The Proship Orchestra playing Dizzy Gillespie’s Manteca live onboard the Queen Mary on 2 January 28, 2011.


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