The orchestra musician is the chameleon of the music industry - a gig most closely resembling that of a studio musician. ( Read More )
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As cruise ship musicians, orchestra musician is the chameleon of the music industry -- a gig most closely resembling that of a studio musician. It requires the ability to sight-read and improvise well, but most importantly, the versatility to perform many different styles (rock, pop, jazz, funk, Latin, etc) and to assimilate a large amount of music in a short amount of time. Orchestras are generally used to play Vegas-style production shows, accompany headlining entertainers, and to perform rock and jazz sets for guests; the wide variety of music as well as the opportunity to play with many other talented musicians makes this job both challenging and highly rewarding. Positions are currently available for guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, saxophone, trumpet and trombone.
As cruise ship musicians, orchestra guitarists must possess good sight-reading skills regarding single-note lines and excellent sight-reading skills regarding chord charts. They must be able to improvise in all styles (jazz, rock, blues, funk, etc), know how to interpret a chord chart based on the style of the song, and must have a setup (a single pedalboard or multiple pedals) from which they can produce a full range of sounds and effects (distortion, reverb, chorus, flange, wah, etc).
As cruise ship musicians, orchestra keyboardists must be excellent sight-readers and must be comfortable accompanying vocalists using either written-note or chord-based charts. They must be able to improvise in all styles (jazz, rock, blues, funk, etc), know how to interpret a chord chart based on the style of the song, and must be comfortable using various patches (organs, electric pianos, synths) depending on the particular song or style of music being played.
As cruise ship musicians, orchestra bassists must be excellent sight-readers. They must be comfortable playing in a wide range of styles (jazz, rock, blues, funk, Latin, etc) and must be able to interpret chord charts in any of those respective styles. Bassists should also have the ability to solo, especially in a jazz setting. The ability to play upright bass and five-string bass guitar is a plus.
As cruise ship musicians, orchestra drummers must be excellent sight-readers. They must be comfortable in a wide range of styles (jazz, rock, blues, funk, Latin [both Brazilian and Cuban]) and must be able to interpret slash charts in any of those respective styles; being comfortable playing those charts along to a metronome or click track is also extremely important. Further, drummers must have an excellent grasp of dynamics, tempo and song structure, and must assume a leadership role within the band, largely controlling those elements and conveying them to the other band members through their playing. Drummers should also have the ability to improvise in various styles, to trade solos in a jazz setting, and to play fills in all styles.
As cruise ship musicians, orchestra saxophonists usually specialize in alto, tenor or baritone sax; alto players will often need to double on tenor and vice versa, and all must double on clarinet and flute, although this is less important for baritone players. Saxophonists must be excellent sight-readers with the ability to improvise in all styles (jazz, rock, blues, funk, etc), and they must be comfortable performing in a group setting, matching intonation, articulations and dynamics of the other horn players in the ensemble.
As cruise ship musicians, orchestra trumpet players must be excellent sight-readers with the ability to improvise in all styles (most importantly jazz), and must possess an excellent range with emphasis on the upper register of the instrument. They must be comfortable performing in a group setting either as the lead -- setting intonation, articulations and dynamics for the other horn players in the ensemble to follow -- or matching those elements as played by another trumpet player.
As cruise ship musicians, orchestra trombone players must be excellent sight-readers with the ability to improvise in all styles (most importantly jazz), and must possess an excellent range with emphasis on the upper register of the instrument. They must be comfortable performing in a group setting, matching intonation, articulations and dynamics of the other horn players in the ensemble.
There is an ever-growing need for vocalists who have musical theater and/or rock experience. Vocalists are lead singers fronting bands that perform a wide variety of music, from rock to soul to jazz, and should therefore have a large repertoire of popular songs and a wide knowledge of musical styles. They should have the ability to assimilate a large amount of music in a short amount of time and at least some experience reading music, which is important for learning new songs quickly. Any experience emceeing is also considered valuable, as audience interaction is an integral part of the job. Cruise ship vocalists will have the opportunity to perform for large crowds in a high-energy environment, as the featured entertainer whom no audience member will forget.
As cruise ship musicians, soloists are individual entertainers who perform either vocal or instrumental music, or a combination of the two. ( Read More )
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This broad category includes any musical act on board consisting of two or more people. ( Read More )
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As cruise ship musicians, soloists are individual entertainers who perform either vocal or instrumental music, or a combination of the two. Some soloists perform in the same lounge each night, while others play in various venues around the ship. Soloists must have a large repertoire of songs, and, as the job title suggests, must be comfortable and confident in entertaining a crowd without the help of a backing band.
As cruise ship musicians, piano bar entertainers play an essential role in shipboard night life, performing rock and roll and sing-along tunes for enthusiastic audiences. Such entertainers must possess a wide repertoire of rock and pop and should be flexible enough to learn requested songs outside of one's own repertoire; the ability to talk to a crowd and generate a good rapport is considered equally important. Piano bar entertainers should be prepared to run their show based on their audience, and will be handsomely rewarded in tips, praise and the pleasure of generating a shipboard following who will pack that lounge week in and week out.
As cruise ship musicians, soloists must be strong guitarists with excellent voices, who possess a wide repertoire of rock, pop, blues and country songs. There should be an emphasis on either an acoustic repertoire or electric guitar sets with backing tracks; a combination of both styles is acceptable, as well. Soloists will have the pleasure of entertaining an audience ranging from music lovers to party-goers, developing a rapport with the crowd and a following of devoted listeners who stay until the final song of each night.
As cruise ship musicians, cocktail pianists are strong instrumentalists who are versatile enough to play both classical music and instrumental versions of Broadway and popular songs. They should possess a large repertoire that reflects this versatility. Cocktail pianists provide background music for teas, brunches and other events, as well as become the featured entertainer of a particular lounge at night, performing for classical music buffs, those looking to relax in a peaceful atmosphere, or those who simply appreciate the talents of an excellent musician.
This broad category includes any musical act on board consisting of two or more people. Such groups usually specialize in a certain genre of music, but repertoire and stylistic versatility is always encouraged. Lounge groups perform in various venues around the ship; some promote dancing, others lean more towards easy listening, but all provide excellent musical entertainment for guests.
Cruise ship jazz trios are generally comprised of a bassist, a drummer and either a pianist, guitarist or horn player, while quartets usually add a second melody instrument. However, there is some flexibility regarding the instrumentation of jazz ensembles. Any such groups should be well-versed in different sub-styles of jazz, including straight-ahead, bebop, bossa nova and blues. Jazz ensembles will have the pleasure of building their own repertoires and calling their own set lists, with the opportunity to perform in various lounges for both jazz aficionados and for those guests simply looking for a cool, mellow atmosphere.
Cruise ship caribbean duos are comprised of two instrumentalists (piano/bass, piano/guitar, guitar/bass, etc), both of whom sing. Duos commonly supplement their playing with backing tracks. Such groups should have a repertoire centered around reggae, but should also include Calypso and other island-style music as well as some dance and pop songs. Caribbean Duos may perform in different lounges around the ship but are primarily used to entertain crowds on the open deck, providing a feel-good environment for relaxing, sunbathing guests and creating exactly the kind of atmosphere guests have in mind when they come to cruise.
Cruise ship party bands are generally quartets comprised of a full rhythm section (drums, bass, guitar, piano) with at least one singer, although larger-sized bands and different combinations of instruments are acceptable. Vocals are encouraged from as many group members as possible. Such bands must have large repertoires heavily centered around rock and roll and Top 40's pop; Motown, country and blues should also be well-represented. Party bands play in various arenas on the ship to music lovers and party-goers alike, and have the freedom of choosing setlists that will best excite and entertain the crowd, maintaining a high-energy environment until the very last song of the night.
Cruise ship latin groups range in size from trios to sextets; trios are comprised of two rhythm section instruments and a vocalist (vox/piano/bass, vox/bass/percussion, vox/2 percussion, etc), while larger groups often have a full rhythm section and/or horns. Vocals from multiple band members is encouraged, and smaller groups usually supplement their sound with backing tracks. Combos' repertoires should consist of salsa, merengue, bachata and bolero, all of which promote dancing and audience interaction. Latin combos will have the pleasure of starting a party on the dance floor whenever they perform, creating such an exciting environment as to generate a devoted following of fans returning to enjoy the music each and every night.
Cruise ship classical ensembles are generally comprised of 3- to 4-piece groups of string and woodwind instruments (2 violins/viola/cello, cello/piano/flute, etc). They should have a heavily classical repertoire, although arrangements of Broadway songs, movie themes and other popular music are also encouraged. Classical ensembles provide background music for teas, brunches and other events, and also perform as featured entertainers of a particular lounge, playing for classical music buffs, those looking to relax in a peaceful atmosphere, or those who simply appreciate the talents of excellent musicians.
Cruise ship Lounge Duos generally consist of a lead vocalist and an instrumentalist (usually a pianist) who sings back-up vocals. Duos commonly use backing tracks to supplement their music. Such groups should have repertoires that include oldies, Motown, disco and other popular music, as well as a considerable number of slower songs and ballads. Lounge Duos perform in various arenas around the ship, encouraging couples to dance and allowing guests the nostalgic pleasure of listening to their favorite songs from past decades.
Allow Lime Entertainment the privilege of realizing your potential as a cruise ship entertainer to connect you to a world that will excite and stimulate you, both on and off the stage. We look forward to working with you, to providing you with the performing opportunities you deserve, and to treating you with the respect and professionalism you equally deserve.