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Showband Musicians

SHOWBAND MUSICIANS

The cruise ship Showband musician is, simply put, a badass. That’s because you’d be hard-pressed to find another performance-based job, on land or at sea, that demands such a diverse skill set. Showband musicians must have the ability to sight-read and improvise well, and equally important, the versatility to perform many different styles (rock, pop, jazz, funk, Latin) and to assimilate a large amount of music in a short amount of time. It is, essentially, the ocean’s equivalent of the studio musician. Showbands 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.

GUITAR

Guitarists must have excellent reading skills, strong soloing skills over both rock and jazz, and the versatility to comp over both styles, as well as funk, blues, Latin, and others. If you like shredding solos a la Van Halen but also building chord solos a la Wes Montgomery, sign on up!

BASS

Bassists must have excellent reading skills and the versatility to perform many styles, including rock, pop, jazz, funk, Latin, and others. Upright skills are a plus. If you like playing along to Tower of Power records and then listening to some Christian McBride, this gig’s probably for you.

KEYBOARD

Keyboardists must have excellent reading skills, the ability to improvise in a jazz and blues setting, and the versatility to comp over many styles, including rock, pop, jazz, funk, and Latin. If you can’t decide whether your dream job is to music direct on Broadway or replace Cory Henry in Snarky Puppy, visit our apply page immediately.

SAX

Saxophonists must have excellent reading skills, a keen awareness of dynamics, phrasing and intonation, and strong jazz improv skills. Most positions also require the ability to double well on flute and clarinet. If you want to work in the West End but you’re worried you’ll miss soloing over Trane changes, apply this minute.

VOCALIST

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.

DRUMS

Drummers must have excellent reading skills, as well as the versatility and awareness to lead the band through songs in every genre under the sun, including rock, pop, jazz, funk, Latin, and more. If you think of yourself as the lovechild of Steve Jordan, Buddy Rich and Jeff Porcaro, this should be your gig.

TRUMPET

Trumpets must have excellent reading skills and a keen awareness of dynamics, phrasing and intonation. You also must either have a screaming high lead register, or excellent jazz improv skills, although no complaints if you can do both. If you love emulating Maynard and/or Clifford Brown, then we’d love to have you on the team.

TROMBONE

Trombonists must have excellent reading skills, a keen awareness of dynamics, phrasing and intonation, and strong jazz improv skills. If your dream job is a combination of Broadway, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, and a jazz combo gig on the side, sign on up!

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.

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