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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000889.txt from 2000/04

From: "Randy S. Miller" <>
Subj: [kl] re: Doubling/union rules
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2000 12:08:04 -0400

!Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2000 09:19:03 -0700 (PDT)
!From: Claudia Zornow <>
!Subject: Doubling/union rules
!Message-Id: <>
!Ian Black wrote:
!> Doesn't the US Musicians' Union have any rules about =
!> maximum instruments? I think "trebling" (3 instruments) =
!> is the maximum we're supposed to be doing in the UK.
!Someone who is in a US union and has the book showing
!what scale is can correct me, but I'm not aware of a =
!limit, at least not in California. (Jim L., am I right?)
!Musicians get additional pay for each additional instrument.
!I suspect that some show books have instruments added for =
!short unimportant parts just so the musicians can make more
!(a favor by the arranger?).
!In community theater the situation is different. Pay, if
!there is any, is typically flat-rate, and musicians will
!substitute instruments if necessary (e.g. play English
!horn parts on clarinet). Some books even provide "double-
!line" parts so a passage can be played on either of two
!I just finished a run of "Barnum" playing reed V, which
!consisted of clarinet, bass clarinet, and baritone sax.
!It's been a long time since I played reed V in a show, and
!I had forgotten what a pain it is to schlep those large
!instruments and set them up. Next time I'm going to hold
!out for reed I or II. =
!My Legere clarinet reed was ideal for the show. Its tone =
!was perfectly acceptable, and I never had to worry about it
!drying out even though there was only a little bit of
!clarinet in the book.

>From what I remember of the bad ole AFofM, scale is set by each local. If
you play in a local other than the one you belong to, you get paid by the
host local's scale. You also pay the work dues of that local.

I got out of the AF of M mostly because I was seeing very little money and
what I did see ended up going into work dues.


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