Frequently Asked Questions Concerts • Special Events • Weddings
Q. WHAT KIND OF SAXOPHONE IS GARY PLAYING? A. It's a soprano saxophone, and this is the most popular question at every appearance. Gary's soprano saxophone provides a richly expressive, elegant, broadcast-quality sound. Other instruments may also be requested.
Q. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SET UP THE SOUND SYSTEM? A. About 15 minutes, but Gary arrives at least an hour before the start time to make sure things are relaxed and smooth. Earlier setups can also be arranged.
Q. WHAT IF WE ALREADY HAVE A PROFESSIONAL SOUND COMPANY FOR OUR EVENT? CAN GARY PLAY THROUGH THAT SYSTEM? A. Yes with an XLR cable Gary can send your sound company the entire mix with his own digital effects. It will sound fantastic and the soundman will be happy it's all so simple.
Q. HOW MUCH ROOM DOES GARY NEED? A. With Gary's single speaker sound system, he can fit just about anywhere. Past performances have included yachts, courtyards, and balconies.
Q. WHERE DOES GARY GET THE BACKGROUND MUSIC? A. Gary creates all of his own background music in his home studio with a computer, a controller keyboard, and sound modules. Even the drums and cymbals are played in on the keyboard. The audio files are exported and played in performances from an iPod.
Q. IF I WANT A CUSTOM SONG, CAN GARY ADD IT? A. Sometimes. Custom songs have to be created. It's a time-intensive task that usually incurs an additional charge. Contact Gary to discuss the particulars of your request.
Q. HOW LONG DOES GARY USUALLY PLAY? A. Most concerts are up to an hour and most events are up to 3 hours. Gary usually takes a 10-minute break every hour and he'll play recorded music during the breaks to keep the atmosphere going.
Q. DOES HE MIND IF PEOPLE TALK WHILE HE'S PLAYING? A. No, not for special events. Gary's music is often played in the background at special events to create a social atmosphere, and it is appropriate for people to mingle and talk. For concerts, however, it's best not to talk during the show.
Q. HOW FAR WILL GARY TRAVEL? A. Using his own sound system, Los Angeles, Orange County, and Riverside County are the usual destinations. Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, and San Diego are also within reach (as are Northern California, Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas. If a professional sound system is provided by the event, Gary can carry the entire act on a plane and travel around the world.
Q. WOULD GARY COMBINE HIS SMOOTH JAZZ SAXOPHONE PERFORMANCE WITH IRISH PENNY WHISTLE AND/OR KLEZMER MUSIC? A. Yes. When Gary changes from one style to the next it delights the audiences at both special events and concerts.
Q. IF I WANTED MORE MUSICIANS COULD GARY ADD THEM? A. Certainly. In addition to performing as a single, Gary Gould leads bands of all sizes, from a duo to a 16-piece big band orchestra. Contact Gary for more information on how to make your vision come true.
Q: HOW DO I DECIDE WHAT SIZE BAND TO REQUEST? A: It's usually determined by how much room you have and how much budget you're working with. A larger group is a lot of fun to watch, but what makes Gary Gould most sought after is his economical alternative... the Saxophone Single PLUS!
Q: WOULD GARY SHARE THE STAGE WITH OTHER MUSICIANS AS PART OF A LARGER SHOW? A: Yes. For concerts, combining different performers (especially single acts) on the same bill can be a very effective way to create a Variety Show. For weddings, Gary frequently assists family members and musicians who are offering additional music for the event.
Q: IS IT ACCEPTABLE TO PLAY JEWISH MUSIC IN A CHURCH, OR IRISH MUSIC IN A SYNAGOGUE? A: By all means. The relationship between Christians and Jews finds a delightful connection through the sharing of musical heritage.
Q: CAN GARY PROVIDE PRINTED PROGRAMS FOR HIS CONCERTS? A: Yes. For concerts, printed programs can be provided ready to hand out. An additional charge may apply.
Q: DOES GARY HAVE A SHOW FOR ELEMENTARY, HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE STUDENTS? A: Yes. Gary is a music educator and clinician covering such topics as practice techniques, jazz improvisation, and controlling performance anxiety. He also presents educational seminars geared toward helping students make their marks in the business. Gary teaches privately, lectures on a number of music-related subjects, and is a music instructor at the Orange County High School of the Arts.