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    Posted: July/18/2010 at 10:53am
I am a former Nashville, singer/songwriter ("Larry Michael Miller") and am wondering if there are any other musicians, songwriters, etc. in Masonry?
 
My main instrument is guitar, but I also play the bass guitar, piano, and drums (but only a little!).
 
I am in the Dallas, TX area, looking for other Masons to JAM with! Wouldn't a Masonic band be great fun?
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I was sort of a semi-pro musician back in the mid 90's, playing lead guitar with a "house band" called Rocky & The Runarounds, based out of Topeka, KS.
 
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Anyway, I was a "Coastie" by day, and a lead guitarist by night (mainly Friday & Saturday nights).  We had a great time and wrote a few original tunes, but as a "house band" we mainly played whatever the crowd wanted to hear.  I have a bunch of cassette tapes and CD's of our performances.  It was great fun and I miss it.
 
Rocky - Band leader, lead singer, lead & rhythm guitar, sound engineer, etc...
Lisa (Rocky's wife) - harmony vocals, tambourine, maracas, and other small percussion.
Butch - Lead & rhythm guitar, mandolin, and occasional lower harmony vocals.
Dennis - Bass guitar.
Randy - Drums & percussion.
 
In addition to guitar and mandolin, I am a multi-instrumentalist too (Rock: guitar, bass, keyboards, drums).  But most other instruments weren't really needed, as we were mainly a rock band.
 
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Trumpet
French horn
Euphonium (Baritone)
Trombone
Tuba
 
Woodwinds
Flute
Sax
Clarinet (so-so, but I can play it)
 
Strings
Violin & Viola
Cello
Bass
 
 
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I'm in a small experimental jazz band here in MS ...I play upright bass, guitar, piano, organ, or tabla, depending on the piece. We do mostly home recordings as there are very few places to play live jazz in this area but we're hoping to do some travelling soon.
 
As I understand it, music & Masonry have a long history together, going all the way back to Mozart & on up to Ellington & Basie. There are even a handfull of hardcore punk bands coming up in the Boston area that are Brothers. 
 
 
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I play guitar, lap steel and sing/write songs. Not in a band at the moment but I get out and play when I can.
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I play in a county community band.  I have played frenchhorn since 6th grade in 1964.  I still have the same horn.  I have learned some fiddle playing, and join in at local dances and church.  I will now get my old tuba out for tuba Christmas concert which is held every year at the lodge auditorium in Coldwater.
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I am only playing guitar in church right now. I have played in a few different bands. I would love to move into music ministry full time but have not had that chance yet.
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I played drums professionally in the 70's in a band named Blu Skyy, and semi-pro in the 80's in Stone Edge. Then I played for fun until 2002 when surgery for drumming induced injuries ended my drumming days forever. With my hands bound, gloved and braced, I now play bass. (hey, that almost rhymes :)
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I've played the drums for over 35 years. When I was younger played in a few 'bands' ( I use that term loosely), but now I mostly just drive my wife crazy. 

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I play guitar at church with all the people, except the original guitarist, of a christian group called Acrete from the early 90's. They toured Dallas and the area with switchfoot and a few other bands, doing clubs and what not. We all get to be the house bands for a couple of youth camps in the area every year and when ever a church is having a "tent revival" as we are the only church in the area with equipment where we can travel with.
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I'm a hopeful musician, actually. I graduated last year from the Hartt School of Music with a GPD in Music Composition after earning my bachelor's there two years before, also in music composition. It's my ultimate goal to get into soundtrack writing for movies and video games. For now, I'm a photo lab supervisor.

I like to write in all sorts of styles after extensively studying music history and styles from antiquity in ancient Greece, along with traditional folk music around the world, all the way up to today including "mainstream" styles now like Rock, punk, etc. I like to combine eras  and instruments; one of my favorite projects was using an electric guitar with an orchestra and cathedral organ.

I currently have one soundtrack project for an online mini series. Who knows? Maybe it'll be the start of something big. It's a passion, and I won't ever give it up. (My username has the link to my website, I don't know if posting a link is allowed here).


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I might have considered my self a former musician about a year ago, but since last Winter I have been back at it with a couple old friends. I play guitar and sing mostly in one project, and drum in another. I have yet to get those projects professionally recorded, but my former bands (mostly punk and hardcore) can be found at http://BlakeOates.bandcamp.com (some explicit content there, nothing to crazy though.

I'm hoping with my current projects to break away from the punk and hardcore genre, more acoustic and pop-rock type stuff. We'll see if I get back out on the road, but I doubt the wife would be too thrilled.
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I am currently playing with the the Town and Country Symphony, and I would hesitate to call myself a professional, but I am a player.
 
 
I have often thought a Masonic band or singing quartet would be really great.
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