Life in the Circus Band

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ttf_Jhereg
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Post by ttf_Jhereg » Sun May 24, 2015 7:34 pm

Hi everyone Image

Someone recently mentioned that they enjoyed reading my circus blog back when I posted it here. So I decided to repost it for those who missed out the first time. I intend to update this thread once per week, assuming that's allowed.

Here is the very first post: http://taz-39.livejournal.com/749.html
...and here is the most recent, in which we play the Giant Center in Hershey, PA: http://taz-39.livejournal.com/57663.html

I'm a trombonist with Feld Entertainment on the Ringling Bros. Red Unit currently performing the 145th edition of the circus, called "Circus Xtreme". During the course of the tour we visit something like 40 cities and perform around 800 shows. Each show is about 2 hours long, and there are as many as 3 shows per day (that's 6 hours of playing time) and up to thirteen shows per week. Windjammers, indeed!

We live on a 1950s passenger train owned by the circus but pulled across the US on rented freight engines operated by Norfolk Southern, CSX, Union Pacific, etc. This means we get to see the many faces of America...the farmland, the industrial railyards, the pristine wilderness, the small town backyards, the sketchy urban underpasses.

It's an interesting lifestyle. I hope you'll enjoy my little backstage peek Image
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Post by ttf_BGuttman » Sun May 24, 2015 7:41 pm

Megan, you will have to post a new reply each week.  You can only edit a post for 48 hours.

Have a nice show tomorrow in Hershey and good luck traveling to Omaha.
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Post by ttf_Jhereg » Mon May 25, 2015 7:33 pm

Ah yes, that is what I meant!

Thank you Image
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Post by ttf_Jhereg » Sun May 31, 2015 7:50 pm

One of my top 10 cities, Omaha NE. Wish we had more days here! This week the band is playing musical...rooms. Haha.

http://taz-39.livejournal.com/58097.html
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Post by ttf_Andrew Meronek » Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:51 am

Quote from: BGuttman on May 24, 2015, 07:41PMYou can only edit a post for 48 hours.

Interesting. I've never tried to push that limit - surprised it's that long.
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Post by ttf_Jhereg » Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:19 am

Colorado Springs is beautiful. We will miss you, Tom.

http://taz-39.livejournal.com/58583.html
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Post by ttf_Andrew Meronek » Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:16 pm

Quote from: Jhereg on Jun 08, 2015, 01:19AMColorado Springs is beautiful. We will miss you, Tom.

http://taz-39.livejournal.com/58583.html

Indeed. I drove through there a couple of years ago. I arrived the day a huge forest fire had just been extinguished - the air still smelled.
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Post by ttf_Jhereg » Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:23 pm

So many amazing things happened to Jameson and I...I hope we haven't used up all our luck this week! This post is mostly about our solo adventures. http://taz-39.livejournal.com/58754.html
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Post by ttf_Jhereg » Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:56 pm

National landmarks and intense heat!
http://taz-39.livejournal.com/59119.html
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Post by ttf_Jhereg » Sun Jul 19, 2015 10:50 pm

I've skipped a few posts and this may be my last one here because

a) it seemed like a good idea at the time, but now it just seems silly to create a massive index of links, and
b) this site loads more and more slowly with each passing day, to the point of being unuseable unless I let it load for 5-10 minutes.

We are in Ontario, CA and we still have two days of shows left.
http://taz-39.livejournal.com/60417.html
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Post by ttf_Andrew Meronek » Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:07 am

Quote from: Jhereg on Jul 19, 2015, 10:50PMI've skipped a few posts and this may be my last one here because

a) it seemed like a good idea at the time, but now it just seems silly to create a massive index of links, and
b) this site loads more and more slowly with each passing day, to the point of being unuseable unless I let it load for 5-10 minutes.

We are in Ontario, CA and we still have two days of shows left.
http://taz-39.livejournal.com/60417.html

Ah, yes. Website design. Making it a searchable tree structure of links will fix this problem. If you know how, I guess.
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Post by ttf_Andrew Meronek » Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:07 am

Quote from: Jhereg on Jul 19, 2015, 10:50PMI've skipped a few posts and this may be my last one here because

a) it seemed like a good idea at the time, but now it just seems silly to create a massive index of links, and
b) this site loads more and more slowly with each passing day, to the point of being unuseable unless I let it load for 5-10 minutes.

We are in Ontario, CA and we still have two days of shows left.
http://taz-39.livejournal.com/60417.html

Ah, yes. Website design. Making it a searchable tree structure of links will fix this problem. If you know how, I guess.
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