4- and 5-piece Lounge Bands Needed

March 24, 2016

Dear Musicians,

We are looking to add more 4- and 5-piece lounge bands to our line-up. These bands should be versatile with repertoire, meaning they’d have to be able to perform ballroom/cocktail music as well as modern pop repertoire from the 50s to current selections.

These bands must include at least one vocalist and ideally some of the instrumentalists could also carry lead and do backing vocals.

Instructions on how to apply can be found here.


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Intensive Drum Lessons

March 7, 2016

Attention drummers! If you’re thinking about auditioning for a gig on a cruise ship or if you have failed an audition and want to speed up your progress, sign up for our drum lessons now.
Up to date, I have personally auditioned over 500 drummers and I’ve noticed that the same issues keep coming up. So I have compiled that information into a keynote presentation which I’ve been giving at colleges and music schools, but I’m also now offering drum lessons based on the same information I’ve gathered over the years. The goal is to get drummers ready for a professional job a bit quicker than they could manage by themselves.


I have come up with a 3-lesson course during which I’ll go over drumming fundamentals, chart reading, chart interpretation and stylistics. You’ll be given play-alongs, as well as handouts with exercises. We’ll also do a follow-up session to track your progress and make a practice schedule.

We will use skype to do video calls.

I myself have been a professional big band drummer for over 25 years and I worked on cruise ships as drummer and musical director. Combined with the experience I’ve gathered listening to over 500 drummers audition, I’m in the perfect position to come up with an effective and efficient practice plan.

Ready? Click on the “Buy Now” button below. Once I’ve received your order confirmation, I’ll be in touch to set up the dates. Let’s shed!

You’ll get 3 1-hour skype sessions for €99.

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Want to be active on a ship? Check this out!

February 17, 2016

There’s never a dull moment on a ship. See for yourself. Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class Ships.

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Where are all the great cover bands?

January 8, 2016


We are always in need of great-sounding, great-looking cover bands for work on cruise ships. Typically, these bands are 4 or 5-piece bands that perform modern covers and have great stage presence. If you are part of an energetic, fun cover band and want to travel the world, play music and get paid for it, contact us now.

To apply, send video of 10-12 samples with full repertoire list, bios and photos to this email address: info@oceanbound.com


Solo Piano Entertainers Sought

We are currently looking for non-singing piano entertainers that have a varied repertoire and have most of their repertoire memorized. Candidates should have a clean, youthful appearance.


To apply, you’d have to submit video of 10-12 samples with full repertoire list, bio and photos. Contact us via email at info@oceanbound.com


Calling all Pianists and Trumpet Players

November 6, 2015

There are still a number of openings for orchestra pianists and orchestra trumpet players to be had in December 2015. For these positions, you have to possess strong sight-reading skills, be able to improvise and be comfortable performing in many different styles.

Call us to set up your audition now.


Urgently looking for Trumpet and Sax Players

April 27, 2015

We need lead trumpet players as well as sax players who can double on flute and clarinet for gigs in the orchestras on cruise ships. If you sight-read, improvise and are ready to travel, contact us via email to set up your audition.


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Does ‘Whiplash’ get jazz right?

October 25, 2014

Have you heard of the new movie, “Whiplash”? It’s currently out in limited release, and it follows the journey of a young jazz drummer as he attends conservatory in New York.

Check out the trailer here, just in case this movie isn’t currently playing in a theatre near you.

The film is getting rave reviews. You can read this write-up from Entertainment Weekly here, and check out what The New Yorker has to say.

But those are all reviews from film critics. We want to hear what you, the musicians, think. Do you agree with this portrayal of a young musician’s struggle? Do you agree with this portrayal of jazz and jazz education? Do you agree with this view of jazz and music education, as it is being presented to the general public?

Let us know what you think.

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Pretend Music School

September 24, 2014

This latest post by percussionist Ivan Trevino is making quite a splash among musicians. He sets out some strong ideas for change in the way that music schools are educating their students. Asking for change is never easy, but just about everything on Ivan’s list has to do with a musician’s ability to be employed in the real world. (All of these skills are essential for a musician working on a cruise ship, too!)

Check out the article here:

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Orchestra Openings Coming Up

August 21, 2014

Dear musicians,

We have several orchestra spots to fill in the coming months. We’re looking for drummers, guitarists, sax players, trumpet players, trombone players as well as bass and piano.

If you are a strong sight-reader and improvise well, give us a call and we’ll set up your audition.

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or: 1-514-967-0964