reasons you got fired

Muckster

Platinum Member
Well, it happened to me yesterday!!! LET GO! I was playing for a church praise band since September of '08. Roughtly 7 months. No pay. Strickly volunteer. I wanted to give something back. I had been practicing for about 2 years by myself after a 20 year layoff. I even auditioned and was accepted as the drummer. I played my old accustic kit with new heads, hardware, and cymbals.

Four months into this gig, the talented, kind-heartted, expert music minister, teacher, and leader everyone loved leaves to go to another church. What happens next was totally unexpected. The church elders bring in this flashy, cocky, egotistical guitar player as leader. I say leader because there is no "minister" aspect to this guy. Think David Lee Roth and you get the universe-sized ego and all the garbage that goes with it.

Supposedly this new guy "has recorded in Nashville", so everyone is impressed...except me. I keep quiet since being recorded is no big deal to me. I was recorded all the way through school and in college. No big deal.

This new guy has been with us since January when he "took over the band", so to speak. I hear from our rhythm guitar player immediately about problems with this new dude's choice of chords. In other words, they are odd and extemely difficult. Not the sort to be used in normal praise music. I offer up my sympathies to our nice rhythm guitar player.

I start hearing through the grapevine that 1) I'm playing too loud, 2) not playing loud enough, 3) am playing "just fine", 4) I am doing a great job, and 5) I'm nailing every part perfectly.

Who to believe, since I am told by our new "leader" that I'm doing just fine and "it sounds great, dude. Peace brother"!

Yesterday I get told by our nice rhythm guitar player that I am being replaced by this new "leader's" friend, his drummer from another band. And this decision happened within the last 48 hours.

That is after the church spent some money on an electronic kit, whicn I was told I am playing well on and nailing the parts, AFTER only 1 performance on. Hell, I didn't even get to rehearse on it.

Am I mad I was let go?? I SURE AS HELL AM!!!!!

The head pastor and music minister didn't even have the balls to tell me themselves!!! What a bunch of chicken shits!!??!

Well....thanks for letting me unload.

That's a shame. Those praise bands can be rough. One of the worst political nightmares you can get into is anything related to volunteer church group (my opinion). Don't let it keep you down bro.
 
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jamndrummer

Guest
Originally Posted by rogue_drummer
Well, it happened to me yesterday!!! LET GO! I was playing for a church praise band since September of '08. Roughtly 7 months. No pay. Strickly volunteer. I wanted to give something back. I had been practicing for about 2 years by myself after a 20 year layoff. I even auditioned and was accepted as the drummer. I played my old accustic kit with new heads, hardware, and cymbals.

Four months into this gig, the talented, kind-heartted, expert music minister, teacher, and leader everyone loved leaves to go to another church. What happens next was totally unexpected. The church elders bring in this flashy, cocky, egotistical guitar player as leader. I say leader because there is no "minister" aspect to this guy. Think David Lee Roth and you get the universe-sized ego and all the garbage that goes with it.

Supposedly this new guy "has recorded in Nashville", so everyone is impressed...except me. I keep quiet since being recorded is no big deal to me. I was recorded all the way through school and in college. No big deal.

This new guy has been with us since January when he "took over the band", so to speak. I hear from our rhythm guitar player immediately about problems with this new dude's choice of chords. In other words, they are odd and extemely difficult. Not the sort to be used in normal praise music. I offer up my sympathies to our nice rhythm guitar player.

I start hearing through the grapevine that 1) I'm playing too loud, 2) not playing loud enough, 3) am playing "just fine", 4) I am doing a great job, and 5) I'm nailing every part perfectly.

Who to believe, since I am told by our new "leader" that I'm doing just fine and "it sounds great, dude. Peace brother"!

Yesterday I get told by our nice rhythm guitar player that I am being replaced by this new "leader's" friend, his drummer from another band. And this decision happened within the last 48 hours.

That is after the church spent some money on an electronic kit, whicn I was told I am playing well on and nailing the parts, AFTER only 1 performance on. Hell, I didn't even get to rehearse on it.

Am I mad I was let go?? I SURE AS HELL AM!!!!!

The head pastor and music minister didn't even have the balls to tell me themselves!!! What a bunch of chicken shits!!??!

Well....thanks for letting me unload

Sometimes its not how we play our instruments that keep us in a spot of high accountability. We have to watch our lifestyle in church and out of church. Not saying this is in your case but God allows things to happen to help us grow either by staying or leaving.
 

jjmason777

Senior Member
It always hurts when it happens, even if it was no longer a good situation, you still don't want to be told that you are not wanted, or are being replaced.
Look at it this way, you are now free to find a better project. Don't let this stop you from playing, rogue_drummer.
 

rogue_drummer

Gold Member
Thank you! You all helped a lot. I just rediscovered my drumming passion and was trying to get my chops back by playing in a church band. Now this mess happens and reminds me of why I got out of music years ago. But everyone is right, I can't let it get me down. I am free to pursue other genres, etc.

It's now one of these situations where I need to go and collect my Djembe, my stick bag, and my gig bag full of odds and ends. They bought a used electronic kit a few weeks ago, so all of my drums and cymbals are at my place - safe and sound.

My mood now is that I don't even want to see those responsible for this decision. I'll have my friend who plays rhythm guitar get my stuff and pick it up at his house.

This is just one more bad experience I wish I didn't have....

Thanks guys!
 
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Big_Philly

Guest
I have been in a poprock band for a little while now, and they are really ambitious. They want to perform every week as soon as we get a decent set of songs together (which will probably be in about 3 months), and aspire to become a professional, touring band. The problem is that I can't spend the amount of time required on that band. Rehearsals go well, the music is great and the bandmates are all great people, but even if I wanted to I just don't have the time to perform every week. I have several other things higher on my priority list than that band. The lead singer came over to my house today and we discussed this, and I agreed to quit the band.

It's quite a shame, we make great music (If I weren't in that band I'd still go watch their shows and buy their albums), and according the the singer I am a good drummer, a nice guy and the one who makes him laugh most (he has low standards I guess).

But at least there aren't any hard feelings. It's just that I should not be in such an ambitious band. What I need is a band that does what it does just for fun, i.e. no professional ambitions.
 

Vipercussionist

Silver Member
We were hanging out backstage and I went through the food line to get some food. The people at the food line told me I needed to get a ticket from the manager. I went to the trailer and Dicky Malone (what a name huh?) was sitting there stuffing his fat face with some of his buddies. I asked him for a food ticket and he told me that he had given them to his friends. I told him that I should get one as they were meant for the band he told me "that's not part of the deal" I cussed his fat ass out and got fired. Definitely worth it!
Oh boy, that would have enraged me!! Kudo's to you for not beating the shite out of him!! I doubt I would have needed to be fired. I'd have walked at that point.
 
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