Jeff Fab - The Early Years
Searching For A Goal
As a young boy I began with a child's fascination of the guitar. I thought that it looked so cool to play the guitar. So, at age 7 I began my journey studying music at the Canadian Conservatory of Music. I studied in Windsor, Ontario under the direction of master guitarist and musician Peter Palazzolo. I worked very hard and studied all aspects of music including music reading, theory, harmony and improvisation. At age 15 I began spreading my wings and started playing in rock and roll bands to gain some live experience.
As a teenager, I couldn't play the guitar enough. I would perform at every chance I had. At age 16 I got the chance to tour in Europe with Canada's Premier Show Band "Music Express". It was an incredible experience and a huge step in my musical development. I got the chance to play with a huge 30 piece, 20 singer ensemble. I quickly began soaking in as much information and experience as I could. I talked to every musician about their parts and rolls in the group and I was amazed with how it all got put together to have all of us playing as one to make a great sound. After that tour, I was in overdrive. I knew what I wanted to do. I was going to be a band master, and arranger.
To achieve my goal of becoming a professional musician I knew I had to do a lot of work. I started volunteering my services with every local theatre company in the orchestra. I wanted more and more experience and knowledge of working in different ensembles and groups. At the same time I continued my playing in local bands and playing the bar scene
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Learning The Ropes
At age 22, I finally felt like I had the experience to move up and onward with my goal. I attended an audition in Toronto for a job aboard a cruise ship and got the part that week! My life was never the same again. I worked every single day playing the guitar with entertainers from all over the world. The next year I auditioned for a highly sought after position aboard the Queen Mary 2 Ocean Liner. At the time, it was the largest ship in the world. I went on a 6 month world tour playing with acts from every corner of the globe
Working On the Seas
-Advise clients on appropriate live music for their events
-Locate, hire and rehearse appropriate ensembles for events
-Able to conduct and lead ensembles of all sizes
-Able to write, arrange and orchestrate music for varying instrumentations
-Proficient guitar music reading abilities
-Able to blend in ensembles
-Experienced in all styles and genres