I’ve asked before, but may have missed the answer by Antonio last year.
Concert season in Florida is getting started up again, and some of my old questions are returning. Here’s one particular one:
When musicians play in a pit orchestra for a musical (or in salsa bands or other groups that want a certain uniformity), the general required dress is all black. In a pit orchestra, whether in the pit or on-stage, the idea is to be invisible and not draw attention away from the cast.
I would, however, like to add some style to this. Most guys show up looking sloppy in faded black shirts and perhaps something like tuxedo pants. Last night, I wore my charcoal suit, which has very small pinstripes that I can’t even see on it from more than five feet away, and accented it with a pocket square. Tonight, I plan to wear black trousers with the black shirt, and a light grey sports jacket, which I will take off when I get to the theater. When playing an instrument, I try not to wear a tie if I’m allowed to get away with it, so I don’t feel as restricted while playing, especially if I’m playing a brass instrument.
Are there other ideas I could try to break the monotony? Another thing to point out, is that with musicals, the run can be days on end, and I want to try to steer clear of wearing the same exact thing every day.