David Kronemyer

David Kronemyer

Mr. David Kronemyer started his career in the music business playing 12-string electric guitar in a folk rock band. Lacking sufficient talent to continue as a performer he began to manage bands and promote shows. He formerly was Vice President of Capitol Records and Senior Vice President of Atlantic Records. Segueing to the movie business he became President of Gold Circle Films and then President of Cerberus Films. He currently is producing records and directing independent movies, none of which have much commercial potential.

4 Comments

  1. David Richoux
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 3:45 PM PST

    As a tuba AND Sousaphone player (since 1964, semi-pro since 1977) I disagree with your comment about the tone quality of the instrument. In good hands a Banda sousaphonist combines an almost percussive attack, wide range and volume that an electric bass could not approach (without massive amplification and processing.) They also play for hours at a time – no breaks!

    In my experience, playing mostly traditional jazz – the tuba and Sousaphone sound is desirable – not all bands want the string bass sound and very few use electric bass guitar. There is also a developing trend in “Balkan Brass” and “World Brass” groups that prefer tubas and Sousaphones over electric string bass. Likewise, New Orleans Brass Bands prefer Sousaphones – The Dirty Dozen has used electric bass at times, but they still also have Sousaphones in the lineup.

    BTW, The guitarron is used in Mariachi – not Banda.

  2. David Richoux
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 2:02 PM PST

    A few more thoughts – the Sousaphone is mobile! The concept of playing an electric bass with amplifier just does not work in a marching (or strolling) band. I know of only one exception to this – the MarchForth Band from Oregon. Try to imagine a college marching band with a row of electric basses and amplifiers trying to move around the field – just doesn’t work!

    Getting back to Bandas – the Sousaphone player is often the leader of the band, so he can set his salary any way he wants. The leader gets the gigs and hires the other musicians at the going rate. He, along with the vocalist, is a major focus of the performance in a typical Banda, and the Sousaphone has to drive the rhythm of the song, much like a conductor in an orchestra does.

    Some Bandas tried keyboard bass (along with synth-horns replacing the Baritones and Alto Horns) but they have never done as well as a full, traditional Banda.

    Using a guitarron in Banda would not work – Mariachi bands have no percussion so the volume of the guitarron is acceptable in that situation. The bass drum in a Banda would overpower it!

  3. Patrick Bigsby
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 5:44 AM PST

    You worked in the music industry and can’t tell the difference between banda and mariachi (to say nothing of tejano, norteno, tambora, and the other genres of Mexican origin)? That throws your credibility into question.

    I also find it dubious that during your tenure as a Los Angeles-based record executive you never ran across a suitable tuba sound. Los Angeles is home to top shelf studio players of all instruments – tuba included. As I know some of them personally, I feel comfortable asserting that several passed through your companies’ employ. I’m sure they regret not bringing their guitarrons to the session.

    Finally, your belief that tubas and electric basses are interchangeable on the basis of their overlapping ranges leads me to believe you have a very limited understanding not only of musical genres but of the sort of timbre decisions made by the artists themselves. Hell, a grand piano can easily play the same pitches as a tuba or a bass, why don’t we just wheel one in? In fact, every note a banda will play can be struck on the piano. Sounds like we could really improve these groups’ efficiency. My point is simply that different tools are for different jobs. Bandas don’t use tubas because there aren’t any bassists available, (a Fender P-bass is a hell of a lot cheaper than its tuba equivalent, for the record) they use tubas because that’s the sound they’re looking for. Do you think John Paul Jones could have told the guys “Relax, it can play the same pitches” if he had shown up with a tuba?

    I’m a working tubist, amateur electric bassist, and, like yourself it appears, an Angeleno. I’d be happy to take you around town to see some tubas, basses, guitarrons, bajosextos, tololoches, or whatever else you’re curious about, in action.

  4. Christopher Simmons
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 1:49 PM PST

    Probably doesn’t hurt to mention that musical instrument insurance is a good idea, while the burgalars are on the prowl… members of trade groups like ASCAP can get some decent pricing on covering instruments while out playing live in clubs, on tour, etc. Particularly with expensive music gear. Just sayin’ …. 🙂