Nick Marchione likes to tell the story of the shoe salesman who seemed determined to sell him anything but the black shoes he’s required to wear for his job as a Broadway pit musician. The man insisted on offering some very nice brown shoes. And as it was summer, perhaps Marchione would prefer sandals?
The young trumpeter explained that as a musician in a show orchestra he has to dress head to toe in black so his presence in the pit will be as invisible as possible to the audience. The man was more interested in grilling him about work than finding him any shoes. So, he asked, “That means you do the same show, the same music, the same way over and over, night after night, year after year?”