I need help finding musician jobs in Miami, Florida, for Joel T. Gillette, a visually-challenged drummer who occasionally serves on our church worship team. In addition to being a prolific drummer, he plays bass, lead and rhythm guitar. He has also received extensive recording studio training using ProTools. Joel has been a musician since the age of 10 and actually started drumming in his first group at 11 years old.
For much of his life He was sighted. until, at 40 years old, he became the victim of a gunshot wound to the head in an botched robbery. I use the word "botched" because Joel was without any cash, despite working three jobs: professional musician, associate pastor, and graveyard shift guard. His fortitude and faith in a loving God has sustained him throughout all the hardships brought on by this incident. His constant prayer is that his perpetrator finds grace in a personal relationship with his Lord and Savior.
I know this is a long story, but I want you to understand Joel's strengths as well as his needs. Joel is very self-sufficient. He was finding his own way on public transportation every Sunday morning from South Beach to Downtown Miami where he served in the laundry room at a well-attended soup kitchen, maintaining men’s clothing and offering prayer and spiritual support to all with whom he came in contact. He was so independent that when he got into the program at the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, his mobility instructors were very impressed with his proficiencies.
Training: In addition to his life experience as a drummer and ordained minister, the training he is getting at the Miami Lighthouse, is from top-notch teachers and musicians. Prior to the music program, he was given College-level courses in computer and braille, and he participated in the formulation of a ground-breaking new braille-music-reading curriculum. Now in the music department, he is receiving wonderful training under the leadership of great musicians such as Nick Mastrovito, Gerardo Ubieda, and prominent Latin recording guitarist Antonio Cobo.
Equipment: Joel has his own electric guitar and amp, an electronic drum kit and an acoustic drum set which is currently stored with our church. He is working on purchasing his own bass guitar.
Location: Joel currently resides in the Little Havana section of Miami. Anything local would be great in the next few months, but over the long haul, he will be relocating to Virginia Beach, Virginia, in mid to late 2017. There, he would hope to find a church where he can be part of the worship team, and also obtain gainful employment.
Any resource information or help that you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
May you be granted all the blessings your Heavenly Father so desires for you to have!
In His Love,
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He Who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations. Psalm 100
Still available for gigs in Miami until September 10th. Relocating to Virginia Beach where he will be available in Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia, for fulltime worship team and/or gigs sometime after September 18th.
Did you need more than that?
You are precious -- to God, of course, but also as Curator of WTR!
Yep, there's not likely to be a change of plans, as I've been headed up to take care of my mom for a number of years. All that has changed is a couple of delays.
We know that God has used our time in Miami to prepare us for ministry in Virginia Beach. We anticipate putting all of the wonderful things we have learned into glorifying the Lord!
God bless you and the WTR team and membership!