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Federico Rios


Hi there,
I´m an experienced sight reader drummer. I´ve spent the last couple of years working for cruise lines, playing in the main orchestra. This was a very demanding, heavy sight reading gig. We where in charge of playing the Musical Theatre Shows (Broadway Style), The Headliner Shows (whom would come on board for a day or two, we would have a half an hour rehearsal to go through beginnings, endings, tempo changes and modulations, the rest is to be sight-read live).
We played many many styles, like Big Band Jazz, Rock/pop, Funk, R&B, Latin, musical theatre style.

After this few years working for cruise ships I´ve been coaching experienced drummers to work on ships. I´ve been dictating a "sight reading and chart interpretation course" at Univesity in Buenos Aires. Once the drummer where ready to go, I set up auditions for them with the company (no agents in involved what so ever).
I´m gonna do this in London. I´ll let you know about this very soon!

The Sight reading course is out and running! get involved! drummersonships@ g m a i l . com or look for "drummers on cruise ships" on !

Screen name:
Federico Rios
Member since:
Sep 26 2011
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week


Sight Reading and Chart Interpretation Course. Graduated Students can audition for Carnival Cruise Lines! (no agents involved!)

Would you like to work on a Cruise Ship? Playing in the Main Orchestra, making really good money while traveling around the world? Read on...

This course will be focused on the efficient reading and interpretation of charts, as well as the function of the drummer in an Orchestra.

Course Description and Program
The course consist of two stages: Broad-ranging sight reading concepts and Specific and Practical Application for Cruise Ships Orchestras.

Stage One: Broad-ranging sight reading concepts.
• Charts transcription.
• Awareness and recognition of the chart´s implicit information.
• Set-ups. Differentiated by music style.
• Interpretation of the chart beyond what´s written. Concept of “Developing or Holding Back”

Stage Two: Specific and Practical Application for Cruise Ships
• Reading and Interpretation of real charts, such as:
◦ Musical theatre shows: Click-Tracked shows (Cabaret/Big Band, Rock and varieties)
◦ Repertoire used by the different Orchestras, 10 pieces, 7 pieces and 6 pieces bands. Wide
variety of styles.
◦ Fly-On Acts (Headliners): This artist get on board on the same day of the performance, for
this reason the rehearsal is always very short, if any.
• How to maximize the little rehearsal time.
• Play-along and analysis of recordings and videos from the shows.

The length of the course will depend on the drummer´s current level of proficient, reading skills and musicality.

Once you have reached the desired level of proficiency I will recommend you and set an audition with Carnival Cruise Lines.

Why isn´t this a just a regular Sight Reading course?
The entirety of the material used for this course are actual charts played by the Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) and Holland American Cruise Lines (HAL) Orchestras. This course will prepare you for the real orchestras's demands. My experience on board 7 different ships taught me there's a huge gap between these exigencies and what we usually learn in University or in private lessons.

Federico Rios
0742 763 0367