We had the good fortune of connecting with Vince Greer and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Vince, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
Deciding to work for myself actually hindered me more than it contributed to my successes. Sure, there is something very liberating about working for yourself, but it is not easy and it certainly does not guarantee success either. In some cases, working for someone could be easier and quite often the more stable option. Apart from my agency bookings, I still sit in with great corporate bands, and I do a lot of studio work for other people as well. Actually when I think about it I still work for someone else everyday, even more-so now than I did before. That is the single most important decision I have ever made for my business strategy [and still making everyday] was to never stop serving others. It gets challenging at times just trying to complete all of the projects for others and still find enough time for my own personal material. However, I’ve found that the more I experience other people’s perception of the saxophone the more my understanding of what’s desired grows in return.

Truthfully, I almost always feel overwhelmed by new opportunities. However, it is good to know that my ability has not been diminished by the way I feel lol. The bottom line is that Sax Ministry is all about serving others, this helps me keep my ego suppressed and business model growing. Whether I am working as a music director, a soloist, or bandmate it is always to enhance someone else’s experience. Everything else I would consider vanity. I realize that people feel that undertone of “exclusivity” from the brand Sax Ministry and I only hope that it resonates well with them. My clients are typically looking for an exclusive experience, catered directly to their needs; something refined, not archaic but also not trendy or cheap.  They’re looking for an everlasting moment expressed and experienced through God’s instrument of love, that only Sax Ministry seems to be able to provide at high-end.
In the end all we’ll have is memories of moments. -Sax Ministry.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Sax Ministry is a brand that I’ve built in conjunction with my career as a saxophone soloist. #iFoundMyLaneItsNarrow is a hashtag that I use, but this career path kind of led itself to me. I tried doing other things like teaching or working as an IT contractor, but I found this was what I loved and it seemed the work just kept picking up for me. I had deeply considered the social lives of many great saxophone players and it wasn’t for me. Thankfully, I just didn’t end up sounding like the other cats.  If you compare yourself to others you’ll never see what abilities God has given you. Each experience is unique to its own path. My path is just different, very narrow, but also leveled for me. I’ve learned many lessons along the way, one of the most important is “work hard and always make room for the one who created you”…He keeps me quite busy to put it mildly. My brand is growing faster than I can ever imagine now. I’m traveling a lot more for private events and I have a short-term residency at Day 6 Coffee shop in downtown Houston. I also recently played the United States National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner” for an official NBA game March 3, 2021 (Houston Rockets vs Brooklyn Nets) and it was an incredible experience.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Houston is one of the best places for music, food, shopping, etc. Shhhhh …we’re trying to keep this great city a secret, but since it seems everyone knows already. We’ll its also a pretty vast city, so its more about who you know and what you want to do. Here are a few gems in Houston:

Galleria Mall-Shopping
Breakfast Klub/Alley Kat -Food
Washington Heights/Midtown/ Food and Night life
Discovery Green Food/Park/Outdoor Concert Venue
Day 6 Coffee -Coffee, music and more
Pelle Pelle/Willie G’s/ Pinstripes high-end restaurants
Turkey Leg Hut- Food, music and more.
 The Woodlands Waterway- kayaking, boating, food, parks, concerts at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Amphitheater.
Just a few things-to-do in Houston outside of the the places you’d find on Google lol.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Well since you asked first and foremost shoutout to Jesus …without Christ nothing is possible. He alone deserves all the glory and honor.

Next I’d like to shoutout a place that opened in downtown Houston amid the 2020 pandemic and has been gaining popularity ever since.  Day 6 Coffee shop located at 910 Prairie St., where you can find me doing a solo set every other Friday night from 10p-midnight.
Let’s also shoutout my alma mater HSPVA and HSPVA for constantly producing high-performers here in Houston.
Last but certainly not least, let’s shoutout my worship team @PFCWorship we’ve been writing original worship songs and one of them has been adopted by Lakewood Church, “Abba Father” by PFCWorship.

Image Credits
Cameron Johnson

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