Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mohawk Warriors Band Camp

July 8-12, 8am-noon

This week long camp will be centered around team-building and learning with Marching Basics, Jazz Improvisation, Battery Percussion, and a Performance Clinic. Open to beginners and experienced instrumentalists in grades 8-12.

Day 1 – Musicianship 101 will introduce the essentials for having successful experiences in music: effective habits of practicing, being a team player, watching and listening, self-evaluating, being imaginative, and “leading from every chair.” 1-2 pieces of high-quality but accessible concert music will be studied for developing these skills.

Day 2 – Marching Basics will guide students through the fundamental techniques of modern Marching Band. This will include learning a simple piece of marching music, learning and using commands, playing competitive marching drill games, practicing marching in “8 to 5” step, and practicing playing while marching. The goal is to instill a sense of what constitutes a respectable marching band performance, and the introduction of a parade march that could be used for Booster Day or other events.

Day 3 – Jazz Improvisation will focus on modal improvisation with the blues scale. We will introduce improvisation by playing over a drone, using call-and-response in small groups, practicing “trading 4’s” with partners, and finally by learning a simple jazz standard and taking turns playing in the foreground and background. A quick Jazz History primer will also be included in the workshop.

Day 4 – Battery Percussion is all about drumming and intensive rhythmic study. While focusing on rhythm games, improvisations, and emulating the Brazilian “Batucada” and Indian “Tintal” styles, students will learn the basics of meter, groove, and polyrhythm on auxiliary percussion and battery instruments (snare drums, bass drums, tenor drums). This workshop will culminate with the creation of an original “street beat” that could be used for Booster Day and other school events.

Day 5 – Performance Clinic will focus on refining and presenting the best work of the week. An informal performance presentation would be offered to friends and families, followed by a picnic lunch.

Join us for a week of great music!!!

$75, sliding scale
Registration form (219 KB pdf file)