Bring your ukulele and
COME PLAY WITH US!
Photo after our May 10, 2015 spring concert. We clean up okay.
HEY! We're on summer break ... BUT, we have some free (what?! FREE?!) ukulele seminars this summer to keep you from taking up the banjo.
Here's the dates and topics:
- July 12 - Chord Melody
- July 19 - Theory and Composition
- August 9 - Barre Chords
- August 16 - Changing strings and 6 George Formby strumming patterns
AND THEN, here's our regular information for joining us on September 13, 2015:
A Word About Joining Our Merry Band
Seriously, Get Out of Your Basement and Come RAWK!
We meet on Sundays -- make sure to email me before showing up to make sure we're not on an "off" week. We conduct a new members Chamber Ensemble and Super Fun Strum Along from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. to help you become acclimated to our daring plan to take over the world. Then, the full orchestra meets from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. to continue our assault on brilliance. We usually have time for small groups like duets, trios and other assorted rascals to go hawg-wild. Please arrive 15 minutes early to set up. We want to be taking advantage of every possible second, so you need to be in your seat and ready. Plan to stay a few minutes afterward to clean up. We have lots of chairs and tables that require strong backs and compliant minds to stow away each week.
Contact me by e-mail
before showing up.
On your first time,
please arrive by 1:45 p.m.
Our rehearsals are held at:
Lakewood Cultural Center
470 S Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80226
(Near Wadsworth and Alameda: Here's a MAP)
Stuff to Own: Ukulele. Tuner. Music stand. Kazoo. Music stand light. Black three ring binder. Sunglasses, a stupid hat, and a cool cat.
Fee: There is a weekly $5 fee to use the facilities. (Please bring exact change.) Orchestra members pay quarterly dues of $10.
Skills: Unlike traditional orchestras, we embrace all ability levels, so don't be shy. Come join us. If you are a newer player, plan to work hard. If you are an experienced player, plan to be a soloist, a leader, a teacher, and an inspiration to the rest of us.
1. Attend regularly scheduled rehearsals. We know you'll miss some -- you have a life, right? -- but please be communicative about when you'll be gone so we don't send out an Amber alert.
2. Attend and perform at events listed on the orchestra's calendar.
3. Follow dress codes created for each performance.
4. Members under 16 years old must bring a supportive adult at least until we confirm they're indeed full of rock and roll and we're not acting as your babysitter.
5. Pay required fees for participation.
6. Own a quality ukulele. Be prepared to work to acquire mad skills.
7. Practice at home to ensure mastery of materials.
8. Conduct oneself in a manner to promote the interests of the orchestra.
9. Assist in fundraising, repertoire development, and equipment set-up.
We write and arrange a diverse rehearsed ukulele repertoire for solo and ensemble performance in an educational atmosphere. We promote introductory and advanced music development using the ukulele as our principal instrument. We nurture beginning ukulele players as well as composers, advanced performers, and teachers, and we actively encourage participation by the public.
The Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra thanks Jim Olson, Kelly Graham, Susan Martin, Nathalie Renfroe, Tim Hoffman and the rest of the staff with the City of Lakewood's Heritage, Culture and the Arts division. They've helped us with a place to call home at the Lakewood Cultural Center, creating a wonderful environment for teaching and learning music, storing our weird noise-making apparati, making us sound way better than we probably are, and providing us with endless amounts of love and support.