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VegasNorthU presents a “NEW” Salsa Band Workshop Series

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VegasNorthU is thrilled to kick off the Fall Season with our new, popular performance workshop series. The “Salsa Ensemble Workshop Series” in Toronto, ON is designed for musicians who want to learn and love playing “traditional Puerto Rican/Colombian Salsa” among with other latin styles. This fun ensemble will consist of intermediate to advanced players and will be run in 12 week semesters.

Lead Vocal, Backups Singers, Bass, Piano, Trombone, Trumpet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax and some Percussion spots are open so if you wish to register, please reach us and we will fit you in. If the spot is filled that you are requesting, we can fit you into a following semester.

This is a wonderful chance for musicians of any age* and talent level** to get together and have tons of fun with this style.

*age ranges from 30’s to retired seniors **intermediate & advanced

Sept 2017

2017 FALL “Salsa Band” Workshop Series
Sundays starting Sept 10, 2017

 Fall Semester – September 10 – December 3 (12 sessions)

           $30 per 2 hour workshop. If a member registers after the start date of the program, they would pay only for the following workshops in the series.

These fees will help cover the costs for the rehearsal clinic space, use of custom designed charts via VegasNorthU, the costs of outside clinicians and also the conductor.

If a member/new member wishes to register in advance for two or more semesters throughout the year, please contact us to qualify for our loyalty discounts.

Group discounts also available. Contact info@vegasnorth.ca for more details.

Sundays 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm — Drop Ins welcome 🙂


All FALL Salsa music will be uploaded into the VegasNorthU Online Library soon and available to registered members so everyone can work on it before the first FALL session on Sunday Sept 10, 2017. 

FOR REGISTERED MUSICIANS, YOU CAN ACCESS THE ONLINE MUSIC LIBRARY FOR THIS COURSE HERE* VEGASNORTHU WORKSHOP MEMBERS PAGE

Contact us today through our site or by email at info@vegasnorth.ca if you wish to join in on our New Salsa Band Workshop Sessions and we will be glad to help you register.

***No cash refunds (owed credits can be applied towards other VegasNorthU classes/clinics/workshops or merchandise) VegasNorthU has a 24 hr cancellation policy.

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VegasNorthU – 2017 Performance Workshop Series – Adult Jazz Band For Beginners

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VegasNorthU is excited to host our second annual set of jazz band workshops this Fall 2017 in Toronto, ON, Canada, focusing on teaching the beginner musician how to play with and in a section, individual responsibilities, backing a singer, ensemble techniques and the necessary beginning skills of learning how to read swing and other styles.

This is a great chance for adults to get together and have fun while learning the basics of playing jazz while performing in a group. 

Each group will have a performance at the end of their semester. 

These 12 week semesters are for those players who used to play a long time ago and wish to get back into playing again and for players in ensembles already who wish to brush up their skills.

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This Fall, we are taking on the following instruments:

Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Flue, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano 

Please contact us if you are interested in participating in our Fall 2017 semester.

“Many musicians do not get the opportunity to perform in a band or group since they feel their talent may not be up to par, their work schedules won’t allow the time to dedicate to it or their auditions do not go as well as hoped when they try out; hence why these workshop clinics were designed”

The Workshops are designed for the beginner adult musician to have a ton of fun rehearsing great charts. Ensemble blending, timing, stylistic interpretation, reading and balance techniques is only a few topics covered in these workshops.

VegasNorth’s 2017 Beginner Jazz Band Workshops

Fall Semester  – September 14 – November 30 (12 Week)

Breakdown of Fees
$30 per 2 hour workshop.
These fees will help cover the costs for the rehearsal clinic space, use of custom designed charts via VegasNorthU, the costs of outside clinicians and also the conductor.

***If a member/new member wishes to register in advance for two or more semesters throughout the year, please contact us to qualify for our loyalty discounts. Group discounts also available. Contact info@vegasnorth.ca for more details.

Thursday Evenings 7 pm – 9 pm

The group size can and will vary depending on everyone’s schedules from week to week but each week will include individual attention as well as full ensemble workouts.

The Spring Workshops are concluded and went extremely well so we encourage those interested to reach us for a spot this September.

FOR REGISTERED MUSICIANS, YOU CAN ACCESS THE ONLINE MUSIC LIBRARY FOR THIS COURSE HERE* VEGASNORTHU WORKSHOP MEMBERS PAGE

www.vegasnorth.ca

Contact us today through our site or by email at info@vegasnorth.ca if you wish to join in on our Fall Beginners’ Jazz Workshop Series and we will be glad to help you register.

***No cash refunds (owed credits can be applied towards other VegasNorthU classes/clinics/workshops or merchandise) VegasNorthU has a 24 hr cancellation policy.

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VegasNorthU – 2017 Big Band Performance Workshop Series

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VegasNorthU is excited to host our Second Annual set of Band Performance workshops this Fall 2017 in Toronto, ON, Canada, focusing on teaching the intermediate/advanced and beginner musicians how to handle and be prepared for real life big band and jazz band situations when they arise, how to play with and in a section, backing vocalists, individual responsibilities, reading, ensemble techniques and the overall protocol of playing in a band.

This is a great chance for mature adults to get together and have fun, students getting ready for school and players in ensembles/bands already brush up their skills and become better “SUBS”.

As a band leader, I see many players who pass through my pro bands that just don’t quite have the experience or skills to be considered a “Good Sub”. These workshops are designed to help musicians gain that experience and to better their sight reading confidence so they can be considered for and excel in other ensembles.

This Fall, we are taking on the following instruments:

Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano & Percussion.

Please contact us if you are interested in participating in our 2017 Fall semester.

“Many musicians do not get the opportunity to perform in a big band since they feel their talent may not be up to par, their work schedules won’t allow the time to dedicate to it or their auditions do not go as well as hoped when they try out; hence why these workshop clinics were designed”

The performance workshops are designed to challenge the musicians while having a ton of fun performing great charts. Ensemble blending, timing, stylistic interpretation, reading and balance techniques is only a few topics covered in these workshops.

VegasNorthU’s 2017 Workshops
September  – December  (12 Week)

Semesters will conclude with a performance event for each group. 

Breakdown of Fees
$30 per 2 hour workshop x # of sessions in the semester.
These fees will help cover the costs for the rehearsal clinic space and equipment rentals, use of custom designed charts provided by VegasNorthU and the costs of outside clinicians/conductor/s.

***If a member/new member wishes to register in advance for two or more semesters throughout the year, please contact us to qualify for our loyalty discounts. Group discounts also available. Contact info@vegasnorth.ca  for more details.

SUNDAYS – Intermediate Big Band (Noon – 2 pm)

Fall Semester – September 10 – December 3 (12 Week)*

SUNDAYS – Salsa Band Ensemble (2 – 4 pm)

Fall Semester – September 10 – December 3 (12 Week)*

TUESDAYS – Advanced Big Band (7 pm – 9 pm)

Fall Semester – September 12 – November 28 (12 Week)

THURSDAYS – Beginners’ Jazz Band (7 pm – 9 pm)

Fall Semester – September 14 – November 30 (12 Week)

*All Fees will have HST added ** NO CLASSES ON THANKSGIVING DAY WEEKEND
(Discounts available for those who wish to register for 2 or more Semesters)

A good knowledge and proficiency of the instrument, previous experience in bands and sight reading skills are all helpful to be in the group but there is a beginners’ series as well for those who need to start out. For those musicians that may not be ready yet, we do have a Beginners’ Adult Jazz Band Workshop Series on Thursday evenings. Please contact us if you are interested.

The group sizes can and will vary depending on everyone’s schedules from week to week but each week will include individual attention as well as full ensemble workouts.

2017 FALL Registration is Now Open. 

Our Spring workshops are concluded and went Very Well! We encourage those interested in our 2017 Performance Workshops to reach us to register for our Fall Semester.

Drop Ins Welcome.

FOR REGISTERED MUSICIANS, YOU CAN ACCESS THE ONLINE MUSIC LIBRARY FOR THIS COURSE HERE* VEGASNORTHU WORKSHOP MEMBERS PAGE

www.vegasnorth.ca

Contact us today through our site or by email at info@vegasnorth.ca if you wish to join in on our New Latin Band Workshop Sessions and we will be glad to help you register.

***No cash refunds (owed credits can be applied towards other VegasNorthU classes/clinics/workshops or merchandise) VegasNorthU has a 24 hr cancellation policy.

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VegasNorth Goes To Montreal

The Preville Big Band

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IMG_3377For the past year and so, I’ve had the extreme pleasure to be asked by Tom Green , director of this wonderful established big band in Montreal, to write some arrangements for his singers and to work with his ensemble.

From my first meeting at a 10 am rehearsal, I was pleasantly shocked to see a full big band ready to work. I had brought a few Tower of Power Medleys along with some other Big Band pop songs from swing to Stevie Wonder. My first eye opener was that the full sax section was set up first and ready for instruction. The rhythm section was eager and all smiles. The brass section, with Tom directing from the section, had many good enthusiastic players. Bass bone was a sub but she ended up being the regular chair. Lead trumpet was strong along with his section so from my first rehearsal in front of this group, I had a blast guiding them and with section work, the songs came alive very quickly.

IMG_3385IMG_3382The group has two singers which both sing at a high caliber. It’s so nice to write for them and hear the two play off each other. Very nice harmonies which shows me they have been together for some time. Hats off to Pierre and Caroline!

On the third visit, I was asked to write a few other pop songs for the big band, which I did. I was so pleased to hear that they had  recorded a bunch of my songs for a new band album, which I was honored. I look forward to every visit as the band is getting really tight and I love that they seem to get energized from me spending time with them.

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From the many groups I have seen over the years, many strive to be “the best band in the city” but rarely do I ever see any of them actually do any work in rehearsals to clean their product. Every chance to perform is a “show” so why wouldn’t you want to be as prepared and clean as possible? The audience always deserves the best we can give them so just “going through the motions” in rehearsals or just playing the song form top to bottom without focusing on cleaning always baffles me. It is up to the Musical Director not only to count off the tune but more so make sure the players all know what is expected of them and that extra focus will be needed to convey the emotion of the chart. Reminding a group of their listening responsibilities, teaching them be sympathetic to a vocalist and explaining the correct style or interpretation the chart deserves all leads to a better execution. Direction is motivation.

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IMG_3367Screen Shot 2016-03-26 at 6.14.53 PMIt is always a treat for me to go to Montreal to work with and see all my new friends in the Preville Big Band. The band is a great working group performing all over the Montreal/Quebec area. Assisting Tom Green and the Preville Big Band to be a stronger group this 2016, is an extreme pleasure for VegsasNorth.

To book or see more on the Preville Big Band, visit here http://www.preville.qc.ca/dev/


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