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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)

(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.



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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