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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000042.txt from 1999/06

From: "John Morgan" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] What the Boomers will bring
Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 22:43:44 -0400

First problem - find a place to meet - church or community hall
next - approach newspapers for community events adveritising if
contact all the band teachers (they like to play for fun too)
beg borrow or steal some music to have available the first night
bug every one you know to help or see if they played in high
school (a lot of instruments are in closets)
have your first reheasal - enjoy the music

meet every week all year if possible - be patient - keep it fun -

Been there -done that - 9 years later still going strong and
getting better

John Morgan _ Pres Prince George Community Band

----- Original Message -----
From: Ken Wolman <>
Subject: Re: [kl] What the Boomers will bring

> >Exactly the need filled by the growing number of community
bands around the
> >country. They come in all ranges of skill and size. I have
> >played in or conducted several groups over the last 15 years or
so ranging
> >from 6 or 7 players doing junior high music through 65-member
bands playing
> >standard band repertoire. No money in free bands, except
sometimes for the
> >conductors, but a collection of potential students for those
interested in
> >teaching. And a way to keep us old baby-boomer fogies off the
streets one
> >night a week!
> I'm getting to the point where I'd like to play for living
beings who are
> not my cats. But the problem for me, at least, is FINDING a
> band. Some areas of Jersey have them, but up around here in
> where the musical culture is confined to kids blasting rap out
of their
> open street racers, there IS no action, nor is there any
perceived interest
> among local church music ministers to rewrite arrangements for
the pipe
> organ to fit a bass clarinet or alto sax:-). The most I've seen
> occasionally a guy fills in for the organist on a 12-string
> Kumbaya, my Lord....
> How does one go about STARTING a community ensemble? I gather
that in many
> of them, your skill level going in is far less important than
> enthusiasm: the better players will often take the less-skilled
under their
> wings and teach them specific techniques for particular
situations. So
> everyone benefits. But again, where I am--and I wonder how many
> here are in a similar situation--the issue is of creating
something from
> nothing.
> Ken
> Kenneth Wolman
> "From the Meadowlands":
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