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Bandmakers Newsletter – August 2016

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Hello Bandmakers fans!

It’s been a great summer session. We have 2 bands who have been working very hard and are nearing
the end of their rehearsal schedule. With 2 public shows coming up, they’re going to get a wealth of
performance experience as well as having a lot of fun. Loose Chords and Where’s Johnny Zed? will be appearing at:

Saturday, August 27th
Holbrook Masonic Lodge
2019 Main St.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
All ages – suggested donation $5.00

Monday, August 29th
Pacific Growlers Taphouse
11427 SW Scholls Ferry Rd.
Beaverton, OR 97005
21 & over only

Coming to a show? You can help!
If you are planning to attend either of the summer concert dates and are handy with a camera, we’d love
your help. We are looking for some good still photos of our bands in action, as well as some posed group photos. Contact Jim if you can help.

Fall Session 2016

Dates for the fall session are almost ready, we are still waiting for final dates from the City of Portland
for Make Music PDX. The goal is to have to two programs coincide so that we can create a combined show with bands from both programs. Watch for a special announcement about fall dates coming soon.

The Intro to Ensembles class is scheduled for Saturday, September 24th. This is a great opportunity to
learn about the Bandmakers program and to find out what skills you need, as well as hone some of them
in a safe and supportive environment. All instruments are welcome! Click here to sign up.

Visit Our Bands

Starting with fall session, we plan to have a ‘tech night’ near the middle of the term where each band will perform in front of a small audience, who will give them constructive criticism and feedback on their stage presence and other factors. More information and a chance to sign up will be coming in a future newsletter.

Old Gear? We Can Help

Do you have old PA gear or cables that you don’t have a use for anymore? We can give them a good
home and put them to good use. We are searching for vocal microphones, mic and music stands, cables of
various kinds, and a larger live mixing bard. If you are interested in donating any of these items to the
Bandmakers program, we’d love to hear from you! We’d be happy to come and pick up your gear.

Website Additions

We are working on some resource pages for the website. Some topics being considered for other pages include Sound 101, Stagecraft Basics, and information on reading various types of chord charts. If you have ideas for other helpful resource pages, let us know.

One thing we are currently working on is a glossary of useful terms. It’s very much a work in progress and your suggestions are welcome! Check it out and let us know what you think.

That’s the news for now, stay tuned for more coming soon!

The Bandmakers Team

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