Bandmakers Advanced

This is the perfect session for those ready to take the next steps.  More emphasis will be placed on dynamics & other nuances, more complex arranging, and stagecraft.  While the environment is still very supportive, students will be challenged to push the limits of their comfort zones as they strive for excellence.

Admission is by audition or instructor approval only.

Audition materials will be sent out October 5th for auditions on October 12th.

Check out our events calendar to see when you can catch our bands in action!

Winter 2023 Info

Dates: January 4th through March 15th

Time:  7:30-9:30pm
If there are 2 bands, we rehearse in shifts: 6-8pm and 8-10pm

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Place: Tuality Masonic Lodge
176 NE 2nd Ave
Hillsboro, OR 97124

Cost: $150.00 per person

Your Questions Answered

Can we use charts during auditions?

Does ‘no books for the show’ really mean…?
No books or charts visible on stage during the performance.  For those who need assistance, we will talk about tricks you can use to help your memory, or places you can hide some simple notes.  Bottom line:  NO MUSIC STANDS FOR THE ADVANCED BAND’S SHOW.

What does ‘performance & collaboration’ mean? Are we being critiqued?
Topics we will cover include

  • Stage presence
  • Audience & band interaction
  • Patter
  • Expanding your comfort zone
  • Owning the music and your little square of the stage
  • All manner of musical things like more complex arrangements, dynamics, etc.


  • People skills
  • How to present and dislike ideas;  how to survive constructive criticism
  • Finding your jobs and doing them
  • Channeling zaniness / work ethic
  • Ego management

As for critique, it’s more likely to be in-depth notes for each recap rather than specific individual coaching, because there’s not really enough time to do that for everyone and some folks may not want that.  Jim offers coaching & critique as part of his private teaching services, contact him if you’re interested.

Will we only get to play the instrument we audition with?
No, you can play other instruments.  In fact, folks will be encouraged to switch up.  Those who sing and play, let us know so we can figure out who’s doing what for auditions.  It may be that pieces could be done more than once to give different vocalists a chance to shine.

Auditions really are just a gauge of your overall musicianship, so try not to worry too much about the details.  Other than learning the pieces, that is.