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Stagecraft: Talking to the Audience

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Um….here’s like….a song we wrote….” Bands spend a huge amount of time & effort on selecting their songs, doing the arrangements, and then rehearsing over and over until everything sounds great. And then they get up on stage and have no clue what to say to the audience or how[…]

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Well Assembled

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Tenacity, determination, and camaraderie are all useful tools in any collaborative endeavor.  But our Spring 2017 band used them in great measure, with fantastic results! The members of Some Assembly Required had a lot of obstacles to overcome.  The term began with 2 nice-sized bands, then went to 2 small[…]

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Bandmakers Newsletter – February 2017

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Hello Bandmakers fans! Winter term is off and running, and again we have two bands.  This session will complete our first year of Bandmakers and we have had enough for two bands for 3 out of 4 terms, with more than 50% of students returning for more sessions.  We are[…]

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Newsletter – October 2016

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Hello Bandmakers fans! Fall term is underway and once again we have enough musicians to make two bands!  We are absolutely thrilled at the response we’ve gotten in our first three sessions and we are looking forward to having the program grow and prosper. If you have ideas for promoting[…]

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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[…]

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Learning To Tell Time

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Working with The WestSiders on their 3-show tour for Spring 2016, I realized that an important but overlooked part of doing shows is the terminology used within the performing arts.  So, here’s the beginning of what will eventually become a glossary on this site.  Suggestions are welcome, so don’t be[…]

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Bandmakers Newsletter – June 2, 2016

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Greetings fans, and a special welcome to all of our new subscribers!  Summer is coming up and there’s a lot of music to be heard. Spring Term Concerts The WestSiders are on tour!  Join them as they celebrate all of their hard work at two great shows on June 4th[…]

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Newsletter – April 19, 2016

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Greetings Bandmakers fans!  There’s a lot of exciting stuff going on…   Spring Term Update We have a terrific group of folks on the west side.  They are making excellent progress and their set is shaping up to have a good mix of songs and styles.  We’re still finalizing the[…]

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Make Music PDX Spring Signup

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East side, west side, all around the town… Don’t forget that folks on the east side can have just as much fun being in bands as those on the west side!  Registration is now open for Make Music PDX Spring term. For the time being, these two programs are kind[…]

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Bandmakers Newsletter #1

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Greetings everyone! Here’s the newest news in its newest form.  Thanks to those of you who’ve expressed an interest in this program, it really helped get the momentum going forward. The Big News Bandmakers, the next step in the evolution of the Make Music PDX program, is on its way. […]

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