Megaband with James Morrison is back, and we want YOU to play with us!
The Megaband is a massive band of more than 150 instrumentalists ranging from 9 to 18 years of age with different levels of experience. We spend a day “jamming” together, learning some new music under the direction of Eric Dunan, and then present a concert in the evening with special guest, James Morrison on trumpet. After we perform, we get to watch Morrison play a concert with the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Jazz Orchestra.
Megaband is a great opportunity for young musicians to share the stage with a world-class artist, as well as other young musicians from all around the Illawarra. All members of the Megaband will receive a specially designed t-shirt that they will wear for the performance.
You must be 9 to 18 years of age, be able to read standard music notation at a basic level and play one of the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, violin, bass guitar or percussion. Please note that places are strictly limited for keyboard, piano and guitar players. If you wish to join the Megaband on one of these instruments you must contact Eric Dunan directly before registering.
There will be specially written parts that are easy for beginner level musicians as well as challenging parts for more advanced players. Music will be handed out on the day. There will be plenty of advanced musicians on hand to help with any parts that are too difficult for less experienced musicians. It will be a massive jam session where musicians of all levels and abilities can come together and make music. If you can get through the first ten pages of a beginning band method book such as Essential Elements, you’ll be fine. Come have a go!
SCHEDULE Monday 25 July
9.30am Arrive and sign in at University Hall.
Please note that this is when you will receive your music and Megaband t-shirt.
10am-3pm Rehearsal of music with Eric Dunan.
Please note that there will be a lunch and snack break, so please bring food and drink.
3pm Parents arrive to collect participants.
6.30pm Arrive back at University Hall wearing the Megaband t-shirt and prepare for concert.
7.00-7.30pm Megaband performs with James Morrison.
7.45-9.00pm James performs with the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Jazz Orchestra.
Megaband members stay to watch the show.
Early-bird fee is $35 if you register by 3 July. (Registration after that date will cost $40 and you may not be guaranteed a t-shirt.) This fee includes the workshop, a “Megaband 2016: Jammin’ with James.” t-shirt and a seat for members of the Megaband to see James Morrison perform with the Wollongong Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra. Audience tickets for the show will be available through www.wollcon.com.au and at the door for $15 general, $10 concession (seniors and students), Free for children 12 and under.
Registration Closes at 12pm on 17 July or when Megaband reaches full capacity.