, , , , , , , , Adult Recital Recap – Join a Band! We’ve got 7 Adult Ensembles at Guitar Shed – 1st rehearsal is FREE

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What a weekend we had in January! Starting with our Adults Solo Recital at Bob and Harriet’s Home Bar on Friday and ending with our Adults Ensemble Recital at Aisle 5 on Sunday. We had several performers doing double duty, and lots of students out both nights to support each other. A packed house both nights, and everything from bluegrass to jazz, blues, R&B, and more.

Our solo recital had some great arrangements, original songs, and even a surprise set from some of our teachers. I like to keep our teachers on their toes, and we pulled together a 3-song bar band set at the end of the night. I forgot my earplugs that night, and my ears are still ringing.

On Sunday, we had some teachers fill key roles in two of the bands. Monica saved the day with R&B Ensemble and prepared 3 songs the day of with the band. She sat in, and it sounded like they’d been rehearsing together for months. Zach also filled in on drums, swinging with the Jazz Ensemble. Big thanks to our photographers, Akash Das and Addison Hill, for capturing both evenings! We still have a couple of spots in our ensembles, so please check out our ensemble page here and join a band!

Below is a list of all of our Adult Ensembles

Acoustic Ensemble – Wednesday Night Supper Club

Americana Ensemble – The Bullfrogs

Blues Ensemble – The Bobcats

Jam Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble

R&B Ensemble – We are One

Rock Ensemble – Cosmik Debris

Our bands rehearse Sunday-Friday nights in our brand new rehearsal space, Studio A. We have a full studio setup with 5 individual monitor mixes and a subwoofer. Mixes can be controlled via iPad or even from your phone, and we have top-of-the-line equipment for you to use. 2 drumsets, 2 guitar amps, bass amp, 2 keyboards, plenty of mics, and much more. Studio A is also set up for recording, so you can easily record your rehearsal by plugging in a computer to the mixer. There has never been a better time to join a band at Guitar Shed! Up until very recently, all of our bands crammed into the drum room, which is now the teacher’s lounge. Now, there is plenty of room to spread out and jam! Contact the front desk if you are interested in joining one of our bands. The first rehearsal/audition is free!

Joining a band can be intimidating at first, but we do our best to create a safe and comfortable environment for musicians of all different skill levels. If you have been thinking for a while about joining a group, this is the place for you. We are a non-competitive music school for students of all ages. In addition to our Adult Ensembles, we also have 4 teen/tween bands that rehearse in Studio A. Two of these bands are Teen Rock Bands, and we have 1 Tween Rock Band, and 1 Americana Tween Band (The Tadpoles) as well. These groups also have a few openings, which you can view here.

For teens and tweens who aren’t able to commit to a band that rehearses weekly, we have 4 sessions of our summer camp, Camp Woodshed, open in 2024. They are filling up quickly, so now is the time to register for your spot. The early bird discount ends at the end of January. At Camp Woodshed, you will have a lead instructor from Guitar Shed as well as learn from some of our other teachers during master classes each day. There is a pizza party at the end of the week with a live performance in Studio A! Guaranteed to be the best week of your summer! So, even if you can’t commit to weekly rehearsals, you can still join a band in 2024!

Join a band!

We are excited to announce four new Adult Ensembles this fall! Contact the front desk to sign up today!


AMERICANA ENSEMBLE

Back by popular demand, our Americana Ensemble, The Bullfrogs is returning to Guitar Shed. The group will focus on a wide variety of music that falls under the Americana moniker, country, roots, bluegrass, and folk. However, this is not a traditional music group and they will incorporate newer covers alongside the classics you know and love. Open to acoustic instruments.

Tuition is $32.50 per rehearsal, and the group is led by Max Godfrey. Contact the front desk today if you are interested in joining!

If you like: Wilco, Rhiannon Giddens, Willie Nelson, Gillian Welch

When: Mondays 8:15-9:15

Where: Guitar Shed Lobby

 


JAM ENSEMBLE

Ready to take your noodling to the next level? Jam Ensemble is currently enrolling students who are looking to improvise with like-minded musicians in a group setting.  Tuition is $32.50 per rehearsal, and the group is led by Zach Judsen. Contact the front desk today if you are interested in joining!

If you like: The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, Phish, Widespread Panic, Medeski Martin and Wood

When: Mondays 8:15-9:15

Where: Studio A


 

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Jazz Ensemble will focus on improvisation techniques, learning to play in a combo setting, listening exercises, and building a jazz vocabulary. The group will primarily focus on material from the Blue Note era. Open to all instruments.

Tuition is $32.50 per rehearsal, and the group is led by Craig Cunningham. Contact the front desk today if you are interested in joining!

If you like: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Wayne Shorter

When: Wednesdays 8:15-9:15

Where: Studio A


R&B ENSEMBLE

Announcing our newest group, R&B Ensemble. This group is open to adults only, and all of our guitar spots are already full. We are now enrolling keys, drums, and vocals. Rehearsals are Fridays from 6:30-7:30 starting 8/11/2023.

Tuition is $32.50 per rehearsal, and the group is led by Sean McMorris. Contact the front desk today if you are interested in joining!

If you like: The Isley Brothers, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Aretha Franklin, Beyonce, Tony! Toni! Toné!

When: Fridays 6:30-7:30

Where: Studio A

We’ve got a busy spring ahead at Guitar Shed with some great events, giveaways, and performance opportunities!

We are excited to return to City Winery (6/1) and Venkman’s (6/2) for our Summer Recitals. Please note that our Kids Recital is on a Saturday as opposed to previous recitals. Sign up begins on 4/1 for both recitals in our student portal. Space is limited, so mark your calendars and familiarize yourself with our student portal before 4/1. You can login on our website here and we are happy to resend your login info if you misplaced it. While you are in the student portal you can also register for our Student Showcase at The Pullman on 3/23. There are still some spots available!

Looking ahead, we’ve got our first ever Guitar Shed “Spring Concert” featuring 3 of our groups: Teen Band, Americana Ensemble and Rock Ensemble on 4/15. Also, CAMP WOODSHED is back this year and we have added a session for our younger shedders. Early bird sign up ends on 3/31. Take advantage of a $25 discount!