March 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm #21796
Do you take your guitar class on a “spring trip” If so:
How many students do you take:
Where do you go:
Is it a competition:
Is it a guitar festival:
What does your Guitar Ensemble play:March 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm #21832
We have always done the FMEA State Guitar Festival in Tampa. Started with one ensemble and 18 students. Last year we did 3 ensembles and 70 students. It was a nice day event.
This year I took my 2 younger ensembles (45 students) to the FMEA, Tampa event again. Next week I am taking my Guitar Orchestra to New York to perform in concert at the Long Island Gutiar Festival. We are bringing 24 students and have programmed among other works: Kalimba by Jurg Kindle, All In A Days Work and Fresco – both by Rex Willis, Flight of the Dragon by Jeffery Tanner, Daydream by Gian Paolo Lopresti, Aire on Two Caneries arr. by me and Letter from Home by Pat Metheny, also arr. by me.March 17, 2013 at 11:50 pm #21841
Tell us more about the Long Island Guitar Festival.April 9, 2013 at 4:03 pm #22738
I do MANY trips with my top touring guitar ensemble. They do a tour to New Mexico (neighboring state) at the University as well as high school performances. We do trips around our community. We also take at least one major trip to a Heritage Festival. They do not always hire the most helpful judges (that are guitar specific); however, the criticism is always very positive and helpful. It also exposes guitar to the rest of this world. Every 3-4 years they do an international tour (past tours were to Germany/Austria, Peru and next trip is through Italy). It is definitely a way to get excellence from your ensemble…and the kids love to perform!April 15, 2013 at 8:10 am #22812
How do you fund your international trips?April 20, 2013 at 1:21 pm #23083
Glen, you were our first Clinican and was a positive voice in getting us on our way.
The Long Island Guitar Festival is run by Harris Becker, Professor of Guitar at Long Island University. LIGF is an international guitar festival that offers a weeks worth of concerts, master classes and clinics. We were invited to participate and perform. This years artists and clinicians included Gyan Weily, Matt Palmer, John Erickson, John Williams, William Kanengiser, and the Eden/Stell Duo among others. It was a wonderful educational experience! Our students and program are better musicians due to this festival. The connections made at LIGF are now allowing us to develop collaborations with artists and teachers from around the world who want to work with our program and to perform at other guitar festivals.May 7, 2013 at 6:58 pm #23738
We’re just headed to Williamsburg/Busch Gardens this weekend 🙂
Funky Bear MusicMay 15, 2013 at 10:41 am #23884
What are you playing? What tour company are you using?May 18, 2013 at 8:32 am #24151
We just did the Music in the Parks thing. Since I was combining kids from the Intermediate and Advanced classes (no Artist – different teacher) we played Contradanza and Kalimba. Kids did a great job (especially considering we’d never been able to pull off a combined rehearsal) and had a great time on the trip!May 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm #24241
I think Kalimba by Jurg Kindle is becoming the “Stairway to Heaven” of Guitar Ensemble. For those of you who have not heard it, it’s a great piece: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVQhMGLNJtYJune 9, 2013 at 6:52 am #24663
LOL, yeah it kinda is. Only problem with it is syncing up all the 16th note runs!
At any rate, overall it was a great trip, the kids played well and had a great time. Really solidified their team spirit, excitement and confidence!
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