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2014 Summer Music Intensives

students performing

Metro Parks Music Department’s jamBand program will be offering three single-week sessions of our popular summer intensive music camps. Camp is for children aged 10 – 18 and held at Centennial Parks’ Arts Activity Center. Drummers, guitarists, keyboard and bass players are wanted, though other instruments are accepted. Students will participate in music theory, songwriting, solos and sound equipment operation. Placement is by audition only. Class days will include learning about and participating in groove, beat, dynamics, rhythm, melody, harmony, additional instruments, vocal training, lifestyle and leadership.

Session 1: June 2nd - 6th (Dragon Music Sunday – 4pm June 8th – performance in Fannie Mae Dees Park, AKA The Dragon Park) This camp will focus on rock band playing and performing. We will study blues and various styles of rock-n-roll. Students are expected to be proficient on their instruments. Rehearsals will take place on acoustic as well as electric instruments. Students will explore guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, harmonica, percussion and other instruments. Recommended ages 13-18

Session 2: June 23rd - 27th (performance July 1st in Centennial Black Box Theater) – This camp will be the same as the previous week’s camp. Some students may want to attend both weeks if space is available.

Rookie Camp: July 7th - 11th (performance at 6pm July 11th at Centennial Black Box Theater) This camp is geared for younger students, and for those who may be new to our program or new to playing music. Students must have some proficiency on their instruments. We will cover the basics of playing together in a band, learning by ear, the Nashville number system and general musicianship. We will be looking for drummers, guitarists, keyboard and bass players who want to improve as musicians through a week of intense focus. Recommended ages 10-15.

Audition Process - Instructors Sam Frazee and Shannon Williford want to meet with and listen to every prospective student. This process will take no more than ten to fifteen minutes. Auditionees will be asked to play a tune of their choice on a chosen instrument. They may use their own or our instruments. They will be asked to discuss their music. Instructors may ask the student to play in a particular style, or to play by ear to a given set of chords. After all students have had a chance to audition placement selections will be made. Please email us or call at 615-862-8440

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The Hartman Park Band; Fridays at Noon at Hartman Park

Hartman Park Band Performing

The Hartman Park Band is a group of retirees who come together once a week to socialize and play music. Always glad to, as they say, “Make a Little Noise” with their leader, Parks music instructor Sam Frazee; the group has played regularly for more than five years. Co-founded by Hartman Community Center manager Adrean Gregory, the HPB has practice on Fridays at noon. Rehearsals are open to new-comers and visitors. You can also see them performing around town for special parks events and concerts. The band focuses on popular music form the last 50 years, mainly Rock n Roll, but also blues, country and some jazz.HPB includes keys, guitars, drums, electric bass, and saxophones. They feature several outstanding vocalists. Some of the musicians have a lifetime of experience, playing in churches, clubs or with friends and family. However, some HPB members are beginners, having found a new passion in their golden years. The oldest member is in his 80’s, with the youngest being in his 40’s.
Instructor Sam Frazee says that his favorite part of working with the Hartman Park Band is listening to the musicians joke around and enjoy themselves. He feels that it’s important for aging adults to continue to learn and try new things. “No one is born knowing how to play,” says Frazee, “we all have to learn sometime; and it’s never too late to start!”

Dragon Music Sundays! 4:00 showtime

Drag Music Sundays

  • 5/18: Will Kimbrough
  • 5/25: Jonell Mosser
  • 6/1: Beth Nielsen Chapman
  • 6/8: William Tyler Band

Centennial jamBands will open for each of these shows! Free Sunday afternoon music in the Dragon Park (Fannie Mae Dees Park) 4PM showtimes. Dragon Music Sundays, now in it’s 7th season, is a free Sunday afternoon concert series featuring world-renowned artists who live in the Hillsboro/West End Neighborhood. The series is co-produced by Metro Parks and the Hillsboro West End Neighborhood Association.

Joey, Jamie and Cassie play some tunes at celebrate Nashville