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Metro Parks Music

The Metro Parks Music department provides recreational music opportunities to Nashville and its surrounding communities.

For more information please contact us at: 615-862-8440

We are located in the Centennial Performing Arts Studios in Centennial Park. Centennial Performing Arts Studios (Map image)

Metro Parks Music announces jamBand camp dates

JamBand students pose for photo

Jam Band camps are back.  Due to Covid restrictions and precautions we are limiting the number of participants to 10 students. In order to make this opportunity available to as many as possible we are offering two session for day a morning group and an afternoon group. Times are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $75 per student. June 12-25 or July12-16

In Person Jam Band Classes Resume April 19

Jam Band students rehearse and perform

We are excited to announce a return to in-person classes starting April 19.

Times available

  • Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.

Classes meet once a week. Class size is limited.

Students are encouraged to register early in order to be placed with complimentary instruments. Call 615-862-8440 for more information.

Centennial jamBands offers students a chance to play in a band with people their own age and skill level. We look for youth and teens that are playing guitar, bass, drums, Keys and sing as well. Other instruments are also considered. Program participants will have opportunities to perform throughout the year. Many of our former students have reported improved confidence, stage presence and a sense of having found their peer group.

We are excited to feature our talented jamBand students playing Rock-N-Roll covers and originals, live onstage.

We would still love to hear from you. Please email for more information.

The Hartman Park Band is suspended

Normally meeting Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hartman Park, the band is on hold pending relief from the Covid-19 situation.

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, they practice on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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. The band 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 band 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!”

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  • Big Band on the Cumberland

    Free event presented by Metro Parks and Creative Parks! 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 7/9: Rory Partin and His All Star Big Band; 7/16: The Lynn Beal Band; 7/23: The Moonlighters; 7/30: Music City Swing

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Know Someone Getting a Guitar?

Parks Music Students play together

Nashville Metro Parks offers several levels of group guitar classes in an affordable, fun, low-pressure situation. Available for ages 8 to 18. Please see our class schedule, or email Sam Frazee for more information.

Acoustic Pickin' Party / Tuesday Night Music Club

Acoustic Guitar

Tuesday Nights 7-9PM

This website is being overhauled and updates are limited.

We will likely be meeting virtually as well as in person as progress with the pandemic continues.

You must register to join meetings.

In person gatherings will be limited to 8 people and the location may vary.

Email for up to date information and to register.

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