educ5BAND CLASSES & MUSIC WORKSHOPS

What began as a Summer Jazz Workshop for young musicians in 1998 has blossomed into three full Big Band Jazz Ensembles for students in grades six through twelve. Each Band meets once per week in 1½ hour rehearsals and they perform in local “Monthly Grind” Programs and in formal concerts each semester. Summer Music Workshops have been offered in Jazz (1998-2002) and a Youth Concert Band in 2003, 2004, and 2005.

“Windjammers” Jazz Club
Youth Big Band

windjammerstWindjammers Jazz Club A Youth Big Band formed in 1998. Open to advanced student musicians by audition. Improvisation Skills and Music Theory Fundamentals are required. Experience playing Professional Charts in the Jazz-Rock-Latin-Ballad styles and improvising in all keys. We also encourage taking private lessons. Meets Tuesdays from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at McPherson’s Music Education Center during Fall Semester (September thru November) and Spring Semester (January thru April). We encourage members to sign up for the whole year. Registration and Fees are due in full 3-4 weeks before the first rehearsal. Students are required to make up any missed rehearsal time within one week, regardless of the reason. Although the emphasis is on Music Education in a rehearsal setting, we include performances at The Monthly Grind, The Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Concert (annually in November), and the Jerry Galley Memorial Scholarship Concert (annually in April).

soundwavest“Soundwaves” Jazz Club
Youth Big Band

A Youth Big Band formed in 1999. Open by audition to student musicians with jazz background and improvisational skills. Private lessons are also encouraged. Meets Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM at McPherson Music’s Education Center during the Fall Semester (September – November) as well as the Spring Semester (January – April). We encourage members to sign up for the whole year. Registration and Fees are due in full 3-4 weeks before the first rehearsal. Students are required to make up any missed rehearsal time within one week, regardless of the reason. Although the emphasis is on Music Education in a rehearsal setting, we include performances at The Monthly Grind, The Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Concert (annually in November), and the Jerry Galley Memorial Scholarship Concert (annually in April).

discoveryt“Discovery” Jazz Club
Youth Big Band

A Youth Big Band formed in 2000. Open by audition to student musicians with above-average playing and reading skills. Completion of the sixth grade year in School Band or equivalent is required. Private lessons are also encouraged.

The group meets Thursdays from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM at McPherson Music’s Education Center during the Fall Semester, (September thru November) as well as the Spring Semester, (January thru April). We encourage members to sign up for the whole year. Registration and Fees are due in full 3-4 weeks before the first rehearsal. Students are required to make up any missed rehearsal time within one week, regardless of the reason. Although the emphasis is on Music Education in a rehearsal setting, we include performances at The Monthly Grind, The Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Concert (annually in November), and the Jerry Galley Memorial Scholarship Concert (Annually in April).

horizontalraint“Horizontal Rain” Concert Band
Youth Concert Band

A Youth Concert Band formed in summer 2000. Open by audition to student musicians with above-average playing and reading skills. Completion of the sixth grade year in School Band or equivalent is required. Private Lessons are also encouraged. The group meets 3 days per week in the morning at McPherson Music’s Education Center for 6 weeks starting around the first week in June. A performance at the end of the session is scheduled.

ketchikantKetchikan Community Concert Band
Conductor, Roy McPherson

The McPherson Music Education Center is the rehearsal home of the Ketchikan Community Concert Band, a 50 member adult band, under the non-profit umbrella of the Ketchikan Arts & Humanities Council. The Band meets on Mondays from 7-9 PM during the Fall and Spring semesters, and performs two full-length concerts per year.

photo3PRIVATE LESSONS
by appointment with instructors at McPherson Music Studios

✓ Brass
✓ Woodwinds
✓ Guitar
✓ Drums
✓ Piano
✓ Vocal

A special thank you to Debbie Karlson & Sheila Kleinschmidt
for photos of the Jazz Clubs and to Dale Miller for the KCCB photos.