Arts & Leisure

Brockport Community Big Band

The Brockport Community Big Band is an adult group performing jazz with a focus on big band music from the 1940s to the present day. Rehearsals are in the Brockport High School band room on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 year round. To be considered for membership, a playing audition must be performed demonstrating knowledge of the jazz idiom and a skill level that is commensurate with the standard of the group. Performers on saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass, piano, guitar, and drum set will be considered for membership. Members are required to attend all rehearsals and performances throughout the year. This group is not open to high school age students or college students who do not live within traveling distance to Brockport for weekly rehearsals and performances throughout the year.

For dates and additional information please call Lorie Bryant at 637-7565.


Chords are Key for Guitar

Have you ever wanted to learn the guitar but simply find it difficult to find the time? In just a few hours you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment, and you won’t have to take private lessons to do it. This crash course will teach you some basic chords and get you playing along with your favorite songs right away. Bring your acoustic guitar. Class limited to 15 students. For ages 13 and up. The class includes an online book and on-line video instruction. For more information, go to www.justonceclasses.com.

Topics for this class will include: How chords work in a song, how to form the three main types of chords, how to tune your guitar,basic strumming patterns, how to buy a good guitar (things to avoid) and how to play along with simple tunes.

Date: April 23
Time: 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Location: Hill School Room 240
Fee: $54 (includes online book and video instruction)
Instructor: Joshua Seiler
Minimum enrollment: 4
Maximum enrollment: 15


Chords are Key for Piano

Some music teachers may not want you to know this, but you don’t need years of weekly lessons to learn piano. In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. How do we do it? While regular piano teachers teach note reading, piano professionals use chords. And you can learn all the chords you’ll need to play any song in this one session. Any song. Any style. Any key. If you can find middle C and know the meaning of Every Good Boy Does Fine, you already know enough to enroll in this workshop. 

Topics include: How chords work in a song, how to get more out of sheet music by reading less of it, how to form the three main types of chords, how to handle different keys and time signatures, how to avoid ‘counting’ and how to simplify over 12,000 complex chords.

Date: April 9
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Hill School Room 240
Fee: $54 (includes online book and video instruction)
Instructor: Joshua Seiler
Minimum enrollment: 4
Maximum enrollment: 15
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