Foundry Jazz and Soul Ensembles

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 Two groups are have openings in Spring, 2017: The Foundry Soul Band (R&B, funk, blues, jazz) and Beginner Jazz Combo (introduction to jazz and improvisation).

DESCRIPTION
FOUNDRY SOUL BAND (FSB): Formerly the Foundry Jazz Ensemle this group will focus on both contemporaty and classic R&B, funk, and jazz. Includes singers and horns. This group will have the opportunity to play gigs in the area. Past gigs have included, Jazz at Five, Concerts at McKee, Strollin’ Monroe Street (see picture), and the Cardinal Bar.

Openings: Drums, Piano, Guitar, Horns (sax, trumpet, trombone), Vocals

BEGINNER JAZZ COMBO (BJC): This is a youth group for students who have a basic facility on their instrument, but would like an introduction into jazz. Participants will be taught the basics of playing in a small jazz ensemble and of improvisation.

Openings: Guitar, bass, melody instruments (brass, woodwinds, mallet percussion)

SCHEDULE
FSB: Saturdays, 1-3pm, Mar. 18-May 13 (eight weeks). No rehearsal April 15. Performance at the end of the session is TBA.
BJC: Saturdays, 2:15-3:45pm, Mar. 18-May 13 (eight weeks). No rehearsal April 15. The first three weeks of rehearsals are divided in half: 2:15-3pm for Rhythm Section & 3-3:45pm for the horns and melody instruments. Performance at the end of the session is TBA.

COST
FSB: $200 | $150 Current Foundry Students
BJC: $150 | $120 Current Foundry Students

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must be a private lesson student at Madison Music Foundry, be recommended by an instructor, and be a high school senior or equivalent or younger;
  • OR
  • Within the past six months student has enrolled in or applied to Jazz Workshop and is recommended by the coach and/or auditioner;
  • OR
  • Student is a high school senior or equivalent or younger and passes an audition. A recommendation from a private or school teacher is preferred.

GROUP SIZE
It is our hope that the group has multiple members on each instrument. Our goal is to have two drummers, two bassists, and two chordal instruments (guitar or piano). We can accept a much larger number of horns, vocalists, and other instruments such as strings. Maximum enrollment is generally 10 but can vary depending on the specific lineup of instruments (i.e. if there are a lot of horns, it's easier to have a higher number of members).

EXPECTATIONS

  • Attendance - It's expected that everyone tries to make it to every rehearsal. Recognizing that reality doesn't always meet our expectations, it will be up to the coach to decide whether a student is ready for  a performance based on rehearsal attendance.
  • Performances - We are finding new performances all the time. We'll contact the group regarding each performance to see if enough members are available to make it happen. We will always give as much advance notice as possible. Plus if we have some redundancy in instrumentation, this allows for greater flexibility for scheduling gigs, and hopefully creates opportunities for you to play more tunes.

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

Pete Ross

PETE ROSS

FOUNDRY SOUL BAND

Pete is a Wisconsin native and has been active as both a saxophone performer and teacher for the past twelve years. He attended the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where he studied jazz saxophone and improvisation with Donald Walden and classical saxophone technique and repertoire with Donald Sinta. He received a BFA in Jazz Studies on saxophone in 2003. He has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Michael Sullivan and has had the pleasure to perform with Madison area artists such as The Jimmys, the original funky drummer Clyde Stubblefield, the Madison Jazz Orchestra and the Madison Mellophonium Jazz Orchestra, among others. Pete can be heard on recordings with The Jimmys, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble and guitarist Bobby Messano.

Having been a private instructor in saxophone and clarinet since 1998, Pete has had the opportunity to work with students of all ages and skill levels. Pete stresses strong technique and fundamentals, while at the same time focusing on the interests and aptitudes of each individual student - be it jazz improvisation, classical repertoire, chamber music and ensemble playing, or theory and ear training.

Alison Margaret

ALISON MARGARET

FOUNDRY SOUL BAND - ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

Alison Margaret’s relationship with music is both deep and broad, spanning the continuum between performance and formal education. She hails from Chicago, where she studied at the prestigious Columbia College, earning a degree in vocal jazz performance with a minor emphasis in classical piano. She has a master’s of music education with a focus on jazz performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ms. Margaret has been a music educator for over 18 years. In addition to holding a private studio of approximately 25 students, Ms. Margaret is a faculty associate for the Music Education Area at UW-Madison and teaches courses such as composition, arranging, and orchestration. She has also taught group piano and music theory courses at Madison College. Her educational philosophy is rooted in inclusive schooling concepts and she welcomes students with unique learning styles and music interests.

As a vocalist, Ms. Margaret leads the “Alison Margaret Jazz Quartet.” The group has performed at Madison’s Jazz at 5 Festival, Milwaukee's 3rd Ward Jazz Festival, the Brink Lounge, Memorial Union, Isthmus Jazz Festival, and a host of other venues. Alison has also performed at many famous Chicago jazz haunts and festivals, including the Green Mill, the Hot House, Jazz Showcase, and the Navy Pier. Ms. Margaret is likewise an accomplished Hammond organist in the Madison music scene. She performs frequently with local blues bands and leads a jazz/soul group featuring the sounds of Hammond greats such as Chester Thompson, Jimmy Smith, Booker T, and The Meters.

www.alisonmargaret.com

Jim Gerbig

JIM GERBIG

BEGINNER JAZZ COMBO

Jim holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and has worked with all levels of Brass and Woodwind students since 1982. In addition, he has been a private studio guitar and bass guitar teacher since 1977. Equally at home playing Rock, Jazz, and Fusion styles, he especially enjoys helping rock guitarists make the transition to playing in their school jazz ensemble.

He has coached hundreds of band students to Superior and Excellent ratings in Solo/Ensemble performances, from individuals and small ensembles to full jazz band and concert band events. In addition, he has worked with students on all instruments to improve their improvisational skills and working knowledge of Music Theory.

With over 30 years of studio teaching experience, Jim prides himself on finding the right approach to guide any student in realizing their potential, on whatever their instrument of choice.