CROCK parents got some Jazz & Funk Music Schooling by Robert Walter’s 20th Congress at the Liquid Lounge in Bend, Oregon. Robert is one of America’s heaviest jazz-funk keyboardists. He and the Congress crew laid it out and gave us all some great real-world Piano Lessons, Drum Lessons, and Guitar Lessons. Check out the old-school rotating amplifer!
Crock members Damon, Christian, & Laz participated in a week-long jazz music camp put-on by Mel Brown and friends at Western Oregon University. The camp featured a week of fine music instruction, jazz combos, jazz bands, and in general some excellent music schooling from great musicians and music teachers in Oregon. The week culminated with live performances on various stages as featured in the following clip.
CROCK members got some roots music schooling by The Sugar Beets at the Belfry in Sisters, Oregon. And it was a nice renuion as well. Crock Producer Jean George went to school in Boulder, CO with the sugar beets own Scotty Perey. Scotty and the crew lay it out and give us all some great real-world Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons, and Voice Lessons. Not to mention the great rythm section and fiddle player. Good Times!
CROCK members got some reggae music schooling in the ways of Bob Marley and more at the Volcanic Theatre in Bend, Oregon. Nice work by the 2nd Hand Soldiers and our own Meshem Jackson on drums!
CROCK members got some jazz music schooling in the ways of Big Band Music at the Tower Theatre in Bend, Oregon. Nice work by the Oregon Jazz Ensemble directed by Steve Owen! Here’s a GROOVY tune from Thad Jones (1966).
The Cascades Rock Ensemble music school in Bend, Oregon was featured in central Oregon’s Hot Sauce Magazine for kids and teens. It’s a fun magazine about activities for kids. Several CROCK rockers were interviewed about their music lessons, drum lessons, guitar lessons, and music performance training within CROCK – and of course – about how much fun the whole gig is for them! Click on the thumbnail for more details.
Crock members participated in a jazz music teaching workshop featuring some fine music instruction and schooling from Mel Brown in Bend, Oregon. Mel Brown Jazz Drummer is well known for his work with Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and more. Here’s some highlights:
[Photo] Cascades Rock Ensemble Drummer Steven George picking up a few pointers from Mel on the proper swing technique. All drummers got a chance to play, as did dozens of other kids on a variety of instruments. The workshop was kindly put on by the Jazz at the Oxford Series and is free of charge for young musicians to participate. Check it out here.
Special thanks to directory Georges Bouhey for orchestrating the chaos. And thanks to Mel Brown Jazz Drummer who is a true Gentlenman of Jazz musician and organizes a Music Camp for young musicians to learn and teach music which you can check out here.
And here’s a brief video from the very end showcasing all the participating young people who came out to play and learn drums, horns, keys, guitar, bass, and more. The tune of the day was the infamous Bags’ Groove off Miles Davis 1957 release. Enjoy!