[Dixielandjazz] Dont Knock the Amateurs

Ed Bideau bideaulw at chanuteks.com
Mon Mar 10 21:42:25 PST 2003

Dont knock us amateurs or freebies too hard guys.  Our little band is the
only thing going in SE Kansas and we are doing a lot to spread dixieland
around and get young people exposed to it.  Our band members all have a
Masters degree or higher and we are giving a lot of time and effort to keep
the genre going. We also sponsors a jazz hour on public radio at PSU that
goes all over SE Kansas. When we charge for a gig we tell the client to
write a check to a charity of their choice.  The band is set up as a
501(c)(3) corporation for educational purposes.

Bottom line we are doing this because we love the music and dont want it to
die.  The retired members of our band are jazz men from the early 40s, WWII
vintage, and they donate a lot of time going to local high schools to teach
the students to improvize, get off the page and out of the box.  We also
have high school students sit in a lot and when we are done with them they
can play some jazz without having to play off a chart.

If it wasnt for a lot of amateurs, the genre would croak.  Who will keep it
going when the pros croak?

A youngster,
Ed Bideau III

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