[Dixielandjazz] Bach OKOM and the kids

Robert S. Ringwald robert at ringwald.com
Thu Nov 18 19:33:03 PST 2004

David, glad to hear about all of the Jazz up there.  You people are 
certainly doing something right.

This may be a bit premature but I want to alert you and other Listmates, to 
the following.

Our Jazz Society, The Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society, is in the very 
early planning stages of presenting a Traditional/Dixieland Jazz Youth band 
festival.  If this comes off, we will have judging, clinics, demonstrations, 
etc.  We have the local university music dept. involved.

At present, the plans are to present this first annual event in Sacramento 
in February of 2006.  This will hopefully give teachers and bands time to 
work towards coming to the event.

As I said, this event is in the very early planning stages.  However, keep 
in touch regarding it.


--Bob Ringwald

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Story" <daveplaysthepiano at hotmail.com>
To: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2004 6:57 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Bach OKOM and the kids

> My rant for the month:
> At the high school (Hamilton Ontario) in which I volunteer, is a hot bed 
> of classical music and OKOM. Two jazz bands, 2 orchestras, one choir, two 
> concert bands. The kids refuse to play crap and complain if any instructor 
> puts some half baked pop tune of the day in front of them. As they 
> remarked to a former teacher when he started out years ago, "sir we don't 
> play that kind of music here". I've had the kids playing early jazz, 
> modern jazz, free jazz, heck for two years we even had a turntabilist in 
> the band. Jelly Roll Morton never sounded better.
> In Bracebridge Ontario, the local high school has had a "Dixieland" band 
> for years. They win plenty of awards too.
> Kids today are pretty savvy. If they hear music of merit in the home, they 
> learn to appreciate the good stuff even in adolescence. All they need is 
> community support, enthusiastic instructors, and resources from the powers 
> that be.
> But if their only cultural conditioning is hearing and seeing the crap 
> that comes out of the TV set or computer games, they are stunted. I 
> remember speaking with a parent of a child who "hated Classical music" and 
> wanted to quit. The mother asked me what could she do. I said play 
> classical music in the home from time to time, take the kid to a concert. 
> Her response,"I don't like classical music!" End of story.
> I'm with Steve, volunteer to play a concert to the music students at your 
> local high school. Tell the kids about the music, show them your joy, 
> they'll eat it up!
> Feeling better now in Hamilton,
> David
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