[Dixielandjazz] An extension on Brandsma
sharp-b at clearwire.net
Fri May 28 13:13:16 PDT 2010
First a quote from Bert Brandsma's observation about developing the
> "What strikes me in the current discussion is why we only talk so much
> about youth bands. Maybe the existing bands should also give more
> chances to young musicians.
I encountered several talented young people the last years who loved
this kind of music but simply could not find places and bands to
play.The biggest problem to them was that most older bands were afraid
to ask them to help out. So now several of these talents don't play
Bandleaders should give such talents more chances."
Bert really hit another nail on the head.
Bert's statements gives me even another idea about what we could do to
find a support good young players: We should NOT just think that . .
.(quote) Maybe the existing bands should also give more chances to
young musicians.(end quote).
MAYBE ?? ? THERE'S NO "MAYBE" ABOUT IT !! ! !
I instead would actually say:
Don't let a band ( 4 or more members) play in a festival unless they
include a player under the age of 25 with them. ( I'd actually like it
to be under 22). This would be a very "heavy-handed rule, no doubt,
but If we seriously mean business, let's take a serious step. . . we
could call it "The Arizona Reverse -law of Dixieland", where in this
case we would be opening our closely guarded borders. [ can't you just
picture the geezer band leaders rolling their eyes? . . . and
muttering, "They want us to do what ! !??"]
Several festivals try expanding their appeal to younger people by
branching off in musical directions other than dixieland. I say stick
with dixie, but get the bands to branch into new ways of staying alive,
and this could be one of them.
This puts the responsibility directly on the bands to help keep this
music alive, and takes it away from numerous boards of directors who
for 20+ years now have been trying to come up with something to
maintain and revitalize OKOM.
Bill (- would -you-step-up-and-be) Sharp
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