I am excited to welcome you to the FALL 2022 session of Sticks+Bars Marimba Youth Ensemble! We will start September 20th for the Advanced Ensemble and September 22 for the General Ensemble!
I look forward to a wonderful year of marimba music with you. Last spring's performance at the National Gallery of Art was electrifying. I hope we will be able to deliver some more terrific performances throughout the coming year.
Please share this email with families you know of that might have a student interested in joining! New members always welcome!
Below you will find information about rehearsal dates, times and fees; rehearsal location, payment arrangements and behavior guidelines for both ensembles.
Advanced Ensemble Rehearsals:Advanced Ensemble is for students in grades 8 and above, or by a personal invitation from me. Advanced Ensemble rehearses on Tuesday nights from 6-7:30pm. Rehearsal dates for the Advanced Ensemble this fall session will be:
Sept: 20, 27Oct: 4,11,18,25Nov: 1, 15, 29Dec: 6
The FEE for fall session of the Advanced Ensemble is $150 (10 rehearsals).
General Ensemble Rehearsals:
General Ensemble is for students in grades 5-7. This is an ensemble for students who have limited or no experience playing marimbas/percussion. General Ensemble rehearses on Thursday nights from 6-7:30pm. Fall session rehearsal dates for the General Ensemble will be:
Sept: 22Oct: 6,13, 20, 27Nov: 3, 10, 17Dec: 1, 6 (Note: DEC 6 is a TUESDAY. It will be a celebration and performance for both ensembles)
The Fee for fall session of the General Ensemble is $150 (10 rehearsals).
Payment will be due for the full session by the time of the first rehearsal.
Rehearsal Location for both ensembles:
Creative Minds Public Charter School3700 North Capitol Street NW Washington DC 20011
Note: The school is located on federal property, on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. You will have to pass through a security gate in order to get to the school. I will submit a list of student and family names to expedite the process. The school grounds are beautiful, and the school is gorgeous! We will be rehearsing in their beautiful and spacious cafeteria.
Behavioral Guidelines for Group Productivity and Health
In order to produce joyful music together, cooperation is of paramount importance. If any student is repeatedly disruptive, I may ask him or her to leave Sticks + Bars at my sole discretion.
Sticks+Bars will follow DC health guidelines and Creative Minds PCS guidelines regarding Covid prevention. Masks are currently optional for rehearsals. Should the district start following stricter prevention measures, we will follow suit. I will let you know if parents are allowed at rehearsals.
Fee Payment Arrangements
VENMO is best. My VENMO name is premteach. I can also accept cash or checks payable to Sticks+Bars.
NOTE: Scholarships are available for both ensembles. Please let me know if you need a scholarship.
Please spread the word that newcomers are always welcome to Sticks+Bars!
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
That's it for now. I am excited to see you again and start creating more outstanding marimba music together soon! See you soon!
For the love of marimba!
Sticks+Bars Youth Marimba Ensemble
Founder and Director(240)888-2507 cell
We are DC's first and only African style marimba band for youths! Students must be in grades 5-12 to join. We play the lively music of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa, and beyond. Sticks+Bars has performed at the Kennedy Center on the Millennium Stage, at Strathmore Hall with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, in Bethesda, MD, in Atlantic City, NJ for the American Orff Schulwerk Professional Development Conference, in Ithaca New York, at Ithaca College, and at varioius farmers markets and festivals in the DC area!