July 25, 2017

Band Scramble

This year’s festival will include another Band Scramble. So be prepared to jump in and have some fun . . .

What Exactly Is A Band Scramble?

A Band Scramble is like a “mixer” at a dance – it’s where you get to know some of the other participants in the festival and learn to play music with them.

In a nutshell, it’s ad hoc performing groups. The groups meet and organize themselves, pick a tune, practice, and then perform their tunes the next day for Festival attendees. All levels of players are invited to participate—from beginner through advanced and you may play any instrument.

It’s not a contest. It’s a great opportunity to make friends, play music with different people, and to stretch your skills. It’s likely the time when you will laugh the most of the whole weekend.

How it Works

On your name-tag which you get in your registration packet there is a number – this is your band scramble group number, as well as the number of the room where you’ll practice with your group.

On Friday morning from 11:15 to 12:15, just after the performance by the Dulcimer Orchestra, you’ll go to your rooms and get to know each other musically—your abilities, instruments, etc.—and select a tune you all know. Beginners will get easier parts, more advanced players will have more difficult parts—try to make a place for everyone.

Take advantage of whatever people in the group have to offer: singers, different instruments, knowledge of a tune, how to play backup, etc. Try to find something different for each person to do. Stretch yourselves, do something you’ve never done before, give it your all!

No advance preparation is necessary. If you have a list of songs you know, it might be useful. Bring your dulcimer and any other instrument(s) you play, and your sense of adventure. Be ready to play music with people you may have only had a chance to chat with at dinner at previous Festivals.

And did we mention, laugh!

On Saturday morning from 10:45 – 11:15, go back to your respective band scramble rooms and do a last run-though of your tune. Then come back to room 2 to share your work and hear what other groups have prepared from 11:30 – 12:15.

Bonnie Carol is the coordinator of the band scramble. For more information, email Bonnie.