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Jonathan Fletcher Music August Newsletter
Subject: Jonathan Fletcher Music August Newsletter
Send date: 2010-08-05 17:32:39
Issue #: 29
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Jonathan Fletcher Music .com

August 2010

This month in music history Woodstock Music & Art Fair was a music festival, billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music", held at Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm near the hamlet of White Lake in the town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969. During the sometimes rainy weekend, thirty-two acts performed outdoors in front of 500,000 concert-goers. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most pivotal moments in popular music history and was listed among Rolling Stone's 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll. The event was captured in the successful 1970 documentary movie Woodstock, an accompanying soundtrack album, and Joni Mitchell's song "Woodstock" which commemorated the event and became a major hit for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young & Matthews Southern Comfort.


Summer Strings News

Allison Franklin our Strings teacher was fortunate to get a write up in the Daily News Journal. Here is her Interview courtesy of the dnj. SMYRNA — Music teacher Allison Franklin gave bass guitarist (Will Gray) a piece of advice while rehearsing John Caponegro's piece "Swinging' Strings."

"Funk it up," she said.

While teaching violin, viola, cello and double bass students at Jonathan Fletcher Music, Franklin realized students did not have an outlet for rehearsing and performing if they did not participate in a local school group. For the last couple of months, she has given up two hours of her Friday afternoons to teach classical and jazz pieces to 18 strings students participating in the Smyrna Summer Strings program. Students in the program range in age from fourth grade to college and their musical skills are just about the same. They will show what they've learned in a concert set for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at Lamplighter's Theatre, 14119 Old Nashville Highway in Smyrna . Students will choose the songs that will be performed. Pieces include "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg, "Habanero" from Georges Bizet's opera, "Carmen," and "Hungarian Dance No. 5" by Johannes Brahms. The differences in age and abilities have not had a negative impact in creating one sound, Franklin said. "The younger students have learned from the older students and the older students have learned a little more by helping them out," she said. Megan McClarty had only been playing cello for three months before she was encouraged to join the orchestra earlier this summer. A 21-year-old MTSU student, McClarty grew up around guitars and drums but said the first time she ever heard a cello was special. "I watched (cartoon TV series) 'The Critic' and one of the characters played the cello. It wasn't what I was used to. It was pure," she said. "It was a real instrument. Now I can't put it down." She said Franklin and her father, Jim, encouraged her to join the orchestra. "My dad was in the rock and roll business and he told me you only learn by doing. Once you do, you're forced to compete," she said. Violinist Jordan Sellers welcomed the change of pace for the summer. She learned about the program after Franklin visited Smyrna High to recruit participants. ”Because I go to so many camps, I don't get a chance to practice that much," said Sellers. "Now that we have the summer orchestra, I'll sound a little better when the school year starts." Tanner Nokes, who also attends Smyrna High, said there's an added pressure of hitting all the right notes. "It's a smaller group so if you mess up, you're more likely to be heard," he said. Franklin said because of the interest from students and parents, plans for next summer's orchestra are already in the works.


Rock & Roll Summer Camp News

This month in the Rock & Roll Summer Camp News we have a special treat for you readers. We have Joe Dionne the leader of one of the camp’s band. We also have Eric “Moose” from one up cup as well. He will be giving us a student’s perspective of the camp:

JF Music: What is the summer camp like?

Joe: It’s awesome.

Moose: It’s relaxing and it’s fun. It’s really cool to be playing with and meeting other musicians our age. It’s interesting going through this learning process together.

JF Music: Who are the members in your band and what’s your bands name?

Joe: The other members in this band are Addie, Moose, Nathan and Sarah. The name of our band is One Up Cup.

JF Music: Where did the name One Up Cup come from?

Joe: It was very random. It came from no where.

Moose: (Laughs) Yes it was extremely random, it was all in good fun. We don’t know where it came from.

JF Music: What are the songs One Up Cup is going to play at the Rock Camp Show?

Joe: We are playing Rock you like a Hurricane by the Scorpions, Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson that’s going to be more of a rock version of it. Shook me all Night Long by AC/DC. An original song we wrote together as a band.

JF Music: How is your original song coming along? What’s the name?

Joe: It’s coming along really good. As a matter of fact Moose and I are getting together this afternoon to work on it some more. We are trying to solidify Nathan’s guitar parts.

Moose: The hardest part is coming up with lyrics. Trying to come up with a good melody for the song is also very challenging. Other than that I’m having a blast.

Joe: Yes it has been a blast. The name of our original song is Broken Bridge .

JF Music: Where is the Rock Camp Show being held?

Joe: We’re playing at Bird Dogs Pizza in the middle of Smyrna . The address is 114 Front Street and the show starts at 6pm. We will have a special guest Misstallic ending the night for us. We hope everyone we’ll be there. It’s going to be an awesome show.


Staff News

We have a new addition to our staff Jake O’Neil. He has been a student of ours for a few years now. He will be picking up the slack this fall season when move into the school rush. We welcome Jake to our team.




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