Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra
Bring your ukulele and come play with us!
A Word About Joining Our Merry Band
Time to Get Out of Your Basement and Come RAWK!
We’ve wrapped up our Summer Institute so it’s time to get serious about recording our first album ever in November. We’re also prepping for yet another holiday concert that may or may not have anything to do with ringing in the joys of the season.
We will begin meeting on Tuesday nights starting September 6th. Check the Calendar link up above to make sure we’re not on an “off” week. From 6:30 pm until 6:55 pm, we’ll work on pieces less likely to ruin your life and will help you become acclimated to our daring plan to take over the world. Then, the full orchestra meets from EXACTLY 7 pm to 8:30 pm to continue our assault on brilliance. We will teach you to survive a large orchestra, encourage you to play with small groups like duets, trios and other assortments of rascals, and even become a legendary soloist going hawg-wild. Please arrive 15 minutes early to set up. We want to be taking advantage of every possible second, so you need to be in your seat and ready. Plan to stay a few minutes afterward to clean up. We have lots of chairs and tables that require strong backs and compliant minds to stow away each week.
Contact: email@example.com before showing up! On your first time, please arrive by 6:15 p.m.
Rehearsals are held at:
Clements Community Center
1580 Yarrow St, Lakewood, CO 80214
Near Colfax and Wadsworth: Here’s a MAP
Stuff You’ll Need to Own: Ukulele. Tuner. Music stand (black). Music stand light (also black). Three ring binder with hard backing (very black). Kazoo (any color).
Fee: There is a weekly $5 fee to use the facilities. (Please bring exact change.) There are also quarterly dues of $10 per person to keep your name on our active RMUO mailing list.
Skills: Unlike most modern orchestras, we embrace all ability levels, so don’t be shy. Come join us. If you are a newer player, plan to work hard to learn your chords and read tablature. If you’re new to ukulele or music, it might be wise to take our Introduction to Ukulele class on our Learn to Play page. If you are an experienced player, plan to be a soloist, a leader, a teacher, and an inspiration to the rest of us.
- Attend regularly scheduled rehearsals. We know you’ll miss some — you have a life, right? — but please be communicative about when you’ll be gone so we don’t send out an Amber alert.
- Attend and perform at events listed on the orchestra’s calendar.
- Follow dress codes created for each performance.
- Members under 16 years old must bring a supportive adult at least until we confirm they’re indeed full of rock ‘n’ roll and we’re not acting as your babysitter.
- Pay required fees for participation.
- Own a quality ukulele. Be prepared to work to acquire mad skills.
- Practice at home to ensure mastery of materials.
- Conduct oneself in a manner to promote the interests of the orchestra.
- Assist in fundraising, repertoire development, and equipment management.
Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to arranging a diverse rehearsed music repertoire for solo and ensemble performance in an educational atmosphere. We promote introductory and advanced music development using the ukulele as our principal instrument. We nurture beginning ukulele players as well as composers, advanced performers, and teachers, and we actively encourage community involvement to promote music education for everyone.
The Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra thanks Jim Olson (the dude with the vision to give this a try way back in 2012 when ukulele wasn’t hip), Kelly Graham, Susan Martin, Nathalie Renfroe, Tim Hoffman and the rest of the staff with the City of Lakewood’s Heritage, Culture and the Arts division. They’ve helped us with a place to call home, creating a wonderful environment for teaching and learning music, storing our weird noise-making apparati, making us sound way better than we probably are, and providing us with endless amounts of love and support. We’ve outgrown Washington Heights and Lakewood Cultural Center. Thank you to Lakewood’s Heritage Culture and the Arts for helping us teach and grow music education for everybody in Denver.