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Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra

Bring your ukulele and come play with us!

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Our May 2017 Concert with the Carillons. We still fit onto the stage, mostly. 🙂

A Word about Joining Our Merry Band

 

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No seriously, stop trying to learn to play by yourself. That’s a bad idea. Come hang out with us. If you show up, we promise we’ll make you a more accomplished musician.

We are thrilled to be seeking 19 new members for the December 2017 show!

If you’d like to join us we would recommend you include the Ukulele Summer Institute in your plans. Also, be sure to check our Classes and Calendar page here on this site. Join our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds to stay current on too many cool things.

As for the future:

We meet on most every Monday night for full orchestra rehearsal. Check the Classes and 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, from 7 to 8:30 pm, we’ll continue our assault on brilliance with our advanced repertoire.

We will teach you to survive a large orchestra, encourage you to play with smaller groups, and even become a legendary soloist if you wanna put in the work.

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: info@ukuleleorchestra.org before showing up! On your first time, please arrive by 6 p.m.

Rehearsals are held at:
Green Mountain United Methodist
(northeast basement door!)

12755 West Cedar Drive
Lakewood, CO 80228

Near Union and Alameda in Green Mountain
Here’s a MAP

Please note that while we are not affiliated with the church, we are ever so grateful to them for allowing us to use their opulent parking lot and cavernous fellowship hall for our monstrous sized orchestra.

Stuff You’ll Need to Own: You can buy most of this stuff from us when you come to rehearsal.

  1. Ukulele.
  2. Tuner.
  3. A pencil.
  4. Music stand (black).
  5. Music stand light (also black).
  6. Three ring binder with hard backing (very black).
  7. Kazoo (any color).
  8. White polo shirt with our logo.
  9. Blue jeans.
  10. One all-black outfit.

Fee: There is a weekly $5 fee to use the facilities. (Please bring exact change.) There are also annual dues of $40 per person (payable quarterly) 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 to read tablature. If you’re new to music, ukulele, or reading tablature, it will be wise to take one of our Introduction to Ukulele classes. If you are an experienced player, plan to be a soloist, a leader, a teacher, and an inspiration to the rest of us.

Orchestra Expectations:

  • 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. These are in various locations around the city and announced well in advance.
  • 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.

Orchestra Mission:

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.

Thanks To:

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. As we’ve grown, we’ve enjoyed and appreciated the staffs at Washington Heights, Lakewood Cultural Center, Clements Community Center, Historic Grant Avenue, and Green Mountain United Methodist church. A lot of people have tolerated us over the years … thank you!