Join us this December
Christmas on the Ukulele
This winter we’ve prepared a full-0n legit Christmas concert. It’s something we haven’t done since the early days of the orchestra and unless there’s a great tragedy, it should be fun, funny, and maybe a little beautiful. It might cheer you up and remind you the world can be an okay place. Come join us.
- Historic Grant Street December 9 at 2 pm FREE! Just show up at 216 S Grant St, Denver.
- Lakewood Cultural Center December 12 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are SOLD OUT.
Join our mission to take over the universe one ukulele player at a time. More info?
- Play with the orchestra. Go HERE.
- Get better at ukulele. Go HERE.
- Get started on ukulele. Go HERE.
- Try guitar. Go HERE.
- Try harmonica. Go HERE.
When you learn to play ukulele in almost every place in the world, they’ll start you with a few chords, usually C, F and G7, and they’ll help you get strumming, and then the slap in the face … you have to sing!
We’re not against that sort of thing, in fact, it’s still kinda fun to play that way.
But there’s a whole lot more to ukulele — and music — than scraping away at those four strings while trying to hold a tune with your lungs. As an orchestra, we want you to be great at all the ways you can play our instrument, and that always starts with playing melody, reading music, getting together and creating ensembles, maybe a little bit of music theory, maybe writing your own music, and maybe using other instruments in addition to your ukulele.
At Jolly Roger Ukulele you’ll learn all the necessary techniques to take you to the next level and to get you started making music in ways you never even imagined. And when you’re ready, you can teach somebody else to do the same thing. Go to Jolly Roger Ukulele.
Our Traveling Ensemble
The FLEAS! It should come as no surprise we have a small group of maniacs in our orchestra who actually practice, play a more advanced repertoire, and are generally gah-gah for ukulele. If you have an event where some of the best ukulele performers in Denver might make for a fun time, the Fleas are your team. Drop us a line as early as possible and we’ll start a conversation with you about event details. More info is HERE.
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 2011 when ukulele wasn’t hip), Kelly Graham, Susan Martin, Nathalie Renfroe, Tim Hoffman, John Jungerberg and the rest of the staff with the City of Lakewood’s Heritage, Culture and the Arts division from the old days and the new. 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!