Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra
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News for the Summer Season: There was a time when advertisers thought wearing a weird hat (gross), tying your handkerchief around your neck (extra gross) … but not as inconceivable as you once thought, eh?!, and toting around six-shooters (double gross) would sell products. Now, oddly, nobody lays claim to clip art like this so we’re using him copyright free to invoke the cow-person in YOU.
We’re making plans for our rootin’ tootin’ Summer Institute beginning online in June. We’ll have a summer full of Ghost Riders, Homes on the Range, things about condemned men in Laredo, probably a mess of sheep and cows, a jumbuck or two, and all manner of yer favorite deputies.
Details will follow on this page and via email. Please add your email address to the widget (on the top right if you’re on a computer or down below if you’re on your phone) and we’ll keep you posted. It’ll be Monday nights from June 1 through August 17 ONLINE and only $10 per week. You will have a short lesson each week on a current topic in ukulele skills development followed by lots of singing, strumming, plucking, arpeggiating, pickup trucks, dawgs, and laughin’ … all with a yee-haw accent.
Wanna Rawk This Fall?
Keep your Monday nights open for ukulele forever! Here’s why:
- It’s fun.
- It’s ukulele.
- It’s pretty cheap.
- It’s a little (lotta) (crazy lotta) work.
- Your cat shouldn’t be your number one fan.
- You’ll be a part of small and large ensembles.
- You’ll get better faster by playing music with others.
- We’re the largest orchestra in Colorado (we’re pretty sure).
- It doesn’t matter whether you’re great or terrible. (Honestly.)
- It’s a couple hours on Monday nights and a wee bit o’ practice at home and suddenly you’re picking up a Grammy.
We are on a mission to gather up every ukulele-ist wanting to take their playing to the next level. We will teach you what you need to know. We think we’re the largest string orchestra in the Rockies and we want to be the largest band, but we need your help. Please share this idea with your friends who might need a little ukulele music in their lives. We’re nice people and would love to see you and your body guard at one of our rehearsals.
IMPORTANT: If you’re new to music or the ukulele, you’ll probably want a little education prior to joining our daring plan to dominate the known universe. Tackling the orchestra without some background can easily overwhelm even the hardiest of souls, so please check out our Classes page. 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. Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, join our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds, but honestly, we don’t work too much on keeping up those lines of communication.
As for the future:
We’re hoping to meet on most every Monday night beginning after Labor Day 2020 for full orchestra rehearsal. You’ll check in with your “Survival Pod” from 6:30-7 pm. Then at 7 pm, we continue our assault on brilliance with our advanced repertoire. We’re usually done by 8:15 pm or so. Please arrive no earlier than 6 pm and be ready to help set up. We want to be taking advantage of every possible second, so you need to be in your seat, tuned up, and ready to rawk. 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!
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 grateful to them for allowing us to use their opulent parking lot and cavernous fellowship hall for our monstrous sized orchestra. It’s hard to find places anywhere in the Denver-metro capable of handling us.
Stuff You’ll Need to Own Eventually: You can buy most of this stuff from us when you come to rehearsal.
- A pencil.
- Black three-ring binder with hard backing.
- Music stand (black). (You’ll want to buy the one we sell for $45.)
- Music stand light (also black). (We have a great one for $22.)
- Kazoo (any color). (We have them from $1 to $30 … they all sound the same.)
- White polo shirt with our logo. (You can get these from us.)
- Blue jeans. (We encourage wearing pants.)
- One all-black outfit. (For the May concert.)
Fee: There is a weekly $5 fee to use the facilities. (Please bring exact change.) There are membership dues of $25 per season (fall and spring) to keep your name on our active RMUO mailing list and your fee also helps provide loaner ukuleles for kids around the state.
Skills: Unlike most modern orchestras, we embrace all ability levels, so don’t be shy. Come join us. 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. If you need to be the center of attention, we are not your best option … but we look forward to cheering for you on American Idol.
- 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. If you miss too much, we may ask you to be a stage hand for our concerts.
- 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 to the first couple of rehearsals. If you’re full of rock ‘n’ roll you can stay, if we’re acting as your babysitter, ya gotta go.
- 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 2011 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!