Summer is upon us!

Students, friends, family, and fans,

Summer is in the air and it’s time for an updated lesson schedule as well as info on upcoming gigs and performances!

If you are a student or a potential student, make sure to check out my Summer Schedule for lesson availabilities.

I also will keep my Performance Calendar updated as the summer goes on. Upcoming gigs include a stint on bass trombone with the Swing Sisterhood and Brass Lassie’s first summer show at the Normandale Lake Bandshell in Bloomington.

Brass Lassie will be very busy this summer, performing at the State Fair, the MN Irish Fair, and the Vintage Band Festival in Northfield! I hope you can make a performance.

Summer in the Studio

Students and Student Families! Summer is nearly here, and it’s time to consider your schedule for summer lessons in my studio. Remember that musical learning is something that can carry on all year- and will better prepare you for a successful fall in your band program. Over the summer we can look at new music that interests you, prepare auditions for college or high school wind ensemble, look at new techniques and styles, and just generally have fun making music on our instruments!

My studio schedule is posted here, as always.

Additionally, I have a few extra opportunities for summer study through West Bank School of Music:

Beginner Brass Camp

Is your child starting a brass instrument at school in the fall and want a head start? Get them ready for fall band through sessions that will introduce them to their instruments, show them how to make a good sound and read music, foster proper technique, and get them going with playing songs!

Prerequisites: Elementary

Age requirements: None

Instruments: Elementary trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, and tuba

Dates: Trumpets/Horns: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8/9 – 8/25, 3:15pm – 4:00pm; Low Brass: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8/9 – 8/25, 4:15pm – 5:00pm

Sessions: 6 sessions, 2x/week

Balanced Brass Performance

Learn a natural approach to playing a brass instrument through healthy, holistic methods. Session 1 – “Sound”: How air makes all the difference. Session 2 – “Music”: Brass playing is as easy as singing. Session 3 – “Focus”: Practice techniques that create solid foundations for learning.

Prerequisites: Intermediate to Advanced

Age requirements: None

Instruments: Intermediate to Advanced trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, and tuba

Dates: Saturdays, 7/30 – 8/13, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Sessions: 3 sessions

Girls Rock! 

Get ready to rock this summer in an all-girls environment! Come with your own axe or learn the rock band instrument you’ve always wanted to play. Our band will learn to cover and rehearse songs, write our own originals, create stage presence, and talk about the music business and what it means to be a rockstar. We’ll finish the session with a real life gig!

Prerequisites: No experience necessary

Age requirements: 6th – 12th grade

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards

Dates: M – F, 6/20-6/24 and 8/29 – 9/2, 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Sessions: 1 week + performance TBD