NW Big Band for 2014

October 2, 2013

Dear Big Band Colleagues,

Plans are underway for the 2014 NW Big Band week in beautiful Port Townsend, Washington.  We hope everyone will want to come share another week of music, improvisation, and performance, along with a good deal of laughter and jokes.

The dates for the 2014 Big Band Workshop are:  Sunday, April 27th – May 2nd, 2014.  We will be based at Manresa Castle Hotel again (third year!)  One of the big bands will be rehearsing at the American Legion Hall (rather than the Methodist Church).  This means we will be set up and ready to go for the Friday night concert, and one of the bands will be accustomed to the room.  As before, the other big band will rehearse at Manresa.  The week-long schedule is the same as it has been in the past, with a Sunday evening welcome dinner & orientation, improve groups meeting after breakfast Monday through Thursday, a faculty concert Monday evening, an all-camp jam on Wednesday evening including the trombone choir, and saxophone quartet, improv group offerings on Thursday evening, and the big dance concert (open to the public) on Friday evening.

We will, as always, have two bands—one musician on a part.  Returning members will have priority.  After filling two bands, there will be a waiting list.

The good news! The fees will be the same as last year. That is:

  • $920  (two to a room) for Manresa Castle Hotel,  and all meals, except for two lunches and two dinners on your own, or
  • $1097, for a private room (or, an additional $177 for the week), again, except for two lunches and two dinners on your own.
  • The “commuter fee” (for locals and others who wish to camp or have other places to stay) is $490, which includes three lunches.

You may register now to secure your chair for the workshop.  The workshop deposit for $150 is due no later than November 1st, the second installment of $385 is due January 5th, and the final payment of $385 is due on March 15th.  Half of the $150 deposit is non-refundable.

 Our mailing address is: PO Box 1406, Port Townsend, WA  98368.

We encourage you to invite any musicians you know who you think would be interested in joining the NW Big Band in Port Townsend.  A $50 tuition discount will be awarded to anyone who brings in a new participant.

For questions, call either Sally at 360-379-3395 (before October 11th, and after November 2nd), or Owen, 360-385-5374.

We hope all is well with you, and we look forward to seeing you next spring.

Warmest regards,

Sally, Owen, Chuck, Craig & Rex

Advisors, Elmer and Elaine Ramsey

Northwest Big Band is Alive and Well!

There was great concern in the NWBB community when our director, Elmer Ramsey, retired at the conclusion of the 2012 session.  However, the faculty and band members had learned many great lessons from Elmer & Elaine, and we all pitched in to help make the 2013 NWBB workshop an enjoyable and rewarding musical experience for all participants.  The workshop proceeded as usual in beautiful Port Townsend, WA in April of 2013, and it was a rousing success!  Two complete big bands presented a dance concert at the end of the week, which dancers and listeners alike greatly enjoyed.  Three combos encouraged everyone to try their hand at improvisation.  The Wednesday night jam session was packed with eager participants & fans, and the trombone choir and saxophone quintet each put on lively performances.
Plans are now being finalized for the 2014 Northwest Big Band Workshop.  We hope you will join us for this annual celebration of music making.  Please email craig@craigbuhler.com for more information.