Published DateBELMONT — Bear Irwin will be presenting an afternoon of musical education on Saturday afternoon, January 26, sharing his knowledge of the art of jazz and instrumentation at the regular rehearsal of the New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region.
The workshop, which will be held at the Music Clinic on Rte. 3 in Belmont will run from 1:30 - 3 p..m. for the concert band and 3:30 - 5 p.m. for the jazz band.
Members of the New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region and the LakeTones Jazz Ensemble, the jazz component of the New Horizons Band, will have the opportunity of learning musical techniques and methology from this outstanding educator.
Bear Irwin is on the faculty of Vermont's Middlebury College's Department of Music and brings a wealth of knowledge and musical sophistication.
Irwin began his teaching career at the high school level in the 70's and then moved on to teach Senior High Methods and Brass Methods on the Adjunct Faculty of Johnson State and Castleton State Colleges. He presently teaches trombone at Middlebury College. He has served on or is presently serving on the boards of the Vermont Music Educators Association, the International Association of Jazz Educations, was the Manager of the Vermont All State Music Festive Jazz Emsemble and was a staff member/clinician,conductor at the Jazz Vermont, which is a music camp for adult musicians from all over the country.
He has been director of the Vermont Lakes Region Youth Orchestra Concert Band since 2000 and a coach of Shrewsbury Chamber Music Society Barass and Jazz Ensemble since 1998. He also performs with Satin 'n' Steel, Stolen Moments, Moments Notice, Doctor Burma, Catamount Brass and other ensembles throughout Vermont which guest conducting or doing workshops and clinis serveral times a year.
People who are interested in learing more about this workshop or are interested in knowing more about the New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region may call the band director, Mary Divers at 527-2785 or the Music Clinic at 528-6672.