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Horn Day – Saturday, Oct 6 @9am FREE!
On August 30, 2018 By admin

Welcome to a One-of-a-Kind Horn Clinic with UC Davis Professor Pete Nowlen and Horn Professor Emeritus at Western Illinois University Dr. Randall Faust! A perfect educational opportunity for all levels of french horn students. The day will feature loads on horn playing technique and will conclude with an opportunity for students to try out new Yamaha and Eastman horns! Don’t miss this chance to work with these brilliant educators and performers, admission is 100% free!

Over the past decades, Randall Faust has served the International Horn Society in a variety of roles, including Composition Contest Coordinator, Advisory Council Member, Secretary, President, and as Host of the 41st International Symposium—held at Western Illinois University in 2009. His experience as a professor and hornist includes over four decades with various institutions and ensembles including Western Illinois University as Hornist of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet and LaMoine Brass Quintet, The National Music Camp/Interlochen Arts Camp, Auburn University, and The Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. As a member of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet, Dr. Faust regularly performed concerts and clinics throughout the country, has regularly been heard on WIUM—TriStates Public Radio, and has recorded quintets by Jacques Hétu, Anthony Iannaccone, and John Steinmentz with The Camerata Woodwind Quintet on Crystal Records.  He was also the Hornist of Western Illinois University’s LaMoine Brass Quintet—that has hosted an annual BRASSFEST since 1998. One significant project has been the publication of the horn music of I.H.S. Honorary Member and Punto Award Recipient Marvin Howe. At Dr. Howe’s request, Randall has compiled, edited, and published many of Marvin Howe’s manuscripts of horn studies, solos, and ensemble transcriptions. These include the ongoing series of studies—The Advancing Hornist, an instructional video illustrating the concepts of Dr. Howe’s treatise on stopped horn technique—How to Stop a Horn, and a collection of solos for horn and piano —The Solo Hornist, as well as various works for horn ensembles.

Pete Nowlen has been a dynamic part of the northern California musical scene for nearly 30 years.  Dedicated to renewing and sustaining classical music’s relevance in our society, Pete’s career has led him to surprisingly diverse opportunities. After training at Northwestern and DePaul Universities and in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Pete joined the Sacramento Symphony in 1987 and the faculties of UC Davis and Sacramento State in 1989. Pete’s students have gone on to study at prestigious institutions including Northwestern, Eastman, Peabody, the Manhattan School, Boston University and USC, and to successful professional careers. Pete has performed frequently with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet Orchestras and all of the prominent orchestras of the Bay Area and Northern California. For several years he served as principal hornist of the International Orchestra of Italy, performing and recording in Italy’s most prestigious festivals and venues.  A prize-winning horn soloist, Pete’s solo appearances have included the Sacramento Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, International Orchestra of Italy, Trieste Chamber Orchestra and the Music in the Mountains orchestra, among others. Pete is the author of a new book book that was recently unveiled at the 5oth International Horn Symposium: Keys to Transposition.   On October 6th, this book will receive its first publication presentation in California at Watermelon Music!


Bring your Horns!

9:00 AM— Introduction: Getting a Good Start on the Horn

10:00 AM— Exposition: Recital Horn Solos for Hornists of all Ages!

10:30 AM— Development: A Checklist of Literature and Technique for the Advancing Hornist

11:00 AM— Keys to Transposition by Pete Nowlen

11:30 AM— Recapitulation: Reading of Horn Ensemble Music Conducted by Pete Nowlen and Randall Faust

12:30 PM— Visit the Exhibits of New Instruments and Music

Natalie Cortez + According to Bazooka – Saturday, Oct 6 @8pm
On August 30, 2018 By admin

 Get ready for an evening of well-crafted and melodic indie pop originals!

Natalie Cortez’ voice is captivating and authentic. Her well crafted pop melodies have an Alternative pop vibe. A multiple Sacramento Area Music Award winner, Cortez is in the SAMMIE hall of fame for her former project The Ultra Violets. Listen HERE.

Adept at performing everything from quirky pop songs and soft country to rock & roll. Holding it all together is strong songwriting and a sense of history and tradition.” -SN&R Roots Pop. 

According to Bazooka presents lush harmonies, archtop guitar, accordion, upright bass and drums to create original Americana Pop music that travels beyond the limits of it’s folk-rock roots. Based out of Sacramento, A2B is known for its unique and upbeat songwriting. Infectious melodies and plenty of hooks wrapped in a vintage feel gives this quartet a vibrant sound reminiscent of 1960s pop-rock. Listen HERE.

“With a blend of rock-a-billy rhythm, country-blues guitar solos and pop vocal harmonies, According to Bazooka is truly unique.” – Joshua Gutierrez, Daily Democrat.

Tickets only $15 (Buy Now!)

Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8:00.

Led Kaapana Returns with Fran Guidry! – Dec 29 @8pm
On August 1, 2018 By admin

The superb Ledward Kaapana returns this December, Saturday 29th to The Melon Ball! This Grammy Award winning slack key guitarist has toured all over the world and last year visited Watermelon Music for the first time. Be prepared for a beautiful night of singing aloha-oh while holding hands with friends.

Led Kaapana’s mastery of stringed instruments, particularly slack key guitar, and his extraordinary baritone and leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) voices, have made him a musical legend. He has been thrilling audiences for more than 40 years. With easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm, he has built a loyal corps of Led Heads  from Brussels to his birthplace on the Big Island of Hawaii. Recognition by his peers earned Led 4 Grammy nominations in his own right, 2 wins on slack key compilations, and a Favorite Entertainer Award at the 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

Like so many Hawaiians, Led grew up in a musical family. In the tiny black sand bay village of Kalapana,  there were few distractions. “We didn’t have electricity, no television, not even much radio,” says Led. “So we entertained ourselves. You could go to any house and everybody was playing music.”

Often everybody was playing music at a backyard party, many of which lasted for days. “People played in shifts, taking over when somebody went to sleep,” Led recalls. “You’d fall asleep to the music, wake up….and the music was still playing. That was the best alarm clock I ever had!”

It was at these family gatherings that Led learned to play in the old style, watching, listening, then imitating. Chief among his teachers were his mother, Mama Tina Kaapana, and his uncle Fred Punahoa.  “Even today when I play, I still picture all the `ohana (family) getting together and sharing their songs and their aloha.”

Although isolated, outside influences did creep into Kalapana. Like most kids his age, Led loved to rock and roll and also listened to country, jazz, and Latin music. When he’d sneak a riff from a guitar hit of the day, like Pipeline or Walk Don’t Run, into his music his dad would tease, “Hey, that’s not slack key!” But nobody ever stopped him, they just encouraged him to “play what you feel and play with aloha.”

Tickets only $25 (Buy Now!)

Show starts at 8pm, doors open at 7:30.