Ukulele Band Camp – 6th Annual

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March 28-April 1, 2016   

Artistic Director

Marianne Brogan

Instructors:  TBD

What It’s All About Ukulele Jump start newbies 

Welcome to four nights and three days of intense fun, ukulele instruction, and merry music making within the structure of a band, led by some of the ukulele world’s finest band masters. Register to study in bands for three days, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each morning begins with a short singing session to warm up our voices and a third session is offered each day in extra-curricular musical skills – acoustic bass, singing, accordion, improvising, claw-hammer technique, etc. There will also be time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Menucha, and get to know your fellow students in evening entertainment, jam sessions and open mic.

Band Camp is truly a unique and wonderful experience, and registrations are limited to help provide an intimate and in depth educational experience. It’s also a lot of fun. Our goal is to provide you with exciting challenges by learning to be in a band, play together and take risks. This can happen more easily if you have a solid foundation.

 Prerequisites for Bands: Band Camp is appropriate for advanced beginner, intermediate and advanced players. If you are an experienced musician coming from a strong background on another fretted instrument, but have no experience on ukulele you may feel right at home after a few queasy moments. If you come to camp with no musical background and a month of playing ukulele -you definitely will want to join the jump-start program for real beginners – it’s fun and accomplishment is close at hand!

DSC_0104 e CroppedIn general all campers that can change open chords without hesitation with a steady rhythm will flourish. The chords are a common chord progression in the key of C, F & G. Specifically: C, Am, F, G7; F, Dm, Bb, C7; G, Em, C, D7. Intermediate and advanced students should be familiar with some inversions of these chords.

Ukulele Jump Start for Beginners!

053The only prerequisite is a willingness to try something new. This is a great opportunity for you to invite a friend or loved one who might not have prior ukulele experience but has expressed an interest to join you at Menucha for a wonderful week of music and merriment. Loaner ukuleles available. Go to the Class Descriptions link below to learn more about the Jump Start experience.

Please note: Band camp is an acoustic environment. Please check the FAQ page for notes on bringing other instruments to camp.

If you have any questions about whether this is the camp for you, please contact the creative director, Marianne Brogan at 503-679-0391 or

-Marianne Brogan, Ukulele Band Camp Artistic Director

Specific Information about our 2016 Camp is under construction.

Click any link below for specific details about this year’s camp.

Schedule for Week              2016 Student Packet

Tuesday-Thursday Daily Schedule

Band Descriptions                     Uke Class Levels

Band Leader Bios                       Frequently Asked Questions about Band Camp

2016 COSTS: Under construction-until faculty are finalized

Total cost varies depending on your choice of lodging and meals.

Program Fee $375
Food: 11 meals + snacks $161
Lodging (Choose the type of lodging you prefer)

  • Private Lodging (designed for 1 person) $360
  • Semi Private (share with spouse or 2-3 roommates) $260
  • Community Lodging (bunk-style, share with 3-4 roommates) $160

Program Fee $375
Facility Use Fee $75
Food: 3 lunches + 4 dinners + 2 snacks $113

How to register with a spouse/partner:  If you have a folk-music playing spouse/partner, please feel free to bring him/her along to join in the free time fun. Non-participating spouse fee is $421; adding another t-shirt would make it $436.

Here’s how you register together:

  • If both of you are participating fully in the program, please register and pay separately-sign up as “semi-private lodging” and we’ll reserve a room just for you two.
  • If your spouse/partner will not take part in the ukulele bands, he or she will only need to pay for food and housing. First register just yourself. Next, when you receive a confirmation email (which should arrive just minutes after you register), use the “nonparticipant” link to register your spouse/partner.

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