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some opening band for the decemberists

August 14th, 2016

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Dope Body at DC9
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Dope Body playing at DC9 in Washington DC on Tuesday 5 July 2011. They were the opening act for Liturgy.

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Marching Brass Band

August 13th, 2016

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At the 2010 H Street Festival in Washington, DC.

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2014 Alumni Review and Awards_01
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Alumni and guests enjoy a performance from the West Point Band ensemble before entering Washington Hall May 20 for the 2014 Alumni and Distinguished Graduate Award Luncheon. Photo by Mike Strasser/USMA PAO

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Marketing Your Music and Band

August 11th, 2016

The principles of marketing a band and getting to the point of making actual money from shows don’t really differ that much from running a business. Just so happens that this business is music.

An old saying goes something like “build it and they will come”. You can tell it’s an old saying because in today’s world it should read “build it, MARKET IT… and they will come”. Don’t believe me? How many super talented people have you come across that made incredible music in their basement that never made it out of their house. It’s like they’re waiting for somebody to knock on their door and say “I was just passing through the neighborhood with a briefcase full of money and wanted to see if you have a great song available”. It’s not going to happen. However there are things you can do to get your music/band marketed and we will be discussing this in the following article.

Let’s first establish what we’re looking to do. We need to promote the band while at the same time making some money or at least not losing too much on the marketing costs, all this while making sure that our efforts will be rewarded in spades if done right.

Traditional Marketing

Under this “umbrella” we have stuff like t-shirts, buttons, stickers and any other solid tangible good that represents the band/artist. Obviously CDs enter the picture and so do DVDs. With the advent of Zazzle and other similar services you can sell your merchandise without ever seeing it or stocking it. You simply create your design online and when it sells they will print your design onto the shirt and ship it out. The quality is very good, but as with anything that helps make your life a bit easier, it takes from your profits.

These things earn you back money while promoting your music/band. After all, some guy dressed with your t-shirt is like having a walking billboard. Try to keep in mind these simple rules as you design your products:

1. Easy to read, clear and relatively big logo. If you’re a fan of twisted letters and squiggly lines you would do well to stay away from that. It doesn’t mean that your design has to be bland and boring, but stay away from stuff that you need to spend time and effort to discern. If you’ve ever seen a shirt for a black metal band you’ll know what I’m talking about. You want people to be able to read your name fast and easy. Same goes for logos. McDonalds has the yellow arches. Adidas, Nike and Mercedes are well known for their logos. Notice the logos are based on simple forms/graphics.

2. Put your contact info on just about anything. The more contact details the better. A phone nr is really great and so is an e-mail address. I know some things, like t-shirts for example, do not lend themselves easily to this end, but there’s no reason in the world why the webpage cannot be present on absolutely everything.

3. Entice people to give you their e-mail address in any way shape or form possible so that you can start to build your e-mail list.


Here are some ideas for non-traditional marketing that will give you the most bang for your buck.

1. Postcards. Before you run out and do these yourself try and see if you can get a sponsorship to pay for the cards. Here’s how it works: Find a business that is somehow tied into the scene you’re trying to reach. If, for example, you’re a rock band and even pop, a tattoo parlor or a trendy clothing shop might do the trick. You can get 5 thousand cards made for about 200 bucks. Pitch the idea as 5 thousand cards distributed as promo at your show for $ 200, with your band on one side and their business on the other. Don’t say stuff like you’re offering the back of the card, because in all reality the card has NO back, it has two faces. They get 5,000 cards printed and distributed to people that are in their market and you get your card FREE! Works out for everybody.

2. If you know other gigging bands or artists putting out albums then work together and place small footers on each other’s posters. Your poster will feature a small footer with gigs/releases of five other artists let’s say… Each of those artists will in turn feature a small footer of your release/gig on their poster. You reach 5 times more people on average without any extra expense.

3. Sponsorships may be a bit hard to come by until you get a footing in your market. Sponsors look for bands/artists with a following. However, if you’ve started to build a following then you can definitely try to approach companies for a sponsorship. Offer space on all your promotional materials as well as advertising for the sponsor at your gigs.

Hopefully this has given you ideas about how to market your band. Remember that persistence pays off, so get to it.

With experience from playing in bands to producing underground music and managing artists, Stan Oldman has always been thoroughly involved in the music business. The current nyc band he manages is RED i CLAN.

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Information On Lap Band Surgery

August 11th, 2016

Lap band surgery is something that is giving many people a new lease on life. This procedure is allowing many people that suffer from obesity the ability to return to a healthy weight. However, many people want to know the price before they begin researching this weight loss option as a solution for their obesity problem. The article “Introduction to Lap-Band Surgery” also gives reasons why potential patients would want to have lapband or banding surgery.


Obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States with over 60% of the population classified as overweight or obese. It is a medical fact people who loose weight have improved blood pressure, cholesterol, glycemic control, and obstructive sleep apnea. Lowered body weight also reduces hypertension and type 2 diabetes. Even moderate weight loss among overweight and obese patients will reduce the incidence and severity of diabetes, a chronic condition that is linked to significant morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs.


Severe obesity is a chronic condition that is difficult to treat through diet and exercise alone. Extremely obese persons often do not benefit from the non-surgical treatments for weight loss and weight maintenance. When diet and exercise fail, more and more people are turning to surgery to deal with their obesity. Because of the relative lack of success of most fad diet programs, persons with obesity have turned to lapband surgery at an exponentially increasing rate.


Weight loss surgery is a serious undertaking and anyone contemplating this type of operation should have a full understanding of what it entails. Lapband or other banding type surgery may be the next step for people who remain severely obese after trying nonsurgical approaches, or for people who have an obesity-related disease.


Gastrointestinal surgery is an option for people who are severely obese and cannot lose weight by traditional means or who suffer from serious obesity-related health problems. The operation promotes weight loss by restricting food intake and, in some operations, interrupts the digestive process. As in other treatments for obesity, normally, the best results are achieved with healthy eating behaviors and regular physical activity.


Surgery is used for weight loss in severely obese adults who have been obese for at least five years and for whom non-surgical weight loss methods have not been successful. They must be willing to make major changes in their eating habits and lifestyle. Patients must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40, a BMI of at least 35 with one or more severe morbid (unhealthy) conditions, or be at least 100 pounds over their estimated ideal weight.


The Lap-Band is a surgically implanted device designed to help a person lose weight. The system consists of a hollow inflatable silicone band, tubing, and an access port. During the surgery the band is placed around the upper stomach to create a small pouch. This limits the patient’s food consumption and creates an earlier feeling of fullness. It also increases the time it takes for food to be digested.


The inflatable band is implanted by laparoscopic “keyhole” surgery and is then adjusted over time. The band is either tightened or loosened in order to meet the patient’s needs. Once the band is in place, it is inflated with saline. Subsequent adjustments are made through a portal or access port which is placed just under the skin.


The FDA approved Lap-Band surgery in 2001. The FDA approved Lap-Band based on a review of clinical studies of safety and effectiveness conducted by the manufacturer.


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Great Guitar Songs For a Band

August 10th, 2016

Like all great guitar based bands you need some great guitar songs but what exactly makes a great guitar song? Well there are a number of aspects such as an irresistible riff, a solo or jam that still impresses even after several times of listening to it and a final power chord that blows you away, causing you to replay the song time and time again. It is these aspects that make up some of the greatest songs such as Purple Haze – Jimmy Hendrix or A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles.

It is within the notes of the song that determine the greatest guitar moments, which is evident in songs such as the above as well as Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry and Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones. The notes of these songs portray a mixture of desire, fury, despair and joy but they do it in such a way that makes you feel all of these emotions at once. A great guitar song for a band has the need to say something new and to say it loud. This is because rock has a sound associated with impendence and taking a stand and the guitar is essential to undertaking this.

Great guitar songs have the ability to combine a mixture of styles and pull it off perfectly and it is great guitar songs, such as the ones that I have previously mentioned that give not only new and emerging bands the ability to gain an ear for music, but it also allows individuals too as well. It is through listening intently to songs that allows you to be able to distinguish between notes.

No matter how advanced you are with your guitar playing there will be some great guitar songs out there that are perfect for you, one example of this can be seen within the number of great guitar songs out there for guitar beginners.

Back In the USSR – The Beatles, Suffragette City – Bowie and Basket Case – Green Day as well as Molly’s Chamber – Kings of Leon are all prime examples of great guitar songs that are perfect for bands to play and learn from. Although all of these songs are pretty simple where the guitar work is concerned they are all memorable for the effect they had on the music world.

There are some impressive songs around that are relatively easy to play as they only consist of a few basic chords but by no means does this take anything away from the songs; they are still highly entertaining and well known. Green Day and The Beatles are two examples of this, songs by these artists are considered to be simple and easy to learn, making them the perfect starting point for bands. Talking of starting points for bands, Mr Tambourine Man – Bob Dylan, Wish you Were Here – Pink Floyd and Viva La Vida – Coldplay are also great guitar songs, perfect for new and up and coming band.

All of the above examples of music are all very diverse songs and they all have a difference when it comes to the levels of difficulty associated with playing them but nothing can doubt the fact that they are all great guitar songs.

It is through learning songs such as these that you are able to learn about correct pace and rhythm, which will help you advance onto more complex songs and of course will help you write your own.

Bandjammer is for people who want to have some fun, learning to play great rock songs. Our unique teaching methods support you every step of the way, for both Lead and Rhythm guitar.

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Learn to Play Guitar in a Band

August 9th, 2016

Playing a guitar as part of a band can do wonders for you. The reason that I say this comes down to the fact playing guitar not only builds your skills and techniques, but it also builds your confidence when it comes to the limit of your own abilities. Plus, it is a great way to impress your friends! You have two options when it comes to doing this; you can either learn to play rhythm or lead guitar but if you’ve never attempted to play guitar before just where do you start?

Both rhythm and lead guitar have difference aspects to master but when you are starting out as a beginner you need to learn the same basics for both before you go on to master the techniques associated with one particular one. In my opinion however it is very worthwhile, especially when you are playing guitar in a band to master both lead and rhythm guitar. When it comes to how you learn to play the guitar it can often be a daunting task but don’t worry there is plenty of help along the way.

The guitar is a very versatile instrument, the reason for this comes down to the fact it can be used in a wide variety of styles of music, this could be anything from death metal to rock or country or even classical music. In fact guitars can actually be used in pretty much any style of music. Also the guitar is considered to be one of the more approachable instruments; this is of course when you master the basics. The basics of guitar could take you months or even years to master depending on how often you practice and how quickly you pick up the skills. Once you have got the basics sorted it should be noted that you will need formal instruction at some point of your guitar tuition to really tighten up your skills.

Some of the most important basics that you can pick up is learning about cords. So to start off with what you should be aiming to do is learn songs that utilize single notes or power chords. What this will do is help you build finger strength, dexterity and familiarity with the guitar. Also to help you grasp the concept of chords it is also a good idea to tune your guitar. The reason for this is it will not only help you’re playing sound better but it will also give you an opportunity to familiarize yourself with which string and fret combinations correspond with which notes.

There is now a lot of help available when it comes to learning how to play the guitar. One example of this comes in the form Internet tuition, which is a very effective way of picking up the guitar skills that you need to make it in a band. Internet tuition involves playing along with an instructor who is demonstrating what you need to do in video format. This is effective as the song is broken down into various different stages and for each stage there is a unique video; these stages are; song structure, the chords, sound & rhythm, song intro, verse one, chorus, intro, verse, chorus, verse two & chorus, middle eight. This is a great way to learn as you can truly master a song when it is broken down in such a way. Sites that offer this form of tuition are one of the most effective methods when it comes to learning and honing guitar skills to be able to play in a band.

With the right tuition and plenty of practice you will be able to learn songs inside out and best of all you will learn and master the all important chord changes, time signatures and scales. As you rehearse more and more you will also find that you will be able to add variation to the songs that you are learning, which will then move you onto the next stage of playing guitar in a band, which is writing your own songs of course!

Bandjammer is for people who want to have some fun, learning to play great rock songs. Our unique teaching methods support you every step of the way, for both Lead and Rhythm guitar.

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Aaron Jones Band

July 27th, 2016

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Aaron Jones playing guitar

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Herbie Hancock Tribute feat. Dave Watts (The Motet), Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), Joey Porter (The Motet), Garrett Sayers (The Motet) and Dan Schwindt (Kyle Hollingsworth Band) w/ Special Guests

June 27th, 2016

Herbie Hancock Tribute feat. Dave Watts (The Motet), Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), Joey Porter (The Motet), Garrett Sayers (The Motet) and Dan Schwindt (Kyle Hollingsworth Band) w/ Special Guests
Event on 2016-08-03 21:00:00
Founder and drummer of The Motet.

Dave Watts and Friends will consist of:

Dave Watts -Drums
Matt Pitts -Sax
Ryan Jalbert -Guitar
John Grigsby -Bass
Shelton Summons -Keys
Big Gigantic is the Latest project from Dominic Lalli (Motet saxophonist/producer) and drummer Jeremy Salken. The two-man sound-machine of Lalli and Salken showcases an array of gripping composition combining elements of a DJ and a live band setup, mixing thoughtful melodic ideas, with pulsating dance tunes. Big Gigantic flavors the electronic music scene with powerful sax solos and soulful synth lines on top of super hot beats.
Keyboards – The Motet, Juno What?!
Garrett began studying jazz on upright bass and bass
guitar starting at a young age. He gained experience
coming up in the renowned music program of Hall High
School, and the local Hartford, CT jazz scene.
In 1996, Garrett was selected to join the National
Grammy In The Schools Jazz Program, an honor awarded
to only 40 people.

From 1996 – 1999 Garrett attended the New England
Conservatory in Boston where he studied with jazz
greats: Cecil McBee, Bob Moses, and Danilo Perez and
graduated with a Jazz Performance Diploma.
In addition, Garrett was selected for the prestigious
Thelonious Monk School: Jazz at Aspen summer program
in 1997.

Shortly after arriving in Boston Garrett formed the
Miracle Orchestra with fellow music school peers. For
5 years the Miracle Orchestra toured the country
gaining a devoted national fan base, while also
maintaining a solid local following, earning them
accolades such as Boston Magazines Best of Boston
"Best Local Jazz Group". The Miracle Orchestra sold
out numerous shows at their local haunt The House of
Blues in Boston as well as the legendary Wetlands in
New York City. The Miracle Orchestra released two
studio albums: "Coalescence" and "Forks Bends &
Spoons", and a live album: "Live Vol. 1".

Garrett was a founding member of the award-winning
jazz ensemble Dead Cat Bounce led by Matthew Steckler,
who were voted Boston's Best Local Jazz Act at the
2002 Boston Music Awards, and were winner of Boston
Phoenix Best Music Poll 2001 and 2002 also in the
category of Best Local Jazz Act. Garrett performed
with Dead Cat Bounce between 1996 and 2002 and
released two albums with them: "Lucky By Association"
and "Legends of the Nar" (Chonsky).

Between '99 and '01 Garrett performed with Bob Moses'
Mozamba, along with Sam Kininger and Neil Evans
(Soulive) and (DJ) Mr. Rouke. Mozamba performed at
several festivals including an opening set at Phish's
Oswego festival.

In 2002 Garrett joined the Boulder, CO based group The
Motet and toured the country playing over 250 shows
and festivals per year. In 2006 The Motet played in
front of an estimated 10,000 people at Bonnaroo and
shortly there after Bass Player Magazine wrote a
feature profile about Garrett in October, 2006. In
2007 the Motet performed one special gig with
Christian McBride where Garrett and Christian traded
bass lines and solos throughout the night, a career
highlight. Garrett has released two albums with the
Motet: "Music for Life" and "Instrumental Dissent".

In 2006, Garrett had the great honor of subbing for
Kai Eckhardt in his band Garaj Mahal alongside Fareed
Haque, Eric Levy, and Alan Hertz.

After performing several times with keyboard wizard
Kyle Hollingsworth (String Cheese Incident), he asked
Garrett in 2007 to join a new project called Soleside
featuring Speech (Arrested Developement), DJ Logic,
and Chief Excel (Blackalicious).

Since the Fall of 2007 Garrett has been touring the
States, Europe and Japan with Koch recording artist

Garrett has also been featured with: Carl Thomas,
Loulou (Thievery Corporation), Marcus Eaton, Goodbye
Champion, magicgravy, Henry Butler, Russel Batiste
(The Funky Meters), Steve Perkins (Jane's Addiction),
Robert Walter, and Papa Mali.
Dan Schwindt is a freelance guitarist based out of Denver, Colorado. He has been working as a professional performer and educator for the past ten years primarily in Colorado's Front Range. Working mainly as a sideman, Dan has had the opportunity to play in a wide variety of ensembles and genres of music. Some recent highlights have included playing with Karl Denson (Tiny Universe), Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), Jeff Coffin (Dave Mathews Band), George Porter (The Meters), DJ Logic, Zach Gill (Jack Johnson) Speech (Arrested Development), Eric Marienthal, Karrin Allyson, Peter Eldridge, Eric Krasno (Soulive) and Michael Brecker.

While in Denver, Dan is a regular member of the Kyle Hollingsworth Band (of String Cheese Incident), The Motet, Supercollider, Rekha Ohal trio and the Jonny Mogambo Band. Dan also regularly works with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) as an orchestra-pit musician, where he recently was contracted for Molly Ringwald's "Sweet Charity", Oprah Winfrey's "The Color Purple" and Dolly Parton's "9-5".

Dan grew up in Seattle, Washington, where he learned to hide from the rain, compile an awesome collection of flannel T-shirts, and build igloos in the snow. The son of an opera singer and a research scientist, Dan grew fond of music and creativity at a young age. He was in advanced ceramics in the 8th grade and got an A-.

Dan first started playing guitar at age 12, learning as many Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath tunes as possible. This continued to progress into the early 90s and the heyday of Seattle grunge scene. After transcribing Nirvana's "Nevermind" album in its entirety along with Pearl Jam's "Ten" during freshman year of high school, Dan knew all he ever needed to know about the guitar and retired.

After a lengthy 3-month hiatus Dan's first teacher and musical mentor, David O'Suna, gave him a copy of "Wes Montgomery Plays the Blues" and John Coltrane's "Giant Steps". Dan's life now took a turn for the better as he realized he would be embarking on a life long journey of musical exploration and improvisation.

After graduating from Shorecrest High School in 1995 Dan earned a scholarship to the University of North Texas's College of Music. While in college he was able to study and play with notable musicians such as Fred Hamilton, Dan Hearle, Ed Soph, Mike Stern, Joe Diorio, Ron Eschete, Wayne Krantz, Dave Liebman and many others. At UNT Dan received a world-class education in jazz and classical performance, composition, arranging, and barbecue.

Dan's passion for music has led him to tour all over the country playing primarily with jazz, blues, rock, funk, singer songwriters, and jam bands. His passion for music is equally paired with his enthusiasm for nature and the outdoors, which is why he currently lives at the edge of the Rocky Mountains in Denver, CO.

at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
2637 Welton Street
Denver, United States

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We’re getting the band back together, man!

June 16th, 2016

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American Revolutionary War Hero, Gen. Casimir Pulaski, by Kasimir Chodzinski (d. 1920)
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Statue dedicated: 1910.
Equestrian portrait in bronze of Revolutionary War hero Brigadier General Pulaski (dead at age 34) dressed in the uniform of a cavalry commander from his native Poland. His garb consists of a military jacket with a long cape and a hat adorned with fur and feathers. His feet are in the stirrups, and he holds the horse’s reins with both hands. The horse trots with its head raised up and its proper [subject’s POV] right foot raised. The sculpture rests on an oval base decorated with a band of foliage and Greek key design. Wreathes flank the inscriptions which appear on the long sides of the base. Three steps lead up to the base.
Located in Freedom Plaza, at Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th Street NW, Washington, DC.

Documentation from the Art Inventories Catalog of the Smithsonian American Art Museum:…

More about Pulaski:
Pulaski’s date of birth has been subject to contention, although it seems to have been now proven as 1745.

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June 3rd, 2016

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From: Nevada, USA
Director: Mr. Benjamin Franke

The Coronado High School Marching Band
hails from Henderson, Nevada USA.
The band’s members are aged 14-18. Most
recently, the Coronado Marching Band
represented the state of Nevada in the 2013
United States National Independence Day
Parade in Washington, D.C.

1982 APRIL Roll 3 0008 Agfa64
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April 1982, Pentax K-1000, Asahi Pentax-M 50mm prime lens, Takumar 300mm telephoto lens, teenagers, high school, band geeks, marching band, Herbert Hoover High School of Fresno Central California, Washington DC, Agfachrome64 Film,

Music For Plants – Part XI
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Music For Plants playing live at the Washington County Fairgrounds during the 2011 Bikes, Blues and BBQ Festival in Fayetteville, AR.

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