It’s OFFICIAL now! Ukulele will be featured regularly at Maine Fiddle Camp. For the past several years, ukuleles have been very prevalent at Camp (see this video of a “barn dance” where ukes are “all over” the final foxtrot! ), so much so that we are now going to make a big deal about it. Frets Halligan originally came to camp as a camper and taught a few specialty workshops in uke and things quickly “got out of hand”. The response was so overwhelming that last year Frets taught regular classes in uke.
Margery LandisMargery Landis has been teaching instrumental music in MSAD #75 since 1986. First she taught at the elementary level, and has been at Mt. Ararat Middle School since 1995. Margie’s bands have performed in the Hall of Flags in Augusta, the Augusta Civic Center, in Providence, RI for the New England League of Middle Schools Conference, MMEA Conferences (1995, 2003, 2007), and along the shores of Merrymeeting Bay. During the 2008-2009 school year she took a leave of absence in order to study music therapy at Arizona State University in Tempe. Her current teaching responsibilities at Mt. Ararat include 7th & 8th grade concert band, 7th & 8th grade jazz band, and 6th grade general music. In 1992 she founded a multi-generational community band called The Merrymeeting Community Band. The band performs throughout the summer months in the mid-coast area and will proudly celebrate their 25th season in 2016. Margie plays the horn and serves on the applied music faculty at Bates College. She studies ukulele with Joel Eckhaus in South Portland, and attends the Strathmore Ukulele Summit in Bethesda, Maryland and the Aloha Music Camp in Hawaii. During the fall, she teaches beginning and intermediate ukulele through Merrymeeting Adult Education, and has formed The Ukulele Club of Brunswick, which plays monthly at the Brunswick Inn. She holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music History from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Music Degree in Performance from the University of Idaho.
Kenny RaskinKenny first picked up a ukulele at age 8, when a family friend bought him one. Now 50 plus years later, he’s not half bad! He’s got a menagerie of them, from soprano to baritone, and plays a variety of styles, swing music being his favorite. He taught an afternoon workshop in 2016 and Doug spied on him. He must have liked what he saw, because lo and behold, he put him on the staff! Kenny has been an actor and physical comedian for 35 years, and has performed internationally, as well as on Broadway. He also starred as the lead clown in Cirque du Soleil’s Nouvelle Experience. He, his wife Joanna and their son Evan are perennial campers at August week 1.
Lissa SchneckenburgerA new England fiddler and folk singer, Lissa grew up in Maine as an active member of the folk music and dance community, where she cut her teeth as a musician at a very young age. She has continued to explore music throughout her life, leading to her graduation from The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts (2001). Her list of mentors includes Greg Boardman, Alasdair Fraser, David Kaynor, and Hankus Netsky. While embracing a diverse pallet of musical influences, she still stays true to her New England roots. For more info on Lissa, check out her website at www.lissafiddle.com
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