THE VILLAGES JAZZ WORKSHOP
The Villages Jazz Workshop was founded as just that, a workshop, or “lab” band;
it’s a place for people who aren’t necessarily steeped in jazz playing and want
to learn more about it. Accordingly, the group is primarily a rehearsal
band, though we also give a performance or two during the year.
Importantly, all are welcome — with the exception of the rhythm section, we do
not constrain the instrumentation to the standard eight brass and five woodwind configuration, so our size varies somewhat from week to week. While we
do suggest a reasonable comfort level on your instrument and some degree
of sight-reading ability, we don’t care at all how much jazz experience you may
or may not have. Just come and join in the fun!
Wednesday, 8:30 to 10:30am, Laurel Manor
Lew Buckley 860-705-3858
After more than a year of not meeting because of the pandemic,
approximately 100 members from the Bands of The Villages (BOTV) came
together early in June to begin “in-person” rehearsals. The reason was to
prepare for the annual 4th of July Patriotic Concert! The Mulberry Recreation
Center buzzed with excitement as the delighted musicians finally were
meeting and playing music again.
The three BOTV directors: Jean Butler (Concert Band), Ward Green (New
Horizons), and Hugh Wicks (Hometown Band) took turns directing
the enthusiastic group! Musicians were volunteers from the three bands.
Although many had participated throughout the “lock down” in Zoom
rehearsals, it was a thrill for them to join colleagues to play music together.
It was an even greater thrill to learn in a few weeks they would play a live
concert for an audience!
The evening of the concert, the band was proudly wearing red, white,
and blue clothing. They were locked, loaded, and ready to play tunes such
as “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars”, “An American Spectacular”, and
American Folks Rhapsody”. The restricted audience of about 80-90 family
and friends outdid themselves by clapping and cheering for the flag-waving
The band’s season concluded with the concert because of the summer break.
In the Fall good news is anticipated when the three bands return to their
usual rehearsals and performances. Check the BOTV websites for
information about performances. It will be a pleasure to once again
recommend attendance at the BOTV concerts—for sure, the bands will be
ready to entertain you!
The Villages Concert Band
is active in the area, supporting groups and organizations with the funds from all concerts.
Jean Butler, the conductor of The Villages Concert Band has built a great musical organization here in The Villages that approaches every playing opportunity with tremendous professionalism. Interested in becoming a part of The Villages Concert Band?
Jean Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance Policy for playing a Concert
rehearsals are expectations for
a bandsman to play
in the concerts.
There could be cogent reasons that prohibit attendance at every rehearsal.
However, the band’s
policy to play in a concert include attendance of the
last four rehearsals
plus the dress
If there are unusual
the attendance requirements,
a member may
contact the Director
in an effort to obtain
Section leaders are
to be informed about
THE VILLAGES JAZZ WORKSHOP CALENDAR
8:30 - 10:30am
Laurel Manor Rec Ctr
1985 Laurel Manor Dr
The Villages, FL. 32162
Do Not Arrive Before
8am. Bring ID Card