6253
Carmel Valley
Road Scholar Big Band
Join a professional conductor and fellow Road Scholars for the Big Band adventure of a lifetime! You’ll enjoy small-group rehearsals, expert instruction and put on a live performance!
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Program No. 6253RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Registration & Orientation Welcome Dinner
Carmel Valley, CA
D
Wright Hall

Afternoon: 2:00 – 5:00 pm Check-In at the Hidden Valley office and receive your program book, up to date schedule, and name tag.

Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner: Welcome Dinner & Orientation. Like all meals at Hidden Valley, dinner is served buffet-style and presents selections from the "salad bowl of the universe" as well as tastefully prepared entrees made in our own kitchen. All baked goods are also prepared here on campus.

DAY
2
Rehearsal Introductions and Ear Training Lecture
Carmel Valley, CA
B,L,D
Wright Hall

Breakfast: 7:30 am Optional morning stretching class followed by 8:30 AM Breakfast. Every day begins with a very popular long, slow stretching and breathing class before breakfast. No need for special clothing or shoes and no need for a shower afterwards. Breakfast is prepared fresh each day in our campus kitchen and served buffet style. Warm from the oven baked goods accompany the normal breakfast offerings of oatmeal, eggs, grits, fruit, etc.

Morning: Big Band Rehearsal. Under the guidance of expert teacher, Craig Buhler, begin to learn the week's repertoire and to play as a cohesive band.

Lunch: Buffet Lunch in the Dining Room and an opportunity to enjoy wonderful soups, sandwich makings and, at least on one day, a marvelous Asian lunch . . . all prepared in our kitchen and served by the staff that's been with us for over 20 years.

Afternoon: Ear Training Lecture presented by Craig Buhler. Playing by ear is a thrilling experience. With this skill, your instrument can reproduce any song you can whistle or imagine, in any key. i’ve taught this method for years and have used it in my own performances. Craig has researched extensively in order to improve his ear training methods and has developed a comprehensive approach to the art of playing by ear.

Dinner: Buffet Dinner is served (often accompanied by California wines) and features a buffet with copious greens (many from our own organic gardens) along with the entree.

Evening: Big Band Rehearsal

DAY
3
Free Afternoon
Carmel Valley, CA
B,L,D
Wright Hall

Breakfast: Breakfast

Morning: Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare particpants for the day's activities followed by Breakfast and then Big Band Rehearsals.

Lunch: Sack lunch provided for free afternoon.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon to explore the area. Sack lunches provided.

Dinner: Buffet Dinner in Dining Room

Evening: 7:00 pm Rehearsal

DAY
4
Big Band Rehearsals & Freelance Combos
Carmel Valley, CA
B,L,D
Wright Hall

Breakfast: 8:30 am Breakfast

Morning: Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare particpants for the day's activities followed by Breakfast and then Big Band Rehearsals.

Lunch: 12:00 pm Lunch

Afternoon: Big Band Rehearsals continue as the group continues to learn the week's repertoire and prepare to perform at the end of the program.

Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner

Evening: Freelance Combos. Enjoy free time to do jam sessions with your fellow musicians. A grand ole time of fun, laughter, camaraderie, and creative music exploration.

DAY
5
Perform at the Big Band Dinner Dance!
Carmel Valley, CA
B,L
Wright Hall

Breakfast: 8:30 am Breakfast

Morning: Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare particpants for the day's activities followed by Breakfast and then Big Band Rehearsals.

Lunch: 12:00 pm Lunch

Afternoon: Freelance Combos. Enjoy the afternoon with more casual music playing or simply relax and prepare for the evening performance.

Evening: Big Band Dinner Dance - Why stroll back in time when you can swing back in time! Participants perform the week's repertoire to an audience of dinner goers and dancers at an evening celebration of Big Band live music and swing dance. Reception Follows.

DAY
6
Farewell Breakfast & Program Concludes
Carmel Valley, CA
B

Breakfast: Farewell Breakfast.