About the Albuquerque Megaband
“The Albuquerque Megaband” is an open community band which provides an opportunity for musicians to get together and play acoustic string band music. The objective is for participants to improve their musical skills while also building a repertoire of tunes such as those that are played for American folk dances. Much of the music is based on traditional banjo and fiddle tunes but the repertoire includes tunes, old and new, representing styles from throughout the U.S., Canada and beyond.
The Megaband practices once a month and plays for dances every other month. Musicians of all skill levels are invited to participate. While much of the music is available as sheet music, the emphasis is on the aural tradition (i.e. playing by ear). Participants are encouraged to bring suggestions for tunes they would like to learn to the practices.
Megaband practices are held on the second Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE (www.applemtnmusic.com/). Though membership is encouraged, participants do not need to be members of FolkMADS. There is no fee for participation however, donations will be accepted to cover expenses.
Second Saturdays (1/14, 2/11, 3/11, etc.) 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Fee: None
Tune lists are available now and then at practices. A collectible vintage edition is available in PDF here. An updated tune list is available here. A collection of recorded bits of tunes we’ve played at practice sessions in the past is available in mp3 format. Click the “tunes” link above to go to the collection. Also on the “tunes” page is a link to an archive of Bruce Thomson’s “Tune of the Month” selections in ABC format.
Questions regarding the Megaband may be sent to Bruce Thomson.
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