Date(s) - 13/09/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mint Music Yonge & Dundas
WHAT TO EXPECT
During your audition, a Toronto Guitar School instructor will interview you about your past experience, playing ability, musical interests and hear you play. After the audition session, each member will be put into groups to get ready for band rehearsals!
HOW IT WORKS
Bring your instrument to the audition so you can meet and jam with others. We will provide all the necessary amps and sound equipment you will need for the audition. A drum set, piano and/or keyboard, guitar amps and a PA will be available for those that need it. You’ll also get a chance to tour our studios and have all your questions answered. Each group will be supervised by a Toronto Guitar School instructor who will assist with the running or organization of the rehearsals.
Members that come to the RockBand auditions will have the opportunity to attend weekly rehearsals starting the first week of September. These weekly rehearsals cost $20 per session and run for 8 weeks starting September 20th.
Please note that if you have attended a RockBand audition in the last month it is not necessary to audition again.
Mint Music and The Toronto Guitar School organize free school concerts 3x a year open to the public which your group is welcome to perform at. Other performance opportunities, professional recording and video services also exist for those that are interested.
As a special thank you for those that join our RockBand program in March you will get:
1) The reduced RockBand fee of $20 instead of $25 regular class fee.
2) A GIFT CERTIFICATE for 50% OFF a 1 HOUR PRIVATE MUSIC LESSON at the Toronto Guitar School or Mint Music – a savings of $37.50!
* this offer only applies to new students only not those currently enrolled in private lessons at the Toronto Guitar School or Mint Music. Offer expires on the last class of your RockBand session. Subject to teacher availability. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.
We look forward to meeting everyone and welcoming you into our musical community!
TORONTO GUITAR SCHOOL TEACHERS
Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Andre Valerio is in high demand as a guitarist, composer, and arranger. Andre’s versatility has taken him around the world to perform in important music festivals and venues in Canada, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Brazil. His interest in music began at a very young age after listening to Brazil’s most enduring musical genres, Bossa Nova. Inspired to compose and arrange since he was a teenager, for many years Andre studied classical guitar, jazz and Latin music among other styles. His deep passion for music led him to learn six instruments: acoustic guitar, piano, mandolin, cavaquinho, bass and electric guitar.
KC is an established singer/songwriter in Toronto, having written and recorded 100+ original songs in his career thus far. Since 2007, he has been the leader/singer/guitar player of an 8 piece band called KC Roberts & The Live Revolution (KCLR). KCLR has released 5 full-length records, played festivals and shows all over Canada and the U.S, Sold over 3,000 CD’s in Japan, acquired hundreds of thousands of youtube views on their channel, and have a large and loyal fan base across the country. A large portion of KCLR’s fans are musicians, who enjoy the bands writing, arrangements and musicianship. The band unique approach, as well as KC’s writing and arranging, inspire many of the young and older musicians to pursue their instruments and playing in deeper ways. KC is the principal songwriter and musical director of the band, having written most of the horn lines, bass lines, grooves, melodies and chordal harmony and all the lyrics and guitar parts in the band’s catalog. They just recently finished a 20-day west coast tour starting in Edmonton and ending in L.A. KC’s music is regularly played on CBC radio.
Glen Alan is a professional musician, composer, recording producer and a passionate music educator. Glen holds his Music Performance Diploma from Humber College (First Class Honours). Glen has been playing, recording and teaching music professionally for over 20 years.
Glen Alan has collaborated and performed with internationally recognized artists such as Keifer Sutherland, David (Soulfingers) Williamson, Jackie Richardson, Don Ross, Paul Delong (Earth Wind and Fire), Brian Dickinson, Wendell Fergerson, Dylan Bell & Suba Sankaran, Christopher Plock, Natalie McMaster, Tim Bovaconti, Lenny Soloman, and many others…
Paul studied at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Music. He is an Irish songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and touring musician for over 12 years. Career highlights to date include performing across Europe and North America, as well as accumulating over 4 million streams of original compositions through independent releases in addition to working with artists such as Sir. Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Sarah MacDougall, and many more. He has previous experience as a music producer for theatrical shows such as independent Irish play “Two of Clubs” and as a sound designer/engineer “Scene + Heard Festival.”
Daniel Ramjattan started performing on the guitar at ten years old in Stratford, Ontario. After studying with Dave Santandrea for several years, he began studies with Wilma Van Berkel. Since then, his playing has become increasingly distinguished in Canada. Most recently, Daniel placed second in the 2016 FCMF National Music Competition, held in Edmonton, Alberta. In the past, he received the second place prize in the National level of the Canadian Music Competition and First Prize in the Concours de Guitare Outaouais-Gatineau.
He received the Domaine Forget International Music Academy guitar award in 2013 as well as the first prize in the Open Level of the Ontario Music Festivals Association Provincial Guitar competition in both 2014 and 2016. Daniel also placed as a finalist in the 2014 Hamilton International Guitar Competition. Daniel has received lessons and masterclasses from world-renowned guitarists such as Denis Azabagic, Jorge Caballero, Pavel Steidl, Sergio Assad, Lorenzo Micheli, Pepe Romero, Fabio Zanon, Bruce Holzman, Remi Boucher, and Jerome Ducharme. He recently received the Nalini Perera Scholarship from the University of Ottawa, which will permit him to study with Lorenzo Micheli in Austria and Italy in Summer 2017.
Daniel has a particular love for new music and the music of new composers and has premiered works by Daniel Mehdizadeh, Raphael Weinroth-Browne, Julian Bertino, and several others, which can be found on his Youtube channel. He looks forward to premiering a work by Ricardo Mateus with Zac Pulak in Vienna in 2018.
He most recently became a member of the Ottawa New Music Creators, and his bio is featured on their website. He is part of a dynamic new ensemble, known as The Ramjattan-Pulak Machine, or RPM Duo, with percussionist Zac Pulak, and they have recently been slated for several concerts across Quebec, Edmonton, and Winnipeg in 2017-2018. He also frequently performs in recital and in concert with violinist Marlena Pellegrino in the InfraRed Ensemble.
Daniel holds a Master’s degree and a Bachelor of Music Degree in classical guitar performance from the University of Ottawa. He also studied with world-renowned pedagogue Bruce Holzman in Tallahassee, Florida for a semester in Fall 2014. Daniel will be pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Toronto with Dr. Jeffrey McFadden in Fall 2017.