Workshop with Brad Muirhead, Monday January 23d

Hello every one, I’m very excited to remind every body of our first guest workshop facilatator of the year, Brad Muirhead. While he will be bringing his own agenda, a couple tunes to have prepared for him are:

1. Bella Ciao, Millipede, Yeep!, Elsa’s Strut

2. New tunes! Cascade (please practice), and Drummer Girlz

3. Revisit: 6135, Work Song, Yarrr… tiz a waltz


ps- please check out my new video, and pass it along. I’m longing for internet fame;)

Samba Workshop!!! with Sean Park; Monday Sep 12

The first half of the work shop will be drum focused, so horn players, please bring percussion instruments, Sean will also provide some instruments. I highly encourage horns to get involved with the drums, as it will help you understand what the drums are doing, and help bridge communication between drums and horns.

I also wanna touch on the Work Song, the off beat brass shots in Yeep!, and Ross’ new tune ‘Sub-Prime”

Below are some words and links form Sean:
There’s two rhythms that I’d like to share with the group (below). I can only really teach the percussion parts with any skill – I sense the horns are an eclectic go with the flow bunch and can muster up something to go with it that’s inspired by this. I will bring along a bunch of my instruments. Also, if folks are interested, me and a few peeps are starting a community afro-brazilian inspired percussion orchestra this week. We go 6-9PM every Sunday at the DharmaLab (1814 Pender). Free for everyone, instruments provided too. They can email at to find out more.

Looking forward to Monday!


August 24 2009: Vocal Workshop with Patti Powell

Carnival Band Fans,

We are producing a special workshop on Monday, August 24th. Vocal coach Patti Powell will be joining us at Britannia Centre at 7:30pm. Patti is the director of Acapellaboratory, a community choir out of Lions Den at Adanac and Commercial Drive. They perform sacred and not so sacred music from around the world. Come join us in learning how to sing!!

Yours in Community,

The Carnival Band

Sep 1 2008: Samba rhythm workshop with Paul Bray

The Open Air Orchestra Society is proud to offer yet another free workshop with yet another terrific musician. Paul Bray will be leading a samba percussion workshop from 7:30 – 10pm on Monday, September 1st in the common room of the Grace MacInnis Housing Co-op, 825 Salsbury Drive.

Paul Bray is a dynamic and charismatic percussionist working as a music educator and performer in Vancouver. First schooled in classical styles, Paul has focused his attention to African influenced styles, specializing in Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian folkloric styles.

Paul has studied extensively in Cuba and has collaborated with Vancouver’s Afro-Bahia Dance Productions and Yasse Afro-Arts. He also works as a studio musician and directs Sambata, Vancouver’s 20-piece Escola de Samba.

Currently, Paul is the percussion instructor at the Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach – an Arts Umbrella youth program, and is guest instructor with the Britannia World Rhythms Ensemble. In the performing arena Paul is a member of Tambor Iroko, led by Jack Duncan, Candela, and a regular club percussionist, collaborating with local DJ’s in Vancouver.

May 18 2008: African Percussion Workshop with Russell Shumsky

This workshop is uniquely crafted for the Carnival Band and will be held at the Strathcona Community Centre on May 18th, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. All are welcome to this event, which is free of charge.

Russell Shumsky is a professional drummer and teacher with over twenty years of experience. Skilled on the marimba, djembé, dunduns, bodhran, and congas, Russell is both an incredible performer and a patient facilitator. He has traveled to West Africa five times to learn from master drummers and bring back their powerful rhythms. He also studied music at the University of Victoria and Vancouver Community Collage.

Russell regularly leads 8-week hand drumming courses, and hosts drum circles throughout Vancouver. To find out more, go to

Feb 11 2008: Latin Percussion Workshop with Pepe Danza

Pepe Danza, the well-known and highly sought-after local percussionist, will be hosting a 2-hour workshop specifically for the rhythm section of The Carnival Band on February 11th, 2008. A native of Montevideo, Uruguay, Joseph “Pepe” Danza started his professional career at thirteen, then studied at the National Conservatory. Pepe quickly developed an interest in world music and spent three years studying shakuhachi in Japan, and two years studying Indian music in India and Sri Lanka. Moving to Canada in 1989, he quickly established himself as one of the foremost drummers and band leaders on the West coast. His credits include performances with South Indian master drummer Trichy Sankaran, and concert tours throughout Europe, Korea and New Zealand.