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RockBand Ensemble Auditions – FREE!

Join us for the Toronto Guitar School’s 4th and First RockBand & Ensemble Auditions of 2018! It’s FREE to audition! All instruments and levels are welcome!

We will be aiming to start up new additional bands this month and fill a few spots in our 4 existing RockBands and Ensembles that rehearse Thursday evenings at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 PM for an hour.

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. Mint Music and The Toronto Guitar School has free concerts 3x a year open to the public which your group is welcome to perform at. Other performance, recording and even video opportunities also exist for those that are interested.

Members that come to the RockBand auditions will have the opportunity to attend weekly rehearsals starting the week of March 15th. These weekly rehearsals will run for a period of 3 weeks until March 29th. Members will then have the opportunity to renew for another round of 8 sessions with their band starting April 5th. Each weekly rehearsal for the trial 3 week period costs $20.

SPECIAL OFFER:

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 April 5th, 2018. 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

For our complete roster of teachers click on the link below http://torontoguitarschool.com/our-teachers/

LEONARDO CIOTTI

Leonardo has been playing guitar, bass, drums and singing professionally since 1998.

He has performed in a number of professional bands over the past 20 years and has given hundreds of concerts at international recognized venues in Brazil, such as HSBC Music Hall, Credicard Hall, Porto Seguro Theatre and Citibank Hall for live audiences as large as 50,000 people. As a composer, Leo has written more than 200 of his own original songs has also written countless songs and scores for tv shows, commercial jingles, and various professional artists. In his role as band leader and front man he has been interviewed on television and radio multiple times and performed live on tv shows like Agora é Tarde (TV Bandeirantes), Jornal da Record (Record TV), Todo Seu (TV Gazeta) and SBT, all Brazilian TV Channels.

Leonardo has built and designed 4 commercial studios in Brazil from 2002 to 2016 and since May 2017 Leonardo has been a senior engineer at Mint Music’s Recording Studios in Toronto. Leonardo has recorded and produced hundreds of songs in numerous genres and styles over his recording career. Leonardo is fluent ProTools, Cubase, Logic, FL Studio, WaveLab and Studio One and has taught engineering and recording since 2008. As an award-winner filmmaker, Leo has done music recording and audio for film and television, Foley, editing and mixing in surround and stereo.

Leo is a passionate music educator and his extensive studio and musical experience is a great resource for his private students, ensembles, and classes he teaches. Regardless of any student’s skill level, Leo knows how to bring the best in everyone, creating a comfortable and dynamic teaching environment where everyone can succeed.

KC ROBERTS

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.

ANDRE VALERIO

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.

GLEN ALAN

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…

DANIEL RAMJATTAN

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.

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