What are we up to?
The Cello Mafia is a multi-level cello ensemble in Missoula Montana. The ensemble will be performing at Caras Park on Wednesday, August 22nd for Out to Lunch. This is a free, family-friendly event that runs from 11 to 2 p.m. Come check it out!
This summer the Cello Mafia split into two groups. Each group worked on their own music, along with several mixed group tunes, and are excited to share what they've prepared. Both groups perform arrangements of current and classic pop hits made specifically for the performers involved. We have a blast putting this music onto our instruments and we can't wait to perform for you!
We've been busy over at MCT getting our fingers limber and our rhythm sharp!
Tiny Fiddlers, oh my! Can they get any cuter??
And our Little Fiddlers are excellent this summer. Go, team! And kudos to Anna, their wonderful teaching artist!
We joined in with the Washington Orchestras for 3 performances on May 10, 2018. Here's a taste of one of our latest tunes (a favorite by many in the group!)...
Not certain about our longevity factor, but we sure support the 4 R's! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and ROCK. We will be honoring Earth Day and celebrating our mothership this Sunday, April 22nd at MUD. This day promises to be chock-full of family fun, goodies, food, and education on how we can lighten our collective footprints!
Check out MUD and all events here: EARTH DAY @ MUD
We play at 1pm - and the kids sound GREAT!!
Seven Grow Music students participated in the Suzuki Strings, opening for all 3 of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concerts! Here's a little taste...
Thanks to the ALL students for practicing hard and memorizing their parts, thanks to the teachers in this community who enrich so many lives with their mentorship, and to the parents for their unending support and commitment to their kids musical growth!
You are so appreciated!! Happy Holidays!!
They sure clean up nicely! But this is what they look like most of the time... heh heh
It was a rainy Autumn day in Missoula and so I thought a Sarabande might be the right fit. I hope you can find enjoyment in it, whatever your weather!
From MCPS "String-o-rama 2017" - thanks for having us, Ryan Belski!!
Anna and her crew of Tiny Fiddlers just finished up their last class of the session.
Best job ever?? Just look at these kiddos! Gah!
What is one thing Missoula has got going for it, you ask? A LOT OF YOUNG STRING PLAYERS!!
String-o-rama is a celebration of and first performance by all the 5th graders in Missoula public schools who have chosen a bowed string instrument to begin their (hopefully, lifelong) musical journeys!
This was the third year that the Cello Mafia was invited to be the opening "special act" for all three performances.
For this concert, the CM featured a whopping 23 cellists (and special guest, Mr. Belski on guitar)!
We played two new arrangements, Something Just Like This (Chainsmokers/Coldplay) and Hand Clap (Fitz & the Tantrums) to three packed gymnasiums full of supportive parents and families of all the featured young musicians.
How far can one go in a year, you ask? Well, this installment of the CM included 4 cellists who just started LAST YEAR as 5th graders and who saw us play last year at String-o-rama AND one CURRENT 5th grader! Fantastic!
The rest of the group is comprised of 6-9th graders. And some super duper support and expertise from local professionals Britta Thomas, Matt Wellert, Janet Haarvig, and Erika Hoaby. All parts are arranged for each level involved - from simple bass or lead tones to some of the more advanced students trying out thumb position for the first time!
Check em out:
I've got to admit, I have be sorely lagging on updating this blog. But it's definitely NOT because there isn't anything going on!! To the contrary...
We are BUSY and BUSTLING over here at Grow Music with all sorts of fun sounds and songs!!
THIS SATURDAY - Cello Mafia plays River City Roots Fest on the Caras Park Family Stage at noon!
We've got great new arrangements and over 20 CELLISTS!! WHOA!!
Come check us out. Free. Fun. 12-12:45pm this Sat, Aug 26th.
musings from Fiddleland