Many of our performances end with parents asking us how their musical kid can join The Minor Key. Most of the time we are fairly full and cannot take on new members, but due to the fact that our oldest members are graduating soon we now have room to take on a bunch of new members. This is a great opportunity that does not happen very often. If you think this group might be right for you, it's time to dig in and learn more now.
What is The Minor Key?
It's a non-profit children's music band made up of kids who write songs and then perform that music locally (as well as some cover songs) as a semi-professional group. The group is led by children's music performer Buddy Dubay. We have performed in many schools, libraries, parks, farmer's markets, and other businesses. Most recently we have been enjoying playing at On Tap in Essex Junction. We'll be there again on January 7th, come watch us!
How old do you have to be to join?
Our youngest performers have been first graders, and many are in middle school. What's too old? Our graduating members are all in high school and have gone on to form bands of their own, they have now become music leaders. What's important is that whatever age the child joining the Minor Key is, he or she can handle the 3 hour practices and commitment to the band. A sincere passion and excitement for music and performing is a must.
Will you teach me how to play guitar?
Nope. There isn't time at our rehearsals to teach anyone how to play an instrument that you know nothing about, so if you want to play guitar with us you'll have to come in with some of your own knowledge, BUT in the spirit of the team effort, many times kids help each other learn a bit. You will learn how to use a microphone properly, and you can learn as much as you'd like to know about the PA system. You'll be learning about song writing and brainstorming ideas and speaking up about what you think works best and what stinks. And you'll learn about performing and working in a band!
What kind of commitment is this?
The Minor Key usually meets every other weekend for a 3 hour practice on Sunday afternoons. In addition to that we have performances and sometimes extra practices to prepare for our performances. Membership usually begins on February 1st and ends the following January 30th. YUP, you read that right, each membership lasts for a whole year, and most of our performances happen during the summer months so there is no official break. It is expected that each member will have times of family commitments when they cannot be at a performance or a rehearsal, but it is the exception, not the norm. If you were to compare this group to a sports team, it is like an all-stars team, not a rec league, it is a serious commitment.
How much does it cost?
The annual membership dues for 2012 are $275 per child.
Can we talk about this more in person?
Yes! Please call Buddy Dubay at 825-0760 for more information or email him at
. We'd love for you to come to one of our rehearsals, meet some of the kids and other parents and try it out.