WHAT a BLAST!!! Holy cow! There are many photos in my photo album, but in this post, I will have a few of the highlights.
Not only was it absolutely beautiful- but there was so much talent. The other teachers there were, Andy Andrews, Joel Eckhaus, Dave Egan, Jason Arimoto, Gerald Ross, Mike DaSilva, Kumu Pomaika’i, and Heidi Swedberg. All of them were phenomenal to work with. I was set to teach a class with Rick Turner, but unfortunately he was too ill to join us, so we got to see Mike DaSilva instead.
The first day was a so busy- I must admit, after teaching 4 classes that day I was wiped out… BUT there was jamming to be had afterward and the show had to go on! We had great bonfire and sing a long. Everyone got their chance to lead the group and it was quite a treat.
The 2nd day was even better than the first- my classes were in full swing. Dave Egan had stepped in to help me teach a class on arranging Jazz tunes; he gave a lot of great advice and he was a pleasure to work with. The 2nd day was also the day that I realized that I was going to have to watch what I was eating. The food was SO good, and I was stuffing myself a little too much… Plus the meal times would just sneak up on you- next thing you knew the bell was ringing and it was time for a meal. If you were ever hungry at this place, it was your own fault. That evening was more jamming- but we also did a fun raffle, where I got to model the AMAZING vintage Hula Outfit. The proceeds went to benefit a school music program. It was awesome.
I was fully expecting to be totally wiped out by day three, but honestly, I was full of energy! I was ready for my students and happy to be teaching. I was so proud of my first class of the day; the Jazz Arranging class (also called Cheap Tricks – HA!) was quite a challenge. Folks were ready for me to step it up a notch and show them the tune, “Misty”. We got through the A section of the song, which, if you think about it, is 3/4 of the tune. I was so thankful they were up for the challenge. AND I will (I promise) put up a video this coming weekend for you guys! Thank you for your patience. Also that day I got to teach with Gerald Ross. Honestly, this was a highlight of the retreat for me. I had never been able to have the chance to play with him, and it was so much fun. I learned a lot from doing tunes with him, and it was excited to hear about how he approaches songs.
That evening was amazing- it was too awesome for words.. FIRST of all we had a surprise guest- Mr. Jim D’Ville… Or Coup D’Ville (his twin brother). No one (except a few selected few) knew he was coming and it was a real treat. He also did some performing; I always enjoy seeing his performance- he did the song “Penetration”, that 60′s Surf hit, and it was awesome. Also, to start the evening off, we had the BATTLE OF THE BANDS! I was so proud of my band- “Sarah and the Number 2s”. They came up with great ideas and all I had to do was type them up. Thank you so much to my fabulous group! The other bands were also amazing- so much creativity and guts. I was so impressed at how well people put themselves out there; great job to everyone- wow!
After the Saturday evenings performances- there was even more music. Gerald Ross was going to be leaving at 3AM, so for a good send off, we stayed up and jammed till it was time for him to leave. I had a great time jamming with Joel, Dave, and Gerald. There was magic in the air. Eventually- others joined us, and we got every teacher involved in the Jam, including some of the “students”. I use the term students loosely, cause they taught me a thing or two….
I hope I get to come back next year- it was just way too much fun not to do again. I had great traveling companions- My friends Doug Hansen and Rich Maschner. We stopped at “In and Out” on the way up to Asilomar, and then on the way back, stopped and visited James Dean’s last stop! We had a blast, and let’s do it all again NEXT YEAR!!!