October 9-12, 2008 - Santa Cruz, CA
This weekend myself and NS/Stick master Don Schiff were the instructors at a Chapman Stick seminar in Santa Cruz. These events happen all over the globe several times a year and are simply put on by local hosts. This time the host was Neil Bettencourt, an excellent Santa Cruz drummer who is getting more and more proficient on NS/Stick by the day as well. About 15 or so of us congregated for three days, with Don and I usually teaching simultaneously in two adjoining rooms. People were free to wander between the rooms. There's really nothing quite like the sound of a dozen or so Sticks all playing together. The event also included two performances, one a house concert with just the teachers on Thursday night, and the other featured the teachers but also small sets from the students at a wonderful jazz club in Santa Cruz called the Kuumbwa. I'd played there many years ago opening for the California Guitar Trio and it was great to revisit such a nice local spot.

tap tap tap tap ta... wait.. tap tap tap tap
what was that Don?

mysteries of the Chapman Stick explained!!!

Don prepping at Kuumbwa

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