The Capital District Megaband is a community contra dance band based in Upstate New York and sponsored by the DanceFlurry Organization. The band consists of local amateur musicians interested in playing dance music for dancers.
Participating musicians are from all over the Capital region. Besides the fiddle, guitar, flute, and keyboard, any instrument that can play for dances is welcome.
Director / conductor George Wilson works with the group to focus on building repertoire and developing the nuances and groove necessary for good dance music.
Intermediate level players and higher are encouraged to join. Those who play by ear and those who read music are both accommodated. The goal of the Megaband is to provide an opportunity for musicians to play in a dance band setting. There are no individual instrument lessons. Dues are collected to pay for expert instruction and leadership, as well as rehearsal space. Our season begins in May with a rehearsal open to all. Various performance dates at dances and community events are scheduled throughout the year.
The Megaband will be playing at these events:
Sat. Oct. 26, contra dance at Mettabee Farm, 7 pm. http://www.mettabeefarm.com/
Sun. Nov. 24, rehearsal at Old Songs Building in Voorheesville (37 S Main St, Voorheesville, NY 12186), 2-5 pm.
Jan. 10, Albany contra dance at the Albany Elks Lodge, 25 South Allen St., Albany
Feb. 16, (probably), Flurry Festival in Saratoga Springs
Feb. 22, Clifton Park contra dance, Saratoga YMCA