The Flying Musicians Association will again run the popular “FMA AirVenture MusicJams” Monday through Friday during this year’s convention: 7-10 p.m. nightly in Honda Forums Plaza, Forum Building #9. Each night will open with a scheduled performer who will be followed by special guests, an Open Mic segment, and lastly, an Open Jam.
If you have room for your guitar, sax, flute, or other musical instrument in your plane, bring it along and let’s jam! Performers are invited to come early and sign up for an Open Mic slot. “You never know who will show up,” says FMA co-founder John Zapp.
Adds FMA co-founder Aileen Hummel, “The number of Flying Musicians will astonish some, but certainly won’t shock the music- and aviation-minded individual.”
Everyone is welcome to join the Flying Musicians at the MusicJams. Bring your friends and family. You do not need to be a musician or a pilot to attend. We'd love you to have fun, meet new people, and enjoy the music!
More from FMA at AirVenture 2012
A special FMA presentation, “Symphony in the Skies: a Correlation between Aviation and Music,” will be presented on Monday, July 23, 2:30-3:45 p.m. in Forum Pavilion #1. Have you ever wondered why there are so many pilots who play music and why there are so many musicians who fly? What do these seemingly unrelated pursuits have common? Are the musically-inclined better equipped to learn to fly? The Flying Musicians have compiled information to answer questions and more.
Throughout the week visit the Flying Musicians Association’s informational table in the Vintage Hangar (#269 on the online map) to find out more about this popular, fast-growing group of passionate aviators and musicians. You’ll never know who will be there, so stop by and visit. Perhaps you’ll meet a celebrity pilot/musician, or even strike up a tune!
For more information, visit the FMA website.
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FMA AirVenture MusicJam Schedule:
(Also online at http://www.airventure.org/news/2012/120620_fma.html)
Details, following page.
FMA AirVenture MusicJam Schedule:
Monday Evening, July 23 - MC – John Zapp
Main Performance: Alex and Marti Whitmore - Alex, a retired Delta pilot, now enjoys flying and instructing tailwheel aircraft. He is a folk singer/songwriter describing his music as, "Home-cooked Texas style music with humor for dessert." Marti is a coloratura soprano, opera singer, vocal coach, wife to Alex and mother to equally talented and famous daughters, Eleanor and Bonnie. She has also logged hundreds of hours in numerous tailwheel aircraft. Their music is nostalgic, whimsical, and delightful!
Tuesday Evening, July 24 - MC - John Zapp
Main Performance: Hillary Reynolds Band - Led by award-winning songwriter Hillary Reynolds (vocals, piano, mandolin), HRB features selected cuts from their critically acclaimed debut CD Since September, released in February 2012, as well as unique takes on other popular works. Hillary, a native of Appleton, Wis., and her fellow band mates met at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston. They include Jeff Hale, of rural Michigan (drums, percussion, ukulele); Trevor Jarvis, of greater Boston (cello, vocals); and Benjamin Kopf, of Sacramento (guitars, vocals).Together since 2009, the foursome fuses tight harmonies with prodigious musicianship to bring their heartfelt compositions to life. Their first recording effort, the EP First Loves, created a buzz on such websites as Soundcloud.com, paving the way for a nationwide tour in such venues as Chicago’s Elbo Room, NYC’s The Bitter End and Rockwood Music Hall, as well as The Red Room and The Middle East in Boston.
Wednesday Evening, July 25 - MC – John Zapp
Main Performance: Nik Tarascio - Through a fusion of atmospheric piano, rock drums, distorted guitars, and a tortured soul, Nik Tarascio cuts to the heart while trying to understand how to live with the only two absolutes in life, "I'm here now" and "I won't be here forever.” As a professional musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he has performed on a national tour with his band, released two albums as the front man of a band as well as one solo album. Nik has been around airplanes since he was two. Through piloting an airplane at 8, soloing on his 16th birthday, to earning his type rating in a Learjet at 19, to stunt flying in a Super Decathlon, he has experienced many sides of aviation and found his love for flight was best fostered through flying all over America in his Mooney with his acoustic guitar in the back. He also recently started flying aerobatics in a Super Decathlon. Nik is also an A&P mechanic with his IA certificate, an avionics technician, and CEO of the aviation company his parents started in 1982.
Thursday Evening, July 26 - MC - John Zapp
Main Performance: Joe.e - In parallel to building a career in aviation, Joe.e has spent nearly every spare minute with a guitar in hand. In similar fashion to his progress as a pilot, Joe spent several years working through cover, cover/original, and an all-original hard rock band that had moderate success on the Mid-Atlantic coast. This year, Joe released a new EP, All I Want which was recorded at Master Sound Studios in Virginia Beach, VA. Touring through the summer months was a successful effort with shows at major theme parks, fairs and many other great venues. Joe.e will appear with Vince Neil of Motley Crue on hit TV series "The Aviators" which was filmed June 26-July 2 in Las Vegas, NV.
Friday Evening, July 27 - MC – John Zapp
Main Performance: David Peel - Do you remember the TV show The Virginian? How about Daniel Boone? Peel took a detour from music to act when he left Tennessee for California. As a child, he says, “I was so convinced I could fly that I attempted to build a full-scale glider using my dad’s tools and his best wood.” Now living in Colorado and with a string of country hits and five albums, Peel completely captivates his audiences with a large variety of musical styles and crowd-pleasing favorites.
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