Mark your calendars.  Our next Flea Jumper extravaganza will be, March 28, at the studio of Gordon Huether (The Hay Barn), 1821 Monticello Road, Napa, at 5pm. Click here for a map. Thanks to Eva, it looks like this will be the Flea Jumper’s new home..and what a beautiful home it is.  But, just to be on the safe side, bring a chair and a music stand if you have one.  Also, be sure to update your Flea Jumper Songbook with the songs listed in the Song Files.  If you don’t have a copy of the Flea Jumper Songbook, a copy of each song in the Song Files will at least get you off to a very good start. New songs are always welcome, but be sure to bring at least 12 copies to share. For ideas for new songs, be sure to visit Song Sources.

And don’t forget, besides making memorable music, Flea Jumpers like to eat wonderful food  and sip fabulous drinks…….so please bring enough to share…..


More Calendar Items

We have the dates for the 2010 Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival: September 11 & 12 at Beringer Vineyard, with the fabulous luau, again, on Saturday night at Flora Springs. We’ve got lots of surprises in store and there will be a whole bunch of new things to see and try, so be sure to save the dates. If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe to the festival website to make sure you’re kept abreast of all the latest. In terms of volunteers, what we’re looking for right now are good-hearted folks who would like to share their home (or guest cottage) with one (or more) of our instructors while they’re in town.  I can’t tell you how much absolute fun it is.  Also, if you’d like to sponsor the festival by adopting your favorite uke player and bringing him or her  in for the festival, just let me know.

And, speaking of ‘ukulele festivals, there’s another one coming up in Texas.  Yep, that’s right.  It’s the Lone Star Ukulele Festival, and it looks like three days of pure ukulele bliss (April 29, 30, and May1), including a special ukulele teacher training workshop offered by James Hill on April 27 & 28, geared for anyone who wants to start and mantain a successful  ‘ukulele progam.  Be sure to check out their website for more information and giddy on up!  

No Time to Waste!

The Hawaii County Band, which is part of the Parks & Recreation Department of County of Hawaii, has just been informed that they will not be funded after June 30, 2010, thereby effectively ending a 127 year Big Island of Hawaii tradition. The Hawaii County Band was formed in 1883 during the period of the Hawaiian Monarchy and existed through the Hawaiian Republic and was incorporated into the County of Hawaii during the territorial period of Hawaii. Even if you don’t live in Hawaii, please show your support for the music & arts, the Big Island community as well as a part of history and sign this petitionBut please hurry, the County Council is meeting on the March 22, 2010 to discuss the final budget. They have the power to overturn the Mayor’s budget and fund the band.

Press here to sign the petition and help preserve this living national treasure.


Summer Plans

Be sure to check out Camps & Workshops. I’ve just added the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and I hear it fills up quickly!  Don’t let the name fool you.  Their staff includes some of the best ‘ukulele instructors available: James Hill, Jere Canote, and Gerald Ross. Plus they have a Spring Retreat coming up, Friday April 30 to Sunday, May 2 , which might be just the ticket if you can’t get away for a full week this summer.

And if you don’t want to travel as far as Puget Sound, you should consider the California Coast Guitar Camp with two sessions: July 11 – 17 and July 18 – 24. James Hill will be the resident ‘ukulele guru in the first session and Jere Canote will take over in the second session.

If you’re a teacher, or you just can’t get enough of James Hill, please take note:  registration for the James Hill Ukulele Initiative Teacher Certification Program is now open! Due to overwhelming interest, James will be running Summer Institutes in three locations this year:Vancouver, BC (July 8-9); Toronto, ON (August 23-24); and Truro, NS (August 26-27).  Registration in each location is limited to 20 places so register early to avoid disappointment. 

And, finally, just in case you are not one of the 15 million people in the world who has NOT seen this video, enjoy. 

See you Sunday.