Hey Camp Family! Today we showcase our guest conductor for the smallest performing group we have at camp: the Jazz Band. Gary Blumberg, or Gary Blu for short, is one cool cat and can't wait to work with all of the future campers in the Jazz Shack.
Gary has a degree in Music Composition from SUNY Binghamton and took graduate courses in commercial arranging and audio engineering at The New School. He worked as an assistant arranger at New York Rock & Soul Revue, as well as working as the music copyist for all of the Steely Dan tours. He performs and records with many local artists and big bands and also opened Rancho Cucamonga Studio, where he produces and records local songwriters.
Here is our Q&A with Gary:
What is your main instrument?
Flutes and saxophones
What is the first thing you do upon arriving at camp?
Breathe deep, take in all the magic that is Laurel, hug Bill Glenister, Bridget, then everyone else.
What is your favorite color of bug juice?
Um, well, let's see... Blue!
What's the best advice anyone has given you as an educator and/or conductor?
Name an interesting non-music hobby/interest
What is your favorite band/orchestra/jazz/choral piece?
Whatever is being rehearsed at the Jazz shack.
Name one funky tune that every wanna be jazzer should listen to to get pumped up for camp
I would have to say that "What is Hip?" has been synonymous with the LMC Jazz Band even before my tenure, and it's a staple with DJ Vjskuss (AKA Will Valenti).
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