Joining the Satellite Primos

Submitted by Jeff Goodspeed on Tue, 11 Sep 2018 - 2:28 pm

Satellite Primos 2018-19; Fall 2018 RecruitingSatellite

Los Primos Satellite program provides an enhanced learning experience for developing musicians in a small jazz ensemble setting. Improvisation and learning to play different styles of music is the focus of our instruction. From straight ahead jazz and blues to more sophisticated funk, R&B and Latin grooves, students learn how to play, from professional musicians young and old. The have the opportunity to be in a band where everyone is “into it”.

Los Primos project is a not for profit organization that been organizing cultural exchanges with music students and profession musicians form Cuba since 1998. We have sponsored more than 40 cultural exchange trips for music students and professionals during the past 20 years. 

Six Groups to Choose From 

Mondays - 7 to 9 - Fall River Primos - Joyful Sounds Music Studio (Grades 8 to 11) 

Tuesdays - 4 to 6 - Bayview Primos - Townies Music at 246 Bedford Hywy (Grades 6 to 9)

Tuesdays - 7 to 9 - Rockingham Primos - Townies Music at 246 Bedford Hywy (Grades 9 to 12+)

Tuesdays - 7 to 9 - Preston Primos - North Preston Community Centre (Intergenerational)

Wednesdays - 4 to 6 - Port Wallace Primos - 45 White St in Dartmouth (Grades 6 to 9)

Wednesdays - 7 to 9 - Dartmouth Primos - 45 White St in Dartmouth (Grades 9 to 12+)

Our Fees

The fall session will include 12 weeks of instruction while in the winter we offer 18 weeks. The fee for most bands is $20 per session and we have different payment plans available. Please contact us for more details.

Our Teachers

Jeff Goodspeed - Program Director 

As founder and Artistic Director of the Los Primos Project Jeff is well know to musicians and educators all over Canada. He is a music faculty member at the Nova Scotia Community College music program and brings a 45 year musical career to share with students. He will be visiting all the bands on a regular basis.

Ken MacKay - Director of Port Wallace and Dartmouth Primos

As a recently retired music teacher of 30+ years in our school system, Ken is delighted to be teaching in the Satellite Program this year. He is perhaps one of the most well know sax player on the Halifax music scene and a former president of the Atlantic Federation of Musicians. He has the magic touch when it comes to working with young people because not only is he funny but he is a "Swell Guy" and the son of one of Canada's most famous music Educators, Ron MacKay!

David Burton - Director of Bayview and Rockingham Primos

David has played drums with literally everyone from the east coast! He is the number one call for drums with Symphony Nova Scotia, Mike Cowie, Jeff Goodspeed; he has toured the world; played more TV and Radio shows than any other drummer from Atlantic Canada. But David also comes from the Truro "MacKay" School of Music that is the legacy of Ron MacKay.

Augusto Enriquez - Director of Preston Primos

Los Primos is so pleased to be able to have Augusto on our teaching team. He is one of the most well loved singers in all of Cuba and a fabulous guitar player. He has fallen in love with Halifax and has now moved here permanently. We will all benefit now from his decades of experience in the music scene of the world. He will be heading up the Preston Primos but will occasionally make appearances at every group's rehearsals. 

Ashley Cates - Director of Fall River Primos

Ashley is a long time teacher at the Joyful Sound Music Studios in Fall River. She graduated from the NSCC music program and is a certified Kinder Music instructor. She plays piano and is totally delighted to be a part of creating a new venue for the Satellite Primos. The Joyful Sound Music Studio has gained a reputation for excellence that makes it a perfect home for our newest Satellite group. Welcome aboard Ashley. 

Matt MacLennan - Bass instructor

Matt is a graduate of both the NSCC and St. FX music programs. He is definitely gaining a reputation as be best young bass player in Atlantic Canada. He plays regularly at Stayners Sedbe available as a clinician for our Satellite Groups.

Klarol Rodriguez - Satellite Primos Administrator

Keeping all of this together and running smoothly will be Klarol Rodriguez from Holguin Cuba. She is your contact for all things Primos. So if you are interested in joining a band but have further questions, please send an email to Klarol at klarolgr@gmail.com 

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We are looking for talented students who have been playing for one or two years and are looking to get serious about their learning. You can see the suggested grade levels for each group but if a student is a little older but would enjoy working with younger students, or if they are younger but have unusual talent; if they are keen, and the time works, we are open and flexible.

Over the past 15 years, the Los Primos Project has gained a reputation for producing exceptional young musicians. Los Primos student groups have played to standing ovations at the Halifax Jazz Festival 6 times and are well known throughout Nova Scotia and Cuba. Weekly rehearsals in small groups, with exposure to cultural exchange and inter-generational learning, have been the foundation of the Satellite Primos groups.

Each band is designed around the following instrumentation…

1 piano, 2 bass, 2 drums, 1 guitar - 6 melody instruments – (sax, trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet, violin) - (vocalists are often included especially if they also play an instrument) - (other instruments may be considered on a case by case basis)

To Apply for a Satellite Primos group Please Click Here