March Boulder Cello Project's "Cello Rock Band"

  • March 16, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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For intermediate/advanced players.

Come join us in a relaxed environment to play some cello rock ensemble music!

These arrangements are not for a mixed level ensemble (like our normal play-ins) and is on the "more difficult" side.

This playin may explore cello technique, musicality, music theory and ensemble playing using cello ensemble arrangements of rock and popular music!


Limited space available!

Some music will be passed out as they cannot be posted online. However, if you would like to take home the music to practice, we will require a $15 deposit which will be returned when you return the music. You must pick up or arrange for mailing.

We will be playing strictly non-classical cello music.


1) LiberTango (Piazzolla) => we know this is not rock, but we're testing it out!

2) Somebody I Used to Know (Gotye) => with updated printed parts!

3) Game of Thrones Theme Song => One more time!

4) Nothing Else Matters Cello Quartet (Metallica) => SIGHTREAD

...and a couple more songs to be sightread


Available songs to try to SIGHTREAD ONLY:

Moves Like Jagger (Maroon 5)

Bad Romance (Lady Gaga)

Viva La Vida (Coldplay)

Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)

19th Nervous Breakdown Cello Quartet (The Rolling Stones)

Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)

Every Breath You Take (Sting)

Tainted Love (Soft Cell)

Vicki will bring - "A Whiter Shade of Pale"

Vicki will bring - "Nights in White Satin"


1:30 PM - 2:00 PM This is for members who would like to eat some snacks and meet other members, or warm up, before playing. This is not required. Members can simply show up at the scheduled play-in time.

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM "Cello Rock." Time is flexible and you may stay longer or leave earlier depending on your schedule.

4:45 PM - 5:15 PM Group #1 Massage: Psyche (table), MaryAnn (table), Candace (chair), Vicki (chair)

-TENTATIVE: Jenny (either)

5:15 PM - 5:45 PM Group #2 Massage: Bill (table), Michelle (chair)


Moderator: Psyche Dunkhase.



Don't forget to bring a music stand if you have one (we have extras available as well) and please label your stand.


To prepare for this meeting:

1. Some music will be posted online and we will email you the password to access the music after you register. Go to our login page and select the Purple Lock to access music for this playin:

2. Some music will be sight read and provided during the session.


Check out our video excerpts from our past rock band play-ins:

1st play-in:

2nd play-in:



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  • Victoria B.

    Hi Gemma, two of the pieces I donated I purchased from Mona Lisa Sound - Hampton String Quartet. Their only requirement, as stated on their music packaging, is that they be given written or verbal credit for having made the arrangements whenever their music is performed in public. I purchased "Nights In White Satin" from and discussed this with the company. The owner told me that since I purchased the music I may make copies and perform the music. The only thing that a purchaser may not do is turn around and sell the arrangement to someone else. If we do a concert of this music, we can mention the arranger on the program as a courtesy. Thanks!

    3 · March 18, 2013

    • Victoria B.

      I wonder if the license only applies when performers charge ticket prices? I envisioned that our cello project concert would be free to the public? Just a thought. Thanks!

      1 · March 19, 2013

    • Gemma

      We should get together and chat to organize the mini-concerts! :) I know you have a lot of experience in setting these up and I'm more than happy to defer to your expertise - makes my job easier! ;)

      March 19, 2013

  • Michelle W

    Thanks for the great rock band session this weekend! I really enjoyed playing the piece that Vicki brought in and being able to repeat some of our songs from last time for some reinforcement. I feel some of the sight reading is helping me to become a better player. Thank you to Psyche for being a very patient moderator and being as thorough as possible with some of the more difficult spots in the songs as well. As always thanks to Bill and Gemma for their continued organization, and Abram for lining up the massages!

    2 · March 18, 2013

  • Victoria B.

    Thanks for the fun and great coaching by Psyche. After mastering all the Rock pieces we want to learn, I hope we can perform a public recital somewhere/sometime. Thanks for playing "White Shade of Pale" as our last piece or the day.

    3 · March 17, 2013

    • Abram

      Thanks for bringing the music Vicki, everyone seemed to enjoy it! I like your idea of a public performance with some of this fun contemporary stuff, I wonder if that's feasible with all of the copyright rules that Gemma has to work with?

      1 · March 17, 2013

    • Gemma

      Hi Vicki, I second that!! Thank you for bringing the music - they're all very lovely and I can't wait for the group to play them. Yes, great idea on the public performance! We have some concerts planned later this year, but we may be able to squeeze something in at the farmer's market or something during the summer? Since it'll be geared towards mostly advanced cellists, you guys won't need as many rehearsals! ;) I'll double check with the copyright stuff too.

      2 · March 17, 2013

  • Bill S.

    I forgot to thank Abram for arranging for massages post-Meetup; that seemed like a big hit for everyone able to stay!

    3 · March 17, 2013

    • Abram

      I'm glad it worked out, hopefully we can partner with Helen and Healing Spirits again! Or we could start hitting up the other schools too... :-)

      3 · March 17, 2013

  • Molly N.

    Once again, another musical, learning, stretching and inspiring CELLO ROACK BAND session - thanks to Psyche's very sensitive, precise and effective coaching and direction and Gemma's JAW DROPPING organization, promotion and consistent inclusive welcoming spirit. And of course - the flexible, open minded and eager particpating musicians! ENCORE!

    4 · March 17, 2013

  • Bill S.

    It was tons of fun! Thank you, Psyche, for insightful moderating, Vicki for finding extra (great!) music to bring in, Gemma for all the heaps of work you do, and everyone who took the time to respond for likes and dislikes for current and upcoming music choices!!

    3 · March 17, 2013

  • Gemma

    Hello cello rockers! Group 1 has been filled for massages. If you are still interested in a massage Group 2 still has openings. Please check the schedule for your name to confirm signup.

    March 3, 2013

  • Susan

    Shoot! I'll be out of town that week-end!

    January 27, 2013

  • Toni A.

    Oops, I did an RSVP YES for this by mistake. I hope my subsequent NO went through.

    January 27, 2013

    • Gemma

      Yes, it went through. :)

      January 27, 2013

  • Jen

    I missed playing today and am putting this on the calendar for March.

    January 26, 2013

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