“THE STORM KING TROMBONE ENSEMBLE” 20th Anniversary Concert to benefit the Vietnam Veterans
PERFORMANCE DATE: April 28, 2017 AT 7:30PM
Come and enjoy the musical talents of trombonists Doug Remine, Nate Rensink, Sam Shackleton and Pastor Marty Tyce. Admission is free. We ask that you please bring a clothing &/or shoe donation to benefit the Vietnam Veterans Association
“THE JAMES I. O’NEILL CHORUS” Holiday Concert
PERFORMANCE DATE: December 17, 2016 AT 7:00PM
The James I. O’Neill High School select choir will be performing “Lessons and Carols”
“THE HUDSONEERS” Concert
PERFORMANCE DATE: NOVEMBER 19, 2016 AT 7:00PM – DOORS OPEN AT 6:30PM
The Hudsoneers will be performing followed by a wine and cheese party and silent auction. The festivities begin at 7pm with the doors opening at 6:30pm. This is our 4th annual auction and all are welcome. It will be an enjoyable evening not to mention, you can go home with a great basket!
“MARIST COLLEGE BRASS ENSEMBLE”
PERFORMANCE DATE: NOVEMBER 13, 2016
The Marist College Brass Ensemble will be performing during the Sunday service
“MARIST COLLEGE GOSPEL CHOIR” Concert
PERFORMANCE DATE: NOVEMBER 14, 2015 AT 7:00PM – DOORS OPEN AT 6:30PM
The Marist College Gospel Choir will be performing followed by a wine and cheese party and silent auction. The festivities begin at 7pm with the doors opening at 6:30pm. This is our 3rd annual auction and all are welcome. It will be an enjoyable evening not to mention, you can go home with a great basket!
“STORM KINGS” Concert
PERFORMANCE DATE: March 24, 2015 AT 7:30PM AFTER MID-WEEK SERVICE
“STEEL TAMBU” Concert
PERFORMANCE DATE: March 10, 2015 at 7:30pm AFTER MID-WEEK SERVICE
UNCOMMON GROUND” Concert – Bluegrass Band
February 24, 2015 7:30pm
Notable Quotes … “Uncommon Ground” is one of the most talented and entertaining bands around. Each musician travels easily through the musical worlds of bluegrass, swing, old-time and even classical music, demonstrating true instrumental brilliance and diversity. Enjoyable vocals and humorous banter round out their stage shows guaranteeing a great time. See them and be prepared for an uncommonly good experience – they’re terrific.” … Carol Beaugard – Host of “Lonesome Pine RFD” Heard on WFDU-FM in the NY metropolitan area and on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country: High Definition Bluegrass in Washington DC “To witness a show with Uncommon Ground that includes the likes of Wayne Fugate, Rachel Handman & Phil Helm is to witness passion, dedication and the truly incredible & delightful sounds that come from the individuals, as well as the mingling of the strings, notes and harmonies as a group. They are totally professional musicians in every sense of the word, but what the audience hears and sees Â is five adults having a play date! And what could be better than that?!” … Pat Mazo – Owner, Bodles Opera House, Chester, NY “This group of seasoned and skilled musicians play old-timey & bluegrass music the way it was intended to be played – with energy and contagious fun. Individually, they have been friends of the Towne Crier Café for many years. It’s great that they’ve found each other and a delight to have them perform here. The future is bright for this band!” … Phil Ciganer – Owner, The Towne Crier Café, Pawling, NY “Wow!!! Be sure you get to an “Uncommon Ground” show for a refreshing alternative bluegrass experience! Cool arrangements, hot licks, smooth vocals, & great jokes – they will entertain and inspire!” … Sara Gallmann – Music at the Mission, West Milford, NJ “People had said you guys were good – ‘real tight ’. I’ll say! We really appreciated your great sense of humor and adventure and the music itself was top shelf – people loved you guys! Thanks for making our event a hit! … Joe Kiernan – Scenic Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY Uncommon Ground performed at the Poughkeepsie, NY annual “Bluegrass Â Between Â the Bridges” this past September and absolutely wowed the audience! Aside from each band member having an unfair allotment of musical talent, they have a joy and energy that the audience could easily tap into. What a joy to watch them perform and even more to hear them perform!! ! Working with this band was also a joy. They were eager to support our organization and cooperated without the usual “artistic” temperament . It was a pleasure having them on our stage and we look forward to many more performances by this new and talented group. … Lynn Lipton – Hudson Valley Bluegrass AssociationÂ
At Â A Glance …
“Uncommon Ground”, is a hot alternative bluegrass group from New York’s Hudson Valley that is on a mission to flex the boundaries of traditional music. They’re the complete package … great vocals, fiery instrumental abilities and a continually evolving repertoire of well-crafted tunes. “Uncommon Ground” is schooled in tradition yet is able to stretch out in inspired improvisation. In short, “Uncommon Ground” is as fresh an addition to the bluegrass—make that, the music—scene as has come along in quite a while … Their performances are not to be missed! “Uncommon Ground” draws on the talents of Mike Kobetitsch, and Wayne Fugate, both long-time veterans of the Bluegrass scene who have performed with Grammy award winner, Lisa Gutkin and a host of other noteworthy bands and musical luminaries, and the ever amazing Rachel Handman and Phil Helm, two principles in the Hudson Valley Philharmonic whose technical precision, fertile inventiveness, surprising touches and mastery of the Bluegrass genre, give the band a distinctive, signature voice. Newest member Craig Bitterman rounds out the band’s sound with a small arsenal of percussion instruments played with lightness and style that propels the music forward and infuses it with undeniable groove.
Quick Facts: Home Base – New York’s Hudson Valley Genre – Progressive Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Instrumentation – Vocals, Violin, Guitar, Bass, Mandolin & Percussion Available for – Festivals, Clubs, Coffee Houses & Concerts (from concert halls to house concerts), Workshops & Master Classes, Radio, Television Sound System – A complete, professional sound system is available on request Recent Performances: Towne Crier Café – Pawling, NY “Bluegrass in Greenville” – Festival, Greenville, NY “Bluegrass Between the Bridges” / Hudson River Arts Festival – Poughkeepsie, NY Bodles Opera House – Chester, NY Hartwick College – “Art ists in Residence” – Oneonta, NY
Uncommon Ground 150 Odyssey Drive Chester, New York 10918 Phone: 845-469-6405 | Fax: 845-610-3614 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Uncommon Ground Meet The Band …
Rachel Handman– Rachel is a classically trained musician who possesses t he rare talent of being able to comfortably and convincingly transition between t he precision required by the classical, symphonic literature she was raised on and the soul fullness of traditional fiddle music that captivated her many years ago. She is principle violinist with the Ridgefield Symphony and a member of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Tourmaline String Quartet. She was also a founding member of t he critically acclaimed “Barebones & Wild flowers” bluegrass band. She now brings her considerable talents t o “Uncommon Ground”.
Phil Helm– A master instrumentalist and chameleon of styles, Phil Helm has established himself as a vibrant and innovative performer in a variety of genres that range from classical to bluegrass to jazz. His virtuosity and musicianship have made him one of the most “in demand” bassists on the classical , jazz and bluegrass scenes today . Phil is the Principal Bassist of t he Hudson Valley Philharmonic, as well as the Assist nt Principal Bassist of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. He also performs frequently with the Binghamton , Buffalo, Ridgefield and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras. Phil is equally at home playing jazz too; he joined the prestigious U.S. Military Academy’s Concert Band in September of 2006, where he is often featured as a soloist.
Wayne Fugate- One of the New York area’s most versatile acoustic musicians, Wayne’s playing combines emotion and intellect with technical precision.Â Accomplished in many musical genres, he is able t o swing gracefully from jazz to classical to bluegrass and Latin styles. Wayne puts his own imaginative and adventurous stamp on everything he plays, yet the respect he has for tradition is readily apparent in his playing.
Mike Kobetitsch– Mike is one of the most inventive and original guitarists in the bluegrass/ acoustic music scene. His solos, a seamless amalgam of bluegrass, celtic, folk, and jazz influences, shift easily from breath taking virtuosity to graceful melodic musings and his accompaniment is always intriguing, supportive and propulsive. A “ first – call” musician in the greater NY area, Mike’s jaw – dropping technique, deep background in tradition , and fluency in multiple styles have landed him many important gigs that span a thirty year career .
Craig Bitterman– Craig is a thoroughly amazing drummer of substance and creative wherewithal … a true percussion wizard who always seems t o come up with just the right sound at just the right moment and whose imaginative approach to playing makes for some truly marvelous sonic coloration and surprises! Craig earned h is Bachelor of Music in performance from SUNY Buffalo and relocated to Connecticut after receiving a Master of Music (performance) from the Hartt School of Music. After completing his graduate studies, and t aught percussion at Holyoke community College, Wesleyan University and Hartford Conservatory.