SONGER STUDIO
RHYTHM SECTION
The Chaska Middle School-West Rhythm Section is a hand picked group of 8th grade musicians.  It consists of a guitarist, pianist, bass player, drummer and typically a horn player and a vocalist.  The Rhythm Section is directed by Eric Songer although it usually becomes a self-directed group.  Rehearsals are on Thursday mornings before school.  The group performs at a variety of event including house band for the CMSW Talent Show, jazz festivals, Evening with the Stars, backing band for the Rock Chorus, Curriculum Night and the 8th grade award breakfast.

The Rhythm Section provides students an education on what a rhythm section’s role in music can be.  The group does everything from acting as a jazz combo learning standards and blowing over chord changes to acting as a house band at the variety show playing many short cues between acts.  Learning how to read a variety of different styles of music, song forms, learning by listening, voicings, transpositions, and so much more is all tied into being a part of this group.  Students leave this group so much more knowledgeable about how music and performing music works.

The Rhythm Section began as the Blues Combo in 2004.  The group met voluntarily once a week before school which remains the rehearsal schedule to this day.  The group played at a jazz concert and on an elementary school tour.  In 2005, the group was renamed the Jazz Combo.  Performances at the inaugural CMSW Talent Show and the 8th grade award breakfast were added in 2006.  Throughout the years, performances have included local coffee shops, at school lunch shifts, at the Minnesota Middle School Convention and at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Convention.  In 2011, the name of the group was changed to the Rhythm Section.  The role of backing of the new Rock Chorus was added in 2012.      

The last couple sessions of the Rhythm Section met on Thursdays before school.  Added to the list of performances were a concert at the American Mid Level Educators National Conference on November 8, 2013.  and the MMEA on February 13, 2015.

The Rhythm Section meets on Thursday mornings at 8 a.m. in the CMSW Band Room throughout the school year.
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DECEMBER 2008
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