(The total run time of all three videos < 5 minutes.)
David Mills has assembled a team of musicians, teachers and students to develop a new-style dance band. The mission is to reunite live music with social dancing. By creating life-long opportunities to play orchestral instruments, we can inspire students to stick with their instruments even when a future in classical music seems unlikely. Sometimes talented teens will find themselves performing side-by-side with one of their teachers or even a parent as seen in this next video.
When we tested the DoSo® Dance Band concept, naysayers told us: “Teenagers will never dance to live music.” For this afternoon presentation we told the audience they could dance if they were moved to do so. The song is “Woy-de-Woy” written by David Mills.
Watch what happens!
A DoSo® Dance Band can perform with just seven musicians, and the scores are flexible with simple, written parts in order to accommodate those who play instruments not usually associated with dance band music. The intention is that each arrangement can be played by good, amateur musicians with plenty of room for virtuosity in the improvisation sections.
— Improvisation is the wellspring for innovation in both the arts and industry.
DoSo® Dances are sometimes organized as fund-raising events as seen in this next video.
To create a DoSo® Dance Band in your community contact:
David Mills — 777doso@gmail
If you go to our Materials page, you will find abbreviated sample recordings. You will also find computer playback recordings that help musicians learn to read their parts and to improvise in the “Jam” sections.
(NOTE: The DoSo Dance Band uses Fender amplifiers and Samson sound reinforcement equipment exclusively.)