Jug Band Ensemble - Taught by Ernie Vega 7:00PM-8:00PM - FRIDAY SEPT. 12, 18, 26, OCT. 3, 10, 17, 31 Learn how to play Jug Band music! In the early days of jug band music, guitar and mandolins were sometimes made from the necks of discarded guitars fastened to large gourds. Banjos were sometimes made from a discarded guitar neck and a metal pie plate. The eponymous jug sound is made by taking a jug (usually made of glass or stoneware) and buzzing the lips into its mouth from about an inch away. As with brass instruments, changes in pitch are controlled by altering lip tension, and an accomplished jug player could have a two octave range. The first jug bands to record were the Louisville and Birmingham jug bands. These bands played popular dance band jazz, using the jug as a novelty element. Vaudeville-blues singer Sara Martin and America's blue yodeler Jimmie Rodgers both employed these groups on their recordings. The Memphis area jug bands were more firmly rooted in country blues and earlier African-American traditions. Will Shade's Memphis Jug Band and Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers recorded the great songs that became the basis for the later jug band revival: "Stealin'," "Jug Band Music," "On the Road Again," "Whoa, Mule," "Minglewood Blues," "Walk Right In", and many others. Don't worry you won't have to make your own instrument! - - Full refunds or full credit for another session of classes are available until 72 hours before your 1st class begins. If you phone or stop by to cancel your registration 24 hours before your 1st or 2nd class begins, a partial prorated school credit can be given, If your class has met 3 times or it is less than 24 hours before your 3rd class, no school credit is available.