Funk Ensemble | St. Lawrence University Music

Funk Ensemble

SLUFunk is an ensemble dedicated to the performance of music drawn primarily from the American R&B, soul, and funk music of the 1950s-1970s, but we have also explored styles ranging from Afro-Cuban jazz to Nigerian Afro-beat to contemporary hip-hop. Cross-listed in both the Music and History Departments, we both play the music and seek to understand its historical context and significance.

SLUFunk is modeled on the organization and experience of a working band: participants engage in collective decision-making about membership, repertoire, and public performances, and are expected to be involved in the work of the band from writing arrangements to designing posters to lugging gear. We also seek opportunities to perform beyond a single end-of-semester concert: our shows have included Parent’s Weekend dances at Java, benefits for campus organizations, and opening for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

Rehearsals (starting September 1)

  • Sundays, 4-5:30pm, and Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm, in the Launders Underground

Performance Dates

  • TBD

Auditions

SLUFunk seeks a female vocalist, a male vocalist, a trumpet player, and a keyboardist. Auditions times are available from Sunday, September 1, at 4pm until Wednesday, September 4, at 9pm. To arrange for an audition, contact Larry Boyette, director.