“This retreat was easily one of the most influential and life-changing experiences of my life on both a musical and personal level.”
—Dustin K., 2015 attendee
Connect your practicing, listening, and
improvising in a holistic way.
This short video is about last year's retreat (2016) but will still give you a good feel for the experience:
Once upon a time, three Bob's had an idea...
What if there was a place to get a bunch of saxophone players away from all our modern distractions and focus on making better music for a few days?
A place where you could share the music-making process in a holistic way, with enough time for students to make game-changing progress?
Enter the Inside:Outside retreat
This is not a camp about playing inside or outside the changes (though we'll certainly dive deep into both of those topics).
Making music—especially the highly personal, improvised version—requires a lot of knowledge and skill...but it also demands vulnerability.
To make great music on the outside you have to know—and be comfortable with—who you are inside.
What to expect
Come join 3 Bobs and 50 fellow saxophonists for a week designed to inspire, inform and invert the way you process, practice and perform music.
Held at Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature in Only, Tennessee, this is an intimate group event. You will practice and perform daily, surrounded by people eager to learn and to share what they've learned.
We'll start Tuesday night by setting the groundwork for the connections that will follow. You’ll also meet chef John.
Wednesday through Saturday you’ll rotate through 4 workshops per day with the Bobs—and special guest instructors.
The daily workshops will focus on:
- optimizing your practicing
- learning tunes
- playing in different styles
- professional & career aspects
- and more
There will be Q&A sessions, exercises and practice time, and performances in small groups. Bring your questions, your musical frustrations, and most of all, your enthusiasm and desire to grow.
Who it's for
This retreat is for the player who has a real desire to improve.
We are looking for those who have at least a couple years on the horn (intermediate to advanced) and are 17 years of age or older. If you have doubts of your level send us some video or recordings to check out and we will get back to you quickly.
Our focus will be getting you in touch with your inner musical self. We want to help you maximize your practice time, deepen your listening skills, and find a path toward improvisation that reflects who you are as a person.
Part of that journey will include something you've probably never experienced at any other jazz camp or school: an integrated experience with nature. Bob Hemenger will open your eyes—and ears—to how a deeper connection with nature can enhance your musical expression.
“For future attendees: do not underestimate the role of Bob Hemenger. His activities are designed to bring you closer to your real essence and beware contempt in yourself and in others. It' only a mechanism that stems from insecurity and prevents one from embracing the unknown.”
—Pierre Guillemette, 2015 attendee
August 8-13, 2017
Wooten Woods (one hour outside Nashville, TN)
WHO CAN ATTEND?
Saxophone players age 17 and up. (We've had players in their early 70s) You just need to have at least a few years of playing under your belt and a strong desire to improve. Don't worry about your experience level. We divide players into smaller groups to pair you with people in more or less the same boat as you. You'll get the instruction you need based on where you are in your development.
Tuition is $1,075 USD ($950 if paid in full before June 4, 2017)
A $400 USD non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot. Balance due by start of retreat.
- on-site lodging
- ALL meals from dinner on Tuesday through breakfast on Sunday
- ground transportation to and from BNA airport
- and of course, four full days of classes, clinics, concerts, guest lectures, and your final concert with a pro band.
PLEASE have a look at these photos to get a feel for the retreat
The retreat is limited to 50 players.
Don’t wait, Reserve your spot today!