PR: The Flying Musicians Association’s first “FMA AirVenture MusicJams” will take place Monday through Friday during this year’s convention, 7-10 p.m. nightly in Honda Forums Plaza, Forum Building #9. Each night will open with a scheduled performer who will be followed by special guests, an Open Mic segment, and lastly, an Open Jam.
If you have room for your guitar, sax, flute, or other musical instrument in your plane, bring it along and let’s jam! Performers are invited to come early and sign up for an Open Mic slot. “You never know who will show up,” says FMA co-founder John Zapp.
Adds FMA co-founder Aileen Hummel, “The number of Flying Musicians will astonish some, but certainly won’t shock the music- and aviation-minded individual.”
Everyone is welcome to join the Flying Musicians at the MusicJams. Bring your friends and family. You do not need to be a musician or a pilot to attend. We'd love you to have fun, meet new people, and enjoy the music!
More from FMA at AirVenture 2011
This year at AirVenture FMA performers will play under the Brown Arch on Tuesday, July 26, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Award-winning singer, songwriter and film and television composer Suzanne Brindamour (who wrote the music for the documentary film, Barnstorming) will perform at 11:30. At 12:30 p.m., hear Dr. Ian Blair Fries, accordionist extraordinaire and world-traveling TBM pilot, play French musettes, popular American standards, and early 1900s South American music.
You’ll also find a Flying Musician performing at the Sennheiser Pavilion Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring your lunch, sit a spell, and enjoy the music.
A special FMA presentation, “Symphony in the Skies: a Correlation Between Aviation and Music,” will be presented on Monday, July 25, 2:30-3:45 p.m. in Forum Pavilion 01. Have you ever wondered why there are so many pilots who play music and why there are so many musicians who fly? What do these seemingly unrelated pursuits have common? Are the musically-inclined better equipped to learn to fly? The Flying Musicians have compiled information to answer questions and more.
Throughout the week visit the Flying Musicians Association’s informational table in the Vintage Hangar (#269 on the online map) to find out more about this popular, fast-growing group of passionate aviators and musicians. You’ll never know who will be there, so stop by and visit. Perhaps we’ll strike up a tune!
For more information, visit the FMA website.