Ukulele, Swing Dance and Youth

Workshop One: UKULELE

Ukulele WorkshopThis promises to be a unique, hands-on experience for ukulele lovers, or anyone who would like to have a go at playing this user-friendly instrument. This workshop offers a rare opportunity for participants to learn from master musicians and to share their talents on-stage with the Janet Seidel Trio during the first half of their concert.

The workshop consists of two ninety minute workshops led by Chuck Morgan of the Janet Seidel Trio. The sessions are on Saturday and Sunday, and the workshop concludes with participation in the final concert of the Festival on Sunday afternoon. Enrolment is open to players of all ages [from 12 years plus] and all skill levels, from beginner to advanced.

Cost $66/$60*. | $90 Including basic Ukulele. Includes admission to final concert session of Jazz Festival.

Note Ukuleles are not provided but can be purchased for as little as $30.

* Discount for members of RSL / DJC / Macquarie Conservatorium / Dubbo Young Professional Network and for school students. Proof required on entry.

SESSION ONE: Saturday 10 August from 1-2:30pm at Macquarie Conservatorium
SESSION TWO: Sunday 11 August from 1-2:30pm at Macquarie Conservatorium
FINAL PERFORMANCE: Sunday 11 August 4pm at the Dubbo RSL with the Janet Seidel Trio

To enroll fill out workshop registration form (Uke-Workshop-Form) and return to Dubbo Jazz.

To find out more information (Ukulele workshop information).

ukulele-black-whiteNEED A UKULELE?
One of the joys of ukulele playing is that they are not an expensive musical instrument to buy in most cases. In fact our Friends at Totally Music in Dubbo can organise a reasonable ukelele for you to buy  and play at the workshop. For around $50 you can purchase a uke with extra strings and instructions and it could be ready at the Festival when you arrive if you are from out of town. Totally Music will also have a display in the Marketplace at the RSL Terrace  at the Festival from Friday thru Sunday.

A basic beginners Ukulele can be sold with the $90 workshop ticket package.

If you would like to discuss buying a Ukelele ring Steve or Sharon at TOTALLY MUSIC in DUBBO on 02 6882 6686 or email


Watch a video of a recent Ukulele Workshop in Melbourne:

About Chuck Morgan: Workshop leader

Chuck Morgan is one of Australia’s most in demand guitarists, working with leading jazz musicians and acknowledged widely as a highly talented and versatile musician.

Chuck was born in Auckland, New Zealand of Maori/European heritage. His father, Howard, taught him to play ukulele at 5 years old and later, guitar. At 9 years old, his musical education continued with his uncle, John Bradfield, a master guitarist who familiarised the young guitarist with European, South American, popular and jazz melodies. Chuck was guitarist with the Television New Zealand Orchestra and the Auckland Radio Orchestra before relocating from New Zealand to Sydney in 1986. He is currently a regular member of the touring and recording bands of Australian vocalist /pianist Janet Seidel and also Dan Barnett (Australian trombonist /vocalist). Chuck’s Ukulele workshops are famous and sought after around the country.

You might also like to see this wonderful book that our talented designer and webmaster Paul Andrews illustrated  – Ode to Uke



Swing dancing originated as a social dance, and that’s how it will be at the Dubbo Jazz Festival! The Canberra Swing Katz experts lead an introductory workshop and an Intermediate workshop on Saturday 10 August from 2-5pm. Their workshops are designed to get you up and dancing asap, no previous experience required! Join one or both workshops and then dance the night away at the Festival’s Big Band Night, featuring the RAN Admiral’s Own Big Band, Great Western Plains Big Band and Tin Roof Big Band, Saturday 8-11pm in the RSL Auditorium.

In your workshop, you will learn the basic steps and fundamental leading/following techniques you need to look and feel great on the dance floor. You don’t need to bring a partner (though it helps if you can!) and flat, comfy shoes are best. The workshop provides an introduction to Charleston and Lindy Hop, and also some more advanced teaching for those with a little more experience. You can do one or both workshops, or do the first and then decide to join in for the second! All ages are welcome young and older, and the first workshop is for true beginners, but you might well progress to second workshop if you enjoy the expereince.

The Big Band Night consists of three hours of big band live entertainment and demonstration swing dance from Canberra Swing Katz. Food and drinks will be available from the RSL.

SESSION ONE: Beginners Swing Dance Saturday 10 August from 2-3:30pm at Wesley Church Hall $44/$40*
SESSION TWO: Intermediate Swing Dance Saturday 10 August from 3.45pm-5:15pm at Wesley Church Hall $44/$40*
COMBINED SESSIONS ONE & TWO: Beginners and Intermediate Swing Dance from 2-5:15pm at Wesley Church Hall $66/$60*
Workshop cost includes free admission to Big Band Night (normally $25)

* Discount for members of RSL / DJC / Macquarie Conservatorium / Dubbo Young Professional Network and for school students. Proof required on entry.

To enrol fill out workshop registration form (download here) and return to Dubbo Jazz.

Things related to this event:

Plan what to wear: To make you night complete you might like to consider hiring dance costumes from Dubbo’s Illusion Costume Hire or ring 02 6881 8936

Plan your Meal: You might also like to dine at the restaurant at RSL prior to the big band night.  They are offering a special menu for your consideration or ring 02 6882 4411


Canberra Swing CatsAbout Canberra Swing Katz

With the motto ‘All the Cats Join In’, we’re all about fun, friends and great dancing! With a touch of vintage flavour, we love to bring the dances, music and style of the 1920’s-50’s to today. With a view to creating choice and opportunities for swing dancing and building a fun-loving community, we invite you to join in!




FRIDAY 9 AUGUST 4.00pm-5.30pm MACQUARIE CONSERVATORIUM with The Con Artists plus Festival artists followed by performance with The Con Artists at RSL Entertainment Lounge 6.15-7pm. Contact for further information.


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PO Box 1711, Dubbo, NSW 2830