Ready for Friday

The registrations are in and the final preparations are underway! Our chef, Jim Rust, will be here a couple days early so that we can stock the kitchen with food.  Brian Taraz, our fellow weekend alum and musician, is coming to assist Jim. I appreciate these two guys very much.

MMW Free ShowWe’ll likely adjust the schedule somewhat, but for sure we’re doing a public show Saturday night. There are many local folks who have expressed an interest in coming – it should exceed any audience we’ve seen in years past.  So wish us all well in putting on a great show. We’ll have help from my own band mates Rick Heyman and Michael Parker who are coming from Tucson just to support us with bass and drums. They are adept at all genres!

Of course, we’ll take pictures to share here in our galleries.

To those coming, travel safely! To others, remember this next year.


Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist


The 12th Annual Music Industry Weekend
at Bosch Bahá’í School “Putting Ideas Into Action”

JOIN THE FUN!: 13-16 November 2014

to keep the Venue Open

We have a great line up of SONG-WRITING talent to help you songwriters hone your craft!

Award-winning Singer-Songwriter Robert Gillies will share a Songwriting Fundamentals session AND an Advanced Workshop! Professional science-fiction novelist AND songwriter Maya Bohnhoff will instruct us in “Mining Stories for Songs”.

AND we’ll have another SONGWRITING CHALLENGE like last year!

The song title will be announced 13 October (30 days to work your craft).

On the PERFORMANCE & PRODUCTION side of the house we will have veteran performer Alan James tuning up your Stage Presence and Jeff Bohnhoff, producer and recording engineer at Mystic Fig Studio, teaching us about Recording and Production.  Darrell Rodgers (me) will offer a session too, on Tools and Tips for the DIY musician

Our great friend Chuck Thrapp is coming to host SONG-CIRCLES in the Lodge giving everyone a chance to share new material in an intimate and friendly environment.

SING-ALONG Leaders! A Special Workshop is coming for YOU! This year’s Music Industry Weekend will include a special session designed to help you become a sing-along leader in your community AND teach you to TEACH OTHERS how to do so as well. This “Train the Trainers” course will be conducted by several MIW alumni with real skills in the process of awakening the “inner songbird” in all our friends. Rana Chang, and Jean T. Quinn,  both highly accomplished group-sing leaders themselves, will share their techniques for energizing the singers in your community.

And for those singers with a spirit of adventure, you will be more than welcome to lend your voices in collaborations with other musicians during the weekend.
This will certainly expand the HARMONY of this wonderful weekend! Come Join The Fun!

On-line Registration accessible be through this web site (see upper right corner!)

Here’s a pdf of the 2014 Music Industry Weekend schedule


Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator   
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

SONGWRITING CHALLENGE Song Title Announcement!

OK all you songwriters, here’s the challenge! You have 30 days to write a song to this title

“Fire and Flame”

We’ve got 30 days! Let’s get busy!!
Scroll down for information about Music Industry Weekend 2013 and register soon!


Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator, Music Industry Weekend
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

2013 Music Industry Weekend is on the way!


I have been working on our agenda for the upcoming Music Industry Weekend (Oct 24-27) and conferring with several of our main presenters. While we are still working out the details, I want to share with you our there:

“Fanning the Fire of Action through Music!”

This weekend is being designed as a pragmatic aid to our younger musicians of service in the wake of the 95+ Youth Conferences happening around the globe.

We thought “Who better to keep the fires burning in the hearts of the youth than those Baha’i musicians who attended!”

And to that end, we determined that the skill sets of greatest immediate importance are those that improve CONTENT and DELIVERY!

Robert Gillies from Scotland, by way of Boston, performs one of his excellent tunes.

Robert Gillies from Scotland, by way of Boston, performs one of his excellent tunes.

So I am pleased to announce that Mr Robert Gillies, award-winning, internationally recognized songwriter and performer will be presenting workshops on SONGWRITING.  Robert, who has a degree in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music,  is a true professional and his sessions last year were deeply appreciated by all who attended.

To make the event even more exciting, we will issue a SONGWRITER’S CHALLENGE on September 24th giving those who accept the challenge, 30 days to write a song with the title we will announce. So, watch this space and the Baha’i Musicians Group International on Facebook, for the song title on 24 September.  On Friday of our Music Industry Weekend, we will all share our new songs of the same name. This will be huge fun.

So, that’s content. But what about Delivery?  TREAT NUMBER 2: We have a “coalition of forces” coming together to present PERFORMANCE and stage presence techniques that help you engage and inspire your audience. This is an art unto itself and no one is better at audience engagement than Mr. Chuck Thrapp of the group “Sugar Pine”

Chuck Thrapp performs his "In-Law Blues"

Chuck Thrapp performs his “In-Law Blues”

which has for 30 years been thrilling audiences of diverse background in the Yosemite area.  Chuck will be joined by veteran performer Mr. Alan James, whom many of you know as a tough task master of stage presence tune-ups. And Yes, Alan will be providing those workshop sessions as well to give you personal attention.  And just to make it fun, Robert and I will join the performance presentation team. Between the four of us, we feel confident we can help you light fires in the hearts in your audience.

And just to sweeten the appeal, we will also have Mr. Russ Salton with us again this year and he’s bringing his recording equipment. This is an opportunity to get a track recorded by a man who knows what he’s doing.  Russ works very hard each time he brings his studio to Bosch but he says its a labor of love.

There’s more coming, so stay tuned, and make plans now to join us for our 11th Music Industry Weekend at Bosch Baha’i School!

Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

Music Industry Weekend 2012 – success!

Our TENTH Music industry Weekend was great!  I want to share some photos with you…

I hope you enjoyed those and will make a plan to join us next year, October 24 – 27, 2013 for the 11th Music Industry Weekend. Subscribe to this website to stay apprised of the plans as they develop, and to keep up to date on our alumni activities.

I will be building an additional scrapbook as time permits and establishing another Flickr site too!

Here’s a couple photos of the “firepower” we had on site

Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator, Music Industry Weekend
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

Weekend Promo Video

Here’s what’s Happening next week:


Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

Our Tenth Annual Gathering

October 25-28 at Bosch Baha’i School – our TENTH annual gathering!
The 10th Annual Music Industry Weekend at Bosch Bahá’í School happens 25-28 October 2012
Starting Thursday evening (or Wednesday evening for early-bird arrivers) and continuing through Sunday noon.


It would be wonderful to have a large number of first-time participants.
Our theme this year, “Affecting Public Discourse on Social Change through Music”, will center on how we as musicians can affect the direction and tone of public discourse on social change. I will be sending out more thoughts on this important theme as the time draws nearer.
This year’s workshop topics include:
DIY video production (Darrell Rodgers),
Touring (Tyler Thompson),
Live Performance (Stephan Fordham),
Stage Presence Tune-up (Alan James) and
Songwriting – in 2 parts (Robert Gillies). (Robert, by the way, has a DEGREE in songwriting from BERKLEE College of Music).
And our great friend Chuck Thrapp will be returning this year to host some song circles in the lounge and we’ll even have a stereo there (I hope) so you can share some tracks with your friends.

Thursday evening’s song circle and Friday evening’s open mic will help us select the acts for out public performance on Saturday Night.

Remember, for you serious jammers out there with some extra time and maybe just a few more dollars in your pocket, we are planning an early arrival Option on Wednesday night, 24 October 2012, for any of you who’d like to spend ALL DAY THURSDAY just playing music together. It will be like a little extra treat in the retreat!
Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator, Music industry Weekend
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist